Yes, you read that right. SolidWorks Live Buildings, not Dassault Live Buildings. SolidWorks. Live. Buildings… as in the kind that you design and layout in 3D, as in the kind that is usually dedicated to programs like Revit, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD or other AEC software packages. SolidWorks is officially in the market and it’s all happening this year. Could this mark the transition of SolidWorks to V6?

Live Buildings: Part Duex

It’s not the first we’ve seen or heard of this product. Last July Dassualt showed-off a preview of Live Buildings and the speculation began. Now, it’s been revealed again. This time at SolidWorks World 2011 with the a bit of a surprise to some that it carries the SolidWorks name instead of the name of mother-ship Dassault. I’ve got thoughts about why that’s happening, but first a video to show you how it’s developed over the past few months.

SolidWorks. The Transition.

As you can see above, it’s got the ENOVIA 3D Live look to it – it has similar tools as CATIA for modeling and geometry manipulation and all the UI elements are the same. To me, this is the beginning of the visually transition of SolidWorks to the V6 platform. If Live Building had carried the Dassault name or 3DVIA name, seeing SolidWorks show up looking like this would make many scream in horror.

However, a program, with tools dedicated to Architecture, which SolidWorks users in that field have been asking for, makes any future change to actual SolidWorks (from a user perspective) seem much less dramatic with much less cause for alarm. Wouldn’t you say?


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.