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Dear all, 

The table below summarized the System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS Sell. 

System requirements for SOLIDWORKS Sell

Public Facing Websites

Backend Editor for Internal Designs



 iPad Air 2, Chrome or Safari, iOS 11+

 Android 5.1+ Chrome


 iPad Air 2, Chrome or Safari, iOS 11+

Android 5.1+ Chrome

Desktop and Laptop Browsers

Chrome 55+, Mac or PC

Firefox 50+, Mac or PC

Safari, Mac with IOS

Edge 81+

Internet Explorer is not supported

Chrome 55+, Mac or PC

·         Firefox 50+, Mac or PC

Safari, Mac with IOS 10.0.3+

 Internet Explorer and Edge are not supported

Video card drivers

Latest video card drivers are recommended. WebGL, WebGL2 and Hardware Accelerated should be enabled for optimal experiences.

Latest video card drivers are recommended. WebGL, WebGL2 and Hardware Accelerated should be enabled for optimal experiences.


A prior post shared the Web AR System Requirements


Hope it helps. 




Dear all,

Happy New Year!


The SOLIDWORKS Sell 2.12.7 release went live on January 7, 2020, after the happy holiday break.

This release features a significant enhancement that easily saves several hours per configurator per user.


Cool? Here is the story.


In our daily life, product families often hold one SKU to include a certain component and another SKU to exclude it.

For example, scooters with and without the basket.


 Image result for urbe scooter basketImage result for urbe scooter basket

Recycle bins with and without the backboard.


 Image result for recycle bin, backboardImage result for recycle bin, backboard

Previously in the software, an option without a component had to be represented by a tiny and unnoticeable piece of geometry.


A user had to publish the unnoticeable geometry separately from SOLIDWORKS, organize and reuse it in a long list of groups, drag and drop the dummy groups to option sets.


Besides the initial setup, the online presentation might also have to be tweaked manually. For instance, if the geometry was too big, it might not hide itself well and distract your audience. Or if the location of the geometry was outside of the main model, it would skew the bounding box and the overall size dimensions.


Now with the 2.12.7 release, all of these issues are resolved.


Let’s take the scooter as an example.

Please notice that within an Option Set in the picture, you can now simply click on the big eye icon to hide the default group “Basket” in the second option. The default name is “Empty 1”. If needed, click on the pen button to change its name to “No Basket”.


That’s it. No more worries about separate publishing from SOLIDWORKS, or tiny geometries, or a long list of dummy groups, or manual setups, or skewed 3D dimensions.


Now you can see why this can save hours per configurator per user. What a lovely enhancement!


Besides this huge time saver, 2.12.7 also brought in a good list of issue fixes such as the AR mode on Android devices.


Log in to SOLIDWORKS Sell now. The software has been updated to the latest and greatest waiting for you to have a ton of fun. 

Happy Thanks-Giving, dear all! 

Thank you for following SOLIDWORKS Sell and sharing your feedback as always. 


Here comes a sweet new release of 2.12.6 in November. 

To further the pricing mockup in 2.12.5, this release added the material multipliers so that the pricing can update per material selections. 

For example, let's assume a wood stool costs $10. However, the satin-finished maple material is 20% more expensive than the polished maple. You can now assign the Price Multipliers as 1 and 1.2 respectively as shown below. 

Then on a public view including a Price Widget, online visitors can switch back and forth between materials and examine the price update in real-time. 


Of course, you can also choose the currency (US dollar or Euro) of the Price widget to display on a public view. 

This enhancement can help illustrate pricing updates per configurations easily and prove the concept. For production-level pricing and metadata update on your webpages, SOLIDWORKS Sell provides extensive API calls to integrate with your business systems. 


Another handy candy is the Group search box on the Groups, Links, and Options flyout menus. 

As configurators grow more and more complex, the total number of groups increases exponentially. Therefore, it was time-consuming and frustrating to discern group names or icons in a long list with our bare eyes to locate a specific one. 


Now when you are building an assembly, creating a link, or building an option set, you can quickly type in the keywords in a group name to pinpoint a group easily as shown below. 



Have lots of fun with 2.12.6. 


It is autumn now in the northern hemisphere, a fruitful season. And SOLIDWORKS Sell just released a fruit basket: 2.12.5 on October 30, 2019. I am sure that friends in the southern hemisphere will enjoy it too.  


First up, this release added a simple, but handy “Copy” function on the Parts tab as shown below to make geometry reuses a lot easier. 


With 2.12.5, you can easily make part copies and use them at various orientations or locations. For example, it is much easier to build exploded views using attachment points to drive geometries to different locations as shown below. Previously, you either had to republish the geometries from SOLIDWORKS or download and upload OBJ files to the online Design Editor. There is no detour anymore. Hooray!  


Even better, the reuses do not increase the assembly size or memory consumptions at all because the software recognizes them as identical geometries. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about any performance slowdown.




Once a product is built, it is important to show the pricing options per various configurations, especially in ecommerce workflows. Today, SOLIDWORKS Sell provides rich API calls to integrate with the business systems where key properties reside, such as pricing. Furthermore, for a quick and easy mockup, the Layout Editor in 2.12.5 has added pricing labels so that price properties on part properties can be reflected dynamically as shown below.









Please note that the Layout Editor and its mockup views are only to illustrate a quick presentation. Your actual production pages, metadata and workflows can and should be much more sophisticated and powerful thanks to the flexible online programming. Bottom line, please don’t limit yourself by the Layout Editor.


Another quick treat for engineers used to metrics and thousand separators, 1 meter and 220 millimeters in 2.12.5 look much more familiar than the 1 meter and 22cm before. Don’t you agree?









Please play with these new enhancements and let them save your time and serve your online visitors right away!





Dear all, 

I am glad to share that SOLIDWORKS Sell R2.12.4 went live on October 9th. In one word, it is elegant


Look at the frequently seen office chairs. Notice the fabrics on the back. It looks realistic and compelling. Yes, SOLIDWORKS Sell now supports perforated fabric, metal and plastic materials. You can see through the holes in these materials.


It will serve many more use cases such as home products, medical devices, and industrial equipment where mesh materials are widely used. Best of all, you do not have to make the effort to model these patterns manually in CAD at all. Please keep in mind that CAD patterns could lead to heavy geometries. With 2.12.4, you can simply upload an Alpha map image as shown below in the material library. You can test and fine-tune the translucency of the holes by adjusting the Alpha factor. 0.5 is the default value. Once you are happy, just apply this material to your group geometries similar to other materials. 



After building an appealing configurator, of course, we want to show it off. Now you can share a configurator much more easily with a built-in QR code as shown below. Your audience can simply scan the code with their cameras and start playing with the configurator in a browser. Gone the days when we had to manually type in a link address. 

To add a QR code widget, simply place it on the layout editor as shown below. 



In addition, we also added several new API calls

  • Identify the currently selected group. This call comes handy when you want to nail down the group being selected and its properties out of a high-level assembly configurator. This step is essential when you are selling individual components, rather than the entire assembly. 

  • Display a list in a dropdown menu. Several clients have shown strong interest in presenting lists in a dropdown style on the company webpages. Here is it. 


  • Allow a group's options to persist with a different group selected.
    • As you may know, each group can include its own options. To avoid overlapping option lists of multiple groups at the same place, the software shows and hides the lists according to the selected group.
    • However, sometimes, customers want one option list stand constantly as a driving selector, so do not want it to hide automatically. The API calls below can help. Please note they work when there is only one option set to avoid overlapping displays. 


Here are more SOLIDWORKS | Sell Examples 




Dear all, 

Happy to share that SOLIDWORKS Sell 2.12.3 went live on September 25th featuring several handy enhancements and quality improvements.


Customers have been asking for a more visual order summary besides the textual list.

This release added the capability to include thumbnail images as shown below. Now the order list can be more illustrative and the order fulfillment process can be better informed with both texts and visuals.



Since the release of 2.11.5 in June, the preset Environments (Appliances, Furniture, Accessories, Automotive and so on) have been helping customers to polish up product visualizations quickly and easily. However, one challenge was that an assigned environment may limit the model manipulation at the Part and Group levels. Therefore, in 2.12.3, an Environment will only affect the models on the Assembly, Presentation, and Rendering tabs, not on the Parts and Assembly tabs anymore. This way, users can freely edit and view parts and groups. Then make final touches on Assembly, Presentation, and Rendering tabs with the preset Environments.


Here is a screenshot of the Groups tab and the model display. You can rotate and zoom the model freely.



Here is the Assembly tab display. Please note the floor and body shadows included in a preset Environment which also restricts zooming and rotations for more realistic and natural presentations.



Have fun. 



Dear all, 

After the magical 2.12.1 release, here comes the sweet 2.12.2 on September 5th! 


First off, it features a long-awaited sweet enhancement to set custom views for specific groups. 

For example, in this Omax Waterjet demo, the nozzle in red is a tiny, but vital component. You can define a detailed custom view to illustrate the small changes for the Nozzle group. Now when your online visitors click on the Nozzle group, the 3D viewport automatically zooms in to the component to be customized. 

It greatly improves the user experience. Without group-specific views, certain changes would be almost unnoticeable, especially in a large assembly or a target component being hidden behind other parts. 


Next up, to help new users onboard even faster, 2.12.2 added a detailed Help document along with SOLIDWORKS 2019 models of a speaker, a coffee maker, and an office desk. 

The speaker model is featured in the tutorial videos as shown below. The coffee maker and the office desk are highlighted in the step-by-step workflows in the updated Help document. 

Now you can learn quickly by practicing with models hands-on in your own preferred way, by following the videos and or the Help document. 


Then here is an API candy for web developers and nerds like myself. Brands and manufacturers have been asking for group-specific properties to be populated on internal or external websites. Now, these properties are available for queries through the GetBOM() function. 

This is a major step forward to enable the metadata flow from SOLIDWORKS Sell to your webpages, shopping carts or other applications. This way, your online visitors can make more informed decisions based on the group-specific properties such as Description, Price, Part, Material and so on. 


Have fun. 


Dear all, 

SOLIDWORKS Sell 2.12.1 went live on August 1st. 


This is a magical release! First off, it added close to 50 new High Dynamic Range (HDR) scenes as shown below.

Users now have a much wider selection of high-quality backgrounds to polish up 3D configurators and create compelling presentations.


Then the API Playground has been much better organized to help new users test, learn and deploy API calls.

Even better, now simply press the “GET CODE” button and you get the basic code to integrate 3D configurators to your own websites.



To top it off, the SOLIDWORKS Sell sample page has been polished up to add a new demo with the OMAX Waterjet.

Just in case you didn’t notice, the tile thumbnails are now 3D interactive like magic. Have great fun!







Dear all, 

I am glad to share that the SOLIDWORKS Sell 2.12.0 release went live on July 23rd. 


This release features a major enhancement to improve online speed for products with a large number of identical geometries. For example, multiple spokes on bicycle wheels, waterjets in a spa tub, beams on a roof, or shelves on a bookshelf. 



These identical geometries will not consume the same amount of time to load going forward. Instead, the new algorithm loads the first instance and then reuses it at other locations intelligently to reduce the memory consumption, speed up online responses and cut rendering time. The repetitive instances can be either separate parts or identical geometry pieces within one part. 


Obviously, the specific improvements depend on the actual geometry repetitiveness of a product. On certain examples, the loading time can be cut in half. Furthermore, the display frame rate doubles to reach smoother 3D presentations. 


To benefit from this enhancement along with other quality improvements, please upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Sell Publisher to V4 or above. 




Oboe Wu

Web AR System Requirements

Posted by Oboe Wu Jul 17, 2019

Dear all,

SOLIDWORKS Sell Web AR capabilities for both Android and Apple devices have gained strong traction. 

To answer several common questions, let's summarize the Web AR System Requirements in a table. 

HardwareSupported Devices

For the latest list, please refer to the Apple page.

iPhone SE

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max


iPad Pro (all models)
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad (5th and 6th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)


Android version 8 or later

ARCore 1.9 or later

iOS 12 or later


Have fun. 


After the SOLIDWORKS Sell release 2.11.4 on June 3 to support Android devices, Web AR is getting more popular thanks to its practical and easy applications. Besides software and hardware system requirements, there are also digital model requirements according to Google. For example, here are the recommended limits: 

  • Number of vertices: 30,000
  • Number of materials: 10
  • Max texture resolution: 2048 × 2048
  • Bone (including non-weighted joints): 254 (hard limit)
  • Bone weights per vertex limit: 4 (hard limit)
  • UV: 1 UV per mesh (hard limit)
  • Model size: 10 MB (bigger models may result in poor user experience)


What do these mean in SOLIDWORKS Sell?

One idea is to simplify the internal model features and components before enabling Web AR. After all, most of the time, the AR mode is to help visually validate the exterior dimensions and appearances in a physical space, so internal details probably will not be seen anyway. Plus, too many hidden details would increase digital model file sizes and slow down the responses on smartphones unnecessarily. On a webpage, even one second of loading delay can impact the user experiences and conversion rates. That is why Google started using page speed in mobile search ranking in January 2018.

Let’s take the Beamy speaker configurator as an example. Figure 1 shows a SOLIDWORKS exploded view revealing extensive internal mechanical details. While valuable for complete designs and functionalities, these details are really not necessary for an exterior configurator, let alone the inner electrical components such as Printed Circuit Board, wiring and harnessing, because their appearances probably will not affect online shoppers’ purchasing decisions.

Figure 1. A SOLIDWORKS exploded view of the Beamy Speaker.


Hence, the published configurator focused on outer appearances and removed a large number of inner details. Figure 2 shows the comparison between the finished configurator and the simplified internal components and features. In fact, the total online geometry (OBJ) is only 25 MB, rather than 400MB of its SOLIDWORKS assembly. This is why the online configurator and AR can work smoothly on a smartphone.



Figure 2. A comparison between a finished online configurator and the internal simplifications.

One part worth calling out is the frame as shown in Figure 3. The internal holes and ribs have all been removed to cut the geometry file size down by 70 percent. 


Figure 3. A comparison between a complete frame and a simplified one to cut the file size and speed up online responses.


Now as a reminder, let’s see how to enable Web AR for a configurator in SOLIDWORKS Sell. Please check the box ARQUICKLOOK as shown in Figure 4 below on a configurator tile. Web AR is not enabled for every configurator by default due to the geometry size and performance considerations as aforementioned.

Figure 4. Enable Web AR for a configurator.


Then on the Preview Layout editor, please make sure the AR button is placed to the front for all necessary screen sizes, especially for low-resolution phones as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Make sure the AR button is placed to the front for all necessary screen sizes. 


With the above measures, you should be all set with the Web AR for your online visitors. Enjoy! 

A common challenge in building a 3D configurator is to fine-tune the display settings to make the appearance professional and attractive. However, a large number of settings can be overwhelming to users, especially those without much graphics design experiences. 


This new release R2.11.5 added predefined environments by popular product categories, such as Accessories, Appliances, Fixtures, Furniture, Jewelry, Structures and Vehicles. Each category brings its own well-polished display settings so that you can simply pick a matching environment from the dropdown list and the model will look vibrant and practical instantly. 


This enhancement will improve the visualization of 3D configurators remarkably, reduce time-consuming expert-level adjustments, and empower users to build stellar configurators easily. 


For newly created 3D configurators, a Default environment will be assigned until you specify a preferred one. The Default has been polished up too to ensure an awesome first impression. 


For existing configurators, you can either choose to save their current display settings into a new environment or discard them. 


Just in case you may still want to tweak the detailed display settings, the image below shows the complete list in an Environment Library. You can edit an environment, preview it for a configurator, or even assign it to multiple configurators all together. Just keep in mind that any edits in an environment in the library will be reflected in all the configurators using this environment, similar to the Material Library and Layout Library. 


You can also easily create your own Environment by cloning the predefined ones as shown below. 

Even better, this new release can now export Order details to a CSV file to support the specific Order metadata flowing from SOLIDWORKS Sell to other business systems and users. 




Dear all, 

I'm excited to share that SOLIDWORKS Sell just added WebAR for Android devices on June 3. 

Android Operating System accounts for about 3/4 of the global market share. This new enhancement will empower significantly more users to benefit from the plug-play Augmented Reality (AR).

  • With an Android component (ARCore 1.9 or later), you can simply use popular browsers such as Chrome and Safari to play with 3D configurators and see personalized models in your space. 
  • You don't need to place a special QR code on a surface to anchor a digital model. The software finds a surface itself. 
  • You don't need special helmets, glasses, goggles or theaters either. Simply pull out your smartphone and you can enjoy the immersive AR experiences. 
  • You can see how a personalized model looks in your kitchen, dining room or a construction site. To be honest, I'm frequently surprised by how big or small a model actually shows up in my space. The 100% display scale in a physical space provides a direct sense of sizes, which can help you and your customers to make more informed decisions. 
  • An independent project at shows:
    • AR users visit twice as often each month. 
    • The session for an AR shopper is nearly one-minute longer
    • The return rate is 22% lower
    • In one year, increased the AR-enabled products from dozens to 650 (or 1,700 SKUs)
    • What products to enable AR?
      • Products that have lower than average conversion online, but convert easily offline. 
      • Expensive or heavy items, such as a chandelier and bathtub. 
  • Gartner estimated that by 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in AR


The images below illustrate the steps to play with AR on Android devices. 

  1. Personalize your favorite product and touch the AR button at the upper left corner. 
  2. Touch the AR button at the lower right corner on the preview. 

3. Touch "View in your space" on the next screen. 


4. Scan a flat surface using your camera as instructed on the screen. 

5. Place the product of your choice in your space. 

6. Rotate the model by rotating two fingers, zoom in/out with a pinch, double-touch to set it to the 100% scale. 


Here are the system requirements: 


Here are several configurators for you to play with: an office deska chair, and a speaker/projector. Have great fun. 



Dear all,

R2.11.3 is a major release featuring multiple breakthroughs. Have fun. 

Please upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Sell Publisher Addin to 3.2 or above to benefit from the latest enhancements.

Here are the details: 

  • Enjoy 266 standard SOLIDWORKS materials in the online Design Editor material library.
    • Visualize consistently from SOLIDWORKS to the Design Editor, a configurator preview, high-quality static renderings and Augmented Reality (AR).
    • Save the effort to recreate SOLIDWORKS materials manually.
    • If a SOLIDWORKS model is assigned with these standard materials and then published online, the materials will show up automatically in the Design Editor.
    • Notes:
  • Only a subset of Fabric, Plastics, Metal, Wood and Rubber materials are added right now.
    This addition does not include user-customized SOLIDWORKS materials yet.
  • SOLIDWORKS material names are prefixed with “SW” under the SOLIDWORKS base material subcategory.
  • Optimize geometries for fast loading speed while preserving visualization quality.
    • Now the Coarse Resolution can publish smooth geometries in most cases. 
  • Split controls on the Control Bar in the Layout Editor.
    • The Control Bar used to be one unit including all the controls.
    • Now users can pick more flexible individual controls to fit your needs, such as Augmented Reality (AR), Ruler, 360 View, Predefined Views, Undo and Redo, and Fullscreen Mode.
    • The screen real estate can now be more efficiently utilized per the actual use cases.
  • Provide user-friendly layout names for multiple screen sizes. 
  • Bind shadow lights to vertical camera rotations.
    • Previously, shadow lights can only be tied to horizontal rotations.
    • Now the settings are divided into horizontal and vertical rotation bindings.
    • The visualization on body shadows will look more vibrant, especially in voids, model top or bottom details, and on overlapping geometries.
    • Comparison of a cabinet (no light binding v.s. binding vertically)


    • Comparison of a handbag (no light binding v.s. binding vertically)
  • Fit background images automatically in the Header space in the Layout Editor. 
    • Previously, background images had to be preprocessed separately to fit into the header space in multiple trials.
    • Now it can automatically fit an image, such as a logo, to the header space using the default “Contain” choice. It is respected across multiple layout sizes automatically.
    • Users can customize image sizes using the “Custom” choice from the dropdown list.
  • Control material icon sizes directly via the user interface.
    • Material icons can now be easily resized to look more organized on mobile displays.
  • Replace the spinner with a progress bar when a 3D viewport is loading.
    • The bar tells the exact progress.
    • If needed, it displays on pages with 3D viewports such as:
      • A Preview
      • The Design Editor
      • The Material Library
      • The Order Page
  • Monitor release updates directly in the Design Editor.
    • The updates are posted on the SOLIDWORKS Sell forum regularly following releases.
  • Now the Facebook App and Samsung browsers are supported.

Dear all,

SOLIDWORKS Sell release R2.11.2 has gone live on April 3. More detailed are shared in the attached slides.

Now, four sizes are created automatically for each new layout, optimized for both landscape and portrait mobile displays

Out of the box, mobile presentations will look much more organized and appealing to improve online engagements and e-commerce.



Also here is a reminder of several handy UI tools. Enjoy!