How Do You Save a Virtual Part in SolidWorks?

How Do You Save a Virtual Part in SolidWorks?

When working with SolidWorks, it is essential to know how to save your virtual parts properly. Saving your work not only ensures that you don’t lose any progress but also allows you to easily access and share your designs in the future. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of saving a virtual part in SolidWorks.

Step 1: Create or Open a Virtual Part

Before we can save our virtual part, we need to have one ready. You can either create a new part from scratch or open an existing one by going to File > Open.

Step 2: Make Any Necessary Modifications

If you have just created a new virtual part, you may need to make some modifications before saving it. Use SolidWorks’s powerful tools to add features, adjust dimensions, and customize the part according to your requirements.

Step 3: Access the Save As Dialog Box

To save our virtual part, we need to access the “Save As” dialog box. Simply go to File > Save As. This will open up a window where you can specify the file name, location, and format for saving the part.


SolidWorks supports various file formats for saving parts, including SLDPRT (native format), STEP, IGES, Parasolid, and more. Choose the format that best suits your needs and compatibility requirements.

Step 4: Specify File Name and Location

In the “Save As” dialog box, enter a suitable file name for your virtual part. It’s recommended to use descriptive names that reflect the part’s purpose or function. Next, choose the desired location on your computer where you want to save the file.


Organizing your files in a logical folder structure can greatly improve productivity and ease of access. Consider creating dedicated folders for different projects or categories to keep your files organized.

Step 5: Select File Format

Choose the appropriate file format from the drop-down menu in the “Save As” dialog box. As mentioned earlier, select a format that is compatible with other software or systems you might be working with.

Step 6: Save the Virtual Part

Once you have specified the file name, location, and format, click on the “Save” button to save your virtual part. SolidWorks will save the file with the specified settings, and you can now access it whenever needed.

Step 7: Verify Successful Saving

To ensure that your virtual part has been saved correctly, navigate to the location where you specified it to be saved. Check if the file exists and open it in SolidWorks or another compatible software to confirm that everything is intact.


You have successfully saved a virtual part in SolidWorks. Saving your work regularly is crucial for preventing data loss and enabling easy collaboration with others. Remember to follow these steps every time you create or modify a part in SolidWorks and enjoy hassle-free design processes.

  • Tips:
  • If you are working on multiple parts within an assembly, consider saving them collectively as an assembly file (*.sldasm).
  • SolidWorks also provides options for saving parts as templates (*.prtdot) or sheet metal parts (*.sldprt).