Subject your designs to real world conditions to raise product quality while reducing prototyping and physical testing costs.

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

SOLIDWORKS® Simulation is an easy-to-use portfolio of structural analysis tools that use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to predict a product’s real-world physical behavior by virtually testing CAD models. The portfolio provides linear, non-linear static and dynamic analysis capabilities.


Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation package is right for you?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard is an intuitive virtual testing environment for static linear, time-based motion, and high-cycle fatigue simulation. It delivers a concurrent engineering approach, helping you know if your product will perform properly and how long it will last—during the design phase.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional enables you to optimize your design, determine product mechanical resistance, product durability, topology, natural frequencies, and test heat transfer and buckling instabilities. It can also perform sequential multi-physics simulations.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium lets you efficiently evaluate your designs for nonlinear and dynamic response, dynamic loading, and composite materials. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium includes three advanced studies: Non-Linear Static, Non-Linear Dynamic, and Linear Dynamics.

Need a detailed comparison between these offers?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium
  • Fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS for ease of use and data integrity.
  • Same user interface as SOLIDWORKS (toolbars, menus and context-sensitive right-click menus). SOLIDWORKS users can get up to speed rapidly with SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
  • Associativity with SOLIDWORKS design changes.
  • Support for SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis setup.
  • Overlay of simulation results onto SOLIDWORKS CAD graphics.
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation includes solid, shell and beam element formulation.
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium offer 2D simplification, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and sub-modelling.
  • Bonded, Contact, Shrink Fit, Free and Virtual Wall conditions.
  • Node-to-surface and surface-to-surface contact.
  • Self-contact.
  • Connectors: bolt, spring, pin, elastic support and bearing
  • Connector safety check
  • Fixtures to prescribe degrees of freedom.
  • Force, pressure and remote structural loads.
  • Temperature loading.
  • Import Pressure and Thermal Loads from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium include Load Case Manager to evaluate the effects of various load combinations on your model.
  • Regions of model with irregular stress gradients can be detected between adjacent elements.
  • The cause of the irregular stress gradients could be stress singularities. Patent awarded in 2020.
  • Customizable simulation report.
  • eDrawings of simulation results.
  • Part and assembly structural analysis problems solved for stress, strain, displacements and Factors of Safety (FOS).
  • Typical analysis assumes static loading, elastic linear materials and small displacements. 
  • Rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool used to calculate velocities, accelerations and movements of assembly under operational loads.
  • With motion analysis complete, component body and connection loads can be included in linear analysis for a complete structural investigation.
  • "What if" scenarios based on defined variables (dimensions, mass properties, simulation data).
  • Estimation of high cycle fatigue life of components subjected to multiple varying loads where peak stress is below material yield stress.
  • Cumulative damage theory used to predict locations and cycles to failure.
  • Detection of trends in results from different iterations of a static study.
  • Automatic conversion of Toolbox fasteners from SOLIDWORKS CAD models to simulation bolt connectors. Patent awarded in 2018.
  • Based on a Design of Experiments (DoE) method, Design Optimization finds the optimum design according to design variables and user-defined goals such as minimize mass, stress, deflections.
  • Design variables can be CAD dimensions, material properties or load values.
  • Effects of various load combinations on your model can be evaluated.
  • Thermal contact resistance condition
  • Insulated condition
  • Edge weld connector
  • Link Rod connector
  • Ability to discover new minimal material design alternatives under linear elastic static loading while still meeting component stress, stiffness and vibrational requirements.
  • Motion analysis generated by event-triggered motion control using any combination of sensors or events or time schedule.
  • Product’s natural modes of vibration can be determined—important for products that experience vibration in their working environment.
  • Buckling failure mode for long and slender components is by collapse at load below material yield stress.
  • Buckling study predicts components’ buckling load factor.
  • Solution of steady-state and transient thermal problems for temperature, temperature gradient and heat flux.
  • Thermal analysis results can be imported as loads into Static Studies.
  • Ability to analyze effect of impact of part or assembly on target surface.
  • Pressure Vessel Study calculates linearized stress, key for safe pressure design.
  • Ability to analyze structural response of subset of main assembly.
  • Dramatic reduction in amount of time needed to solve problem by simplifying 3D models to 2D in plane stress, plane strain or axi-symmetric models.
  • Calculation of effects of dynamic loads, forcing vibrations, impact or shock loading for linear elastic materials.
  • Study types are *Modal Time History Analysis *Harmonic Analysis *Random Vibration Analysis *Response Spectrum Analysis.
  • Calculation of effects of dynamic loads, forcing vibrations, impact or shock loading for linear elastic materials.
  • Study types are *Modal Time History Analysis *Harmonic Analysis *Random Vibration Analysis *Response Spectrum Analysis.
  • Nonlinear Analysis enables users to analyze complex material behavior, such as post-yield metals, rubbers and plastics, as well as account for large deflections and sliding contact.
  • Complex material models in Nonlinear Static Studies can be used to calculate permanent deformation and residual stresses due to excessive loads, as well as predict performance for components, such as springs and clip fasteners.
  • Nonlinear Dynamic Study accounts for effect of real-time varying loads. In addition to solving nonlinear static problems, Nonlinear Dynamic Studies can solve impact problems.          

Analysis of structural response of composite, which is mixture of two or more materials.

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