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What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

With powerful and intuitive SOLIDWORKS® Simulation solutions, product engineers can virtually test new ideas, quickly and efficiently evaluate performance, improve quality, and get the knowledge for product innovation.

Virtual Simulation Software

Manufacturing companies across all industries have made 3D virtual simulation a valuable engineering tool to synthesize and define their physical products.

Sophisticated simulation is no longer just for specialists. It’s the inspiration that fuels innovation. Product engineers can make their technical decisions driven by simulation insights, uncovering significant product and business benefits.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Capabilities

SOLIDWORKS Simulation helps you ask and answer complex and important engineering questions earlier. Allowing you to test your product virtually with real world insights.

Linear Stress Analysis

Calculate stresses and deformations of parts and assemblies due to internal and external loads to validate product performance and safety while you design.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Use finite element analysis to calculate stresses and displacements of parts and assemblies under internal and external loads.

Fatigue Analysis

Predict component fatigue failures by examining repeated or random load cycles.

Thermal Analysis

Calculate temperatures and heat transfer within and between components.

Motion Analysis

Evaluate mechanical performance through operational movements using rigid body motion analysis.

Vibration Analysis

Examine how vibrating or unstable modes can shorten equipment life to eliminate failures.

Nonlinear Analysis

Analyze stresses and deformations of geometry under general loading and material conditions.

Frequency Analysis

Identify boundary conditions and ensure that natural modes of vibration are away from the environmental forcing frequencies.

Dynamic Analysis

Determine the impact of time varying loads on structural response for your design.

Plastic and Rubber Part Analysis

Optimize material selection for plastic and rubber components, or assemblies containing plastic or rubber parts.

Structural Optimization

Optimize a design to meet defined strength-to-weight, frequency, or stiffness performance.

Buckling Analysis

Investigate the buckling strength of a design with and without environmental loads to ensure that it meets product requirements for strength, performance, and safety.

"Evolve Design Solutions appreciates the excellent customer service, product knowledge and technical support provided by TriMech, our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR).”

Aldo Balatti
Principal, Evolve Design Solutions

“Our engineering processes are well defined and well documented. I can tell new customers with confidence that we’re delivering on milestones because we’re tracking our performance on speed and quality every day.”

Ray Minator
Owner, Inertia Engineering + Design

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Features

Enable everyone involved in your projects to share information and collaborate

Analyze assembly motion for process and task workflow with event–based simulation

Easily simulate complex machine operations using event-based motion analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation and validate the sequencing of the design to ensure correct operation, product quality, and safety.

See how your product would move in the real world and measure the forces and loads while you design, helping you correctly size the motors and the structure and confirm the timing.

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, event-based motion analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be a regular part of your design process—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs:

  • Define motion studies based on model event and assembly actions.
  • Trigger actions through motion sensors, time, or the completion of a previous task.
  • Evaluate characteristics like actuator force and joint loads for motion optimization.
  • Gain greater control of model actuators with servomotors.

Verify your design with powerful linear static analysis

SOLIDWORKS Simulation linear stress analysis enables designers and engineers to quickly and efficiently validate quality, performance, and safety—all while creating their design.

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, linear stress analysis using can be a regular part of your design process, reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework and delays, and saving time and development costs.

  • Test products made of weldments, sheet metal, and volume geometry with mixed mesh.
  • Evaluate strain and stresses between contacting parts, including friction.
  • Apply bearing loads, forces, pressures, and torques.
  • Improve designs based on structural, motion, or geometric criteria.
  • Use connectors or virtual fasteners to model bolts, pins, springs, and bearings, and dimension them under applied loads.
  • Activate the Trend Tracker and Design Insight plots to highlight optimal design changes while you work.
  • Intuitively manage your shell model with the Shell Manager.

Simulate frequency or buckling in your designs

Quickly and efficiently investigate the natural frequencies of a design—with and without loads and boundary conditions—with easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

Ensure that the natural modes of vibration are away from environmental forcing frequencies, indicating that the design will meet the required service life.

Frequency analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation uses an Eigen value approach to determine the natural modes of vibration for any geometry. If a design’s natural modes and its expected service vibration environment are closely matched, a harmonic resonance may occur and lead to excessive loads which will result in failure.

  • Examine how vibrating or unstable modes can shorten equipment life and cause unexpected failures.
  • Assess the effects of load stiffening on frequency and buckling response.

Understand the effects of temperature on your design

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional enables every designer and engineer to carry out thermal analysis at any stage of design to ensure that every component and assembly performs properly within expected temperature ranges, and spot safety issues before they arise:

  • Study conductionconvection, and radiation heat transfer.
  • Utilize isotropicorthotropic, and temperature-dependent material properties.
  • Determine the combined stresses and deformations due to structural and thermal loads.

Analyze your design in the nonlinear world

Nonlinear stress analysis calculates the stresses and deformations of products under the most general loading and material conditions for dynamic (time dependent) loads, large component deformations, and nonlinear materials, such as rubber or metals, beyond their yield point:

  • Easily transition between linear and nonlinear simulations for comprehensive evaluation.
  • Examine deformations caused by overloads, contact (including self-contact), and flexible materials.
  • Determine residual stresses and permanent deformations in metals after material yield.
  • Study nonlinear buckling and snap-through events.
  • Investigate designs with hyperelastic materials, such as rubberssilicones and other elastomers.
  • Conduct an elasto-plastic analysis to study plastic deformation and the onset of yield.
  • Examine creep effects and material changes with temperature.
  • Test the performance of your molded plastic part taking into account in-mold residual stresses and temperature with SOLIDWORKS Plastics.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Packages

Three simulation packages to choose from

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

“What if?” It’s the inspiration that fuels innovation—and with SOLIDWORKS®
Simulation Standard software, you remove the risk and replace it with a 3D workspace to virtually test your new ideas, develop new designs, and accelerate your products to market.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional adds to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard with more powerful and sophisticated simulation capabilities, to help you answer engineering challenges with complex load scenarios and multi-physics solutions.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium includes all of the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, plus additional features like composite materials and powerful analysis tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Matrix

Compare the different versions of SOLIDWORKS Simulation software

Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Ease of Use/Intuitiveness
Linear Static Simulation for Part & Assembly
Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
Finite Element Analysis
Contacts and Connectors
Post Processing
Design Comparison Studies
Trend Tracker
Fatigue Simulation
Detecting Unconstrained Bodies
Equation Driven Results
Design Optimization (based on Simulation data)
Advanced Contacts & Connectors
Event-Based Motion Simulation
Frequency Simulation
Buckling or Collapse Simulation
Structural Thermal Simulation
Drop Test Simulation
Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
Submodeling Simulation
2D Simplification
Load Case Manager
Non Linear Simulation
Dynamic Simulation
Composites Components Simulation
Offloaded Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Benefits

Easy to use software which will adapt to your business process

Boost product innovation

Grow market share and differentiate through groundbreaking product design.

Empower the engineering team with intuitive, powerful 3D simulation tools to compare design scenarios and new ideas to bring innovative products to market.

Decrease development costs

Reduce the need for costly prototyping by integrating virtual testing early in product development.

Reduce outsourcing costs by testing performance and functionality internally.

Improve product efficency

Improve product performance, such as lower pressure drop and increased horsepower.

Optimize assembly performance by verifying part and mold designs in the earliest stages of development.

Reduce time and effort

Offloaded Simulation allows you to solve your SOLIDWORKS Studies on another computer

This allows you to continue working on your machine without using resources for solving.

Looking for a Cloud Alternative?

3DEXPERIENCE Works provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured alternative to SOLIDWORKS Simulation for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.

Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe-no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.

Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.