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Discover the features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and compare all versions, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Professional, Premium and SOLIDWORKS Premium Click on each capability to find out more about each element of functionality. A copy of the product matrix can be found at the bottom of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Datasheet.
Concurrent Engineering
  • Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes
  • Support SOLIDWORKS Configurations
  • SOLIDWORKS Material Properties Support
Finite Element Analysis
  • Solid, Shell and Beam modeling
  • h and p adaptive element type
  • Mesh control capabilities
  • Failure Mesh Diagnostic
  • Simplify model tool for meshing
  • Customisable Material Library
Contacts and Connectors
  • Bonded contact condition
  • Node-to-node, surface-to-surface contact condition
  • Shrink Fit condition
  • Virtual Wall condition
  • Connectors: bolt, spring, pin, elastic support and bearing
  • Connectors Safety Check
Post Processing
  • Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plot
  • Probe tool
  • Design Insight
  • Compare test data
  • List values on selected entities
  • Animation of Results
  • Customisable simulation report
  • eDrawings of Simulation results
Linear Static Simulation for Assembly
  • Analyse the structural behavior or parts and assemblies under loading
  • Fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements
  • Structural loads
  • Temperature loading
  • Import Flow/Thermal Effects
  • Calculation of stress, strain, displacement and FOS
  • Calculation of reaction forces and moments
Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
  • This feature is included in all four 4 packages that are available.
Design Comparison Studies
  • What-if scenarios based on defined variables (dimensions, mass properties, simulation data)
Fatigue Simulation
  • Analyse the life expectancy of structure under repeated loading
  • Theory of Cumulative Damage
  • Fatigue Check Plot
  • Outputs: life, damage and factor of safety plots
Trend Tracker
  • Detect trends in results from different iterations of a static study
Design Optimisation
  • This package comes with Simulation Professional & Simulation Premium
Advanced Contacts & Connectors
  • Thermal contact resistance condition
  • Insulated condition
  • Edge and spot weld connector
Event-Based Motion Simulation
  • This package comes with Simulation Professional & Simulation Premium
Frequency Simulation
  • Analyse the natural frequencies and mode shape of parts and assemblies
  • Import Flow/Thermal Effects
  • Load Stiffening
Buckling or Collapse Simulation
  • Analyse slender structure for critical buckling factors and the associated buckling mode shapes
  • Import Flow/Thermal Effects
Structural Thermal Simulation
  • This package comes with Simulation Professional & Simulation Premium
Drop Test Simulation
  • Analyse the effect of the impact of a part or an assembly on a target surface
  • Inputs: drop height, gravity, velocity at impact
  • Outputs: stress, displacement, and strains
Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
  • Analyse the structural behavior or parts and assemblies under loading
  • Linear combination and square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS)
Submodeling Simulation
  • Analyse the structural resistance of a sub model from a main assembly
Topology Optimisation
  • Ability to discover new minimal material design alternatives under linear elastic static loading while still meeting component stress, stiffness and vibrational requirements.
2D Simplification
*Moved from Premium into Professional from SOLIDWORKS 2015
  • This package comes with Simulation Professional & Simulation Premium
Non Linear Simulation
  • Transient (time dependent) loads
  • Large component deformation
  • Nonlinear materials
Dynamic Simulation
  • Modal Time History Analysis
  • Harmonic Analysis
  • Random Vibration Analysis
  • Response Spectrum Analysis
Composites Components Simulation
  • This package is included with Simulation Premium

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