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FEA simulations right inside the SOLIDWORKS CAD software make product performance prediction fast and easy for designers to accomplish.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation is an easy-to-use portfolio of structural analysis solutions using finite element analysis (FEA) to predict a product’s real-world physical behavior by virtually testing CAD models.

With integrated SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions, you can run accurate FEA simulations right inside the SOLIDWORKS CAD software, giving you fast access to stress levels, heat transfer, frequency response, fatigue life, and more, early in the development process when design changes are high-impact and low-cost.

  • Conduct powerful FEA within the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD interface and its easy-to-follow-guided workflows.

  • Predict structural performance: component stresses, strains, displacements, fatigue life, buckling analysis.

  • Determine vibrational response: natural frequencies and mode shapes, forced vibrations and other transient loads.

  • Reveal thermal behavior: temperature distribution and heat flux analysis.

  • Understand kinematic effects: rigid-body kinematics with time-based motion and event-based motion analysis.

  • Simulate product performance of nonlinear materials and composites.

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. Use it to find out if your product will perform properly and how long it will last, during the design phase when changes are most easily made.


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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional includes all of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, plus frequency, thermal, buckling, and drop test analyses. It also enables parametric and topology studies to optimize strength-to-weight ratios, stiffness, or frequency response.


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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium builds upon SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and lets you evaluate your designs for nonlinear and dynamic response, dynamic loading, and composite materials.


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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Features Standard Professional Premium
Ease of Use Standard Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD for ease of use and data integrity. Using the same user interface (UI) paradigms as SOLIDWORKS with toolbars, menus, and context-sensitive right-click menus, ensures rapid familiarization. Built-in tutorials and searchable online help aid learning and troubleshooting.

Design Data Reuse Standard Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis of multiple loads and product configurations.

Static Studies Standard Professional Premium

Solve part and assembly structural analysis problems for stress, strain, displacements, and Factors of Safety (FOS). Problems are limited to static loading, elastic linear materials, and small contact displacements. For the solution to be valid, the resulting deformed shape after loading must exhibit small displacements and rotations.

Premium only: Static studies are extended to incorporate components built up by composites materials. Component setup includes ply orientation and sandwich definition. Results include ply failure index as well as stress and deflections.

Fatigue Studies Standard Professional Premium

Estimate components fatigue life under high-cycle varying loads where the peak stress is below the material yield stress. Cumulative damage theory is used to predict locations and cycles to failure.

Motion Analysis Standard Professional Premium

Use a time-based, rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool to calculate the velocities, accelerations, and movements of an assembly under operational loads.

The motion analysis tool calculates component body and connection loads that can be imported into a Static Study.

Professional and Premium only: Use an event-based rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool to calculate the velocities, accelerations, and movements of an assembly under operational loads where actions and movements are triggered by the location or movement of components.

The motion analysis tool calculates component body and connection loads that can be imported into a Static Study.

Design Studies Standard Professional Premium

A design study is used to perform wide-ranging “what if” analyses. In a design study, both the parameters of a design (model) and simulation setup (materials, loadings, and fixtures) can be varied to assess the impact of change on the model.

FEA Modeling Standard Professional Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation includes solid, shell, and beam modeling using h- and p-adaptive element types with mesh control and failure diagnostics.

A customizable material library is included with simulation data:

Parallel computing (multi-core)

Batch Run

Professional and Premium only:

2D Simplification

Plane Stress

Plane Strain


Sub-modeling Simulation

Sub-Modelling: analyze the structural resistance of a sub model from a main assembly

Premium only:

Off-loading computing

Loads and Restraints Standard Professional Premium

Fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements

Force, pressure, and remote structural loads

Temperature loading

Import Flow/Thermal Loads

Load Case Manager: evaluate the effects of various load combinations on your model

Assembly Connectivity Standard Professional Premium

Component contact

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

Professional and Premium only:

Edge Weld

Thermal contact resistance condition

Insulated condition

Edge and spot weld connector

Results Standard Professional Premium

Study results are dependent upon the type of study but are displayed as Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, and Section plots.

Quantity point and line distribution given by the probe tool.

The Design Insight plot shows loaded material.

FEA results can be compared to test data.

Deformed shape results can be animated and the animation saved.

Overlay Simulation results onto SOLIDWORKS graphics.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation results can be communicated to non-SOLIDWORKS users via eDrawings®, a shareable 3D file format.

Help and Support Standard Professional Premium

In-product tutorials, online help, and knowledge base.

Communication Standard Professional Premium

Customizable simulation report

eDrawings of Simulation results

Thermal Analysis Professional Premium

Solve steady-state and transient part and assembly thermal problems for temperature, temperature gradient, and heat flux.

With the Thermal Analysis completed, you can import temperature loads into a Static Study.

Frequency Studies Professional Premium

Frequency Studies determine a product’s natural modes of vibration which is important for products that experience vibration in their working environment.

Buckling Studies Professional Premium

A possible failure mode for long and slender components is by collapse at a load below material yield stress. The buckling study predicts the components buckling load factor.

Pressure Vessel Studies Professional Premium

Linearized stress, a key for safe pressure design, is calculated in the Pressure Vessel Study.

Topology Studies Professional Premium

Enables you to discover new minimal material design alternatives under linear elastic static loading while still meeting component stiffness requirements.

Linear Dynamic Studies Premium

Builds upon the Frequency Study to calculate the stresses due to forcing vibrations and calculating the effects of dynamic loads, impact or shock loading, for linear elastic materials. Study types are:

Modal Time History Analysis

Harmonic Analysis

Random Vibration Analysis

Response Spectrum Analysis

Non-Linear Analysis Premium

Non-Linear Analysis lets you analyze complex material behavior, such as post-yield metals, rubbers, and plastics, as well as to account for large deflections and sliding contact-in components.

Non-Linear Static Study assumes static loads with loads can be sequenced so that the dynamic effects of the varying load do not affect the study. The complex material models in Non-Linear Static Studies can be used to calculate permanent deformation and residual stresses due to excessive loads, as well as predicting performance for components, such as springs and clip fasteners.

Non-Linear Dynamic Study accounts for the effect of real-time varying loads that are included in calculations and results. In addition to solving non-linear static problems, Non-Linear Dynamic Studies can also solve impact problems.

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Simulation Brings Higher-Quality Products to Market

Virtual Prototyping vs. Traditional Methods

As companies struggle with competitively differentiating their products and beating competitors to market, quick decisions within engineering have become increasingly critical to product success. Decisions made during the design process have a profound impact on three important factors for product success: speed of development, cost, and quality.

This report found that, compared to all others, best-in-class companies are:

  • 17% more likely to meet product launch targets
  • Seeing a 13% decrease in overall development time for new products
  • 10% more likely to meet product revenue targets
  • 4% more likely to meet product quality targets
  • Experiencing a 6x greater decrease in length of development cycle over the last two years

Download this report to learn how leading companies have turned to simulation to accurately predict product behavior, decrease time to market, and arm engineers with the insight needed to develop and optimize today’s complex products.

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SOLIDWORKS Subscription

The SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service Program gives you immediate access to a number of items that will improve your CAD experience, expertise, and return on investment:

  • Live, local tech support with CATI
  • Software upgrades and new releases
  • Free access to SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard (for SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium subscribers)
  • Free CSWA and CSWP SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams
  • Access to MySolidWorks eLearning
  • SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for info repository, enhancement requests, and beta access

Learn more in our SOLIDWORKS Subscription datasheet.

CATI Is Your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Success Plan

As North America’s first SOLIDWORKS partner, no one is more qualified to build and support your product development process.  We believe everyone should have access to our curated portfolio of transformative engineering and manufacturing technologies.

By listening to and working with you, we will find the right solution for you at the right time, with an implementation and growth plan to support your business ambitions.

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