Affordable FEA/CAE Design Analysis Software for every Designer
Specifically tailored for designers and engineers who are not specialists in FEA/CAE/Design Analysis, SolidWorks Simulation helps improve product quality by indicating how SolidWorks models will behave before they are built. Go beyond simple hand calculations by verifying your intuitions and study the real-world performance of different design alternatives without ever leaving the SolidWorks window.
Included inside SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Simulation Professional, and SolidWorks Simulation Premium, SolidWorks Simulation contains the most frequently used design validation tools, offering stress, strain, and displacement analysis capabilities for both parts and assemblies at a very affordable price.
Features & Benefits
Compare alternative designs easily and quickly. SolidWorks Simulation lets you study different design configurations created with SolidWorks software and choose the optimal design for final production.
- Go beyond simple hand calculations to study stress, strain, and displacement in both parts and assemblies.
- Define analysis inputs - such as material, loads, and geometric dimensions - using parameters.
- Save time with a built-in library of nearly 200 materials, or customize the library with your own materials.
- Study the interaction between different assembly components. SolidWorks Simulation provides powerful tools to study and optimize assemblies.
- Bond components with clearances or gaps, without modifying the assembly for analysis.
- Simulate assembly connections (such as pin, spring, bolt, bearing, and spot weld).
- Study stresses due to press fit (interference fit).
- Identify contact forces, stresses, and friction for parts that may come into contact during operation.
- Simulate real-world operating conditions. SolidWorks Simulation includes several types of loads and restraints to represent real-life situations. All loads and restraints are associative with the geometry and automatically update with changes in your design.
- Apply forces and pressures, torque
- Apply bearing loads automatically.
- Transfer forces and restraints from remote locations to parts or assemblies.
- Simulate the effects of gravity forces or forces due to rotation (centrifugal force).
- Apply fixed or directional restraints.
- Apply known displacements instead of forces.
- Simulate flexible supports.
- Automate analysis tasks. SolidWorks Simulation utilizes a number of automation tools to simplify the analysis process and help you to work more efficiently.
- Mesh both parts and assemblies automatically.
- Use custom meshing tools (such as mesh transitioning and local mesh controls).
- Utilize mesh failure diagnostics tool.
- Adaptive solution which converges to an accurate solution by automatically refining and or coarsening mesh in local areas.
- Perform shell analysis on SolidWorks surfaces.
- Use automatic midplane extraction for thin-walled structures.
- Analyze assemblies of thick and thin parts with a timesaving combination of solid and shell meshes.
- Perform beam analysis on SolidWorks weldments and structural members.
- Use automatic equivalent mass representation for purchased parts.
- Create templates in the Analysis Library to eliminate repetitive work.
- Interpret analysis results with powerful and intuitive visualization tools. Once you have completed your analysis, SolidWorks Simulation offers a variety of results visualization tools that allow you to gain valuable insight into the performance of your models.
- Study the distribution of result quantities with 3D contour plots (including stress, strain, deformed shape, displacement, energy, error, strain energy, density, and reaction force).
- Measure results at any location using predefined sensors or the probe tool.
- Graph stress variation along a path.
- Use section plots to display results along the depth of the model. The sections can be moved dynamically.
- List results and automatically export data to Microsoft® Excel and Word.
- Import physical test results at a specified location and compare them to analysis results, or export analysis data at critical locations for physical testing.
- Determine the factor of safety using the Design Check Wizard.
- Collaborate and share analysis results. SolidWorks Simulation makes it easy to collaborate and share analysis results effectively with everyone involved in the product development process.
- Generate reports in HTML and Microsoft Word format with a single mouse click.
- Customize reports to include logos, images, and additional details.
- Save result plots in several standard formats, such as VRML, XGL, BMP, and JPEG.
- Export animations of results as an AVI.
- Capture analysis results with SolidWorks MotionManager.
- Publish SolidWorks eDrawings files with analysis information.