SolidWorks® SimulationXpress

Basic testing capabilities for SolidWorks parts

SolidWorks SimulationXpress is a built-in first pass design analysis tool included with SolidWorks, SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium

SolidWorks SimulationXpress is the first and only built-in design verification tool for testing part designs quickly and easily within 3D mechanical design software. SolidWorks SimulationXpress can help you achieve the following objectives:

  1. Verify whether your design will work, and if it will behave exactly as you intend. You can determine whether your design places too much load on given components, possibly causing breakage.
  2. Quickly investigate the relative merit of a wide range of designs, thereby weeding out the worst designs and highlighting the best. Using design analysis to test your designs is much quicker and less costly than building and testing physical prototypes.
  3. Test radical new designs without cutting metal. These might be designs you previously would not have completed because they would be too tedious or time consuming to build and test.

SolidWorks SimulationXpress is suitable for stress analysis of simple parts, giving you the ability to simulate the effect of force or pressure loads on those parts. Once you have your stress results, SolidWorks SimulationXpress can generate HTML reports and create SolidWorks eDrawings files to document and communicate the results of the analysis. For SolidWorks users who need additional functionality, it is easy to upgrade from SolidWorks SimulationXpress to SolidWorks Simulation.

 

Features and Benefits of SolidWorks SimulationXpress

With SolidWorks SimulationXpress you can:

  • Perform a first-pass design check on simple SolidWorks parts.
  • Determine the factor of safety of your parts.
  • Easily document and share your results with HTML reports and SolidWorks eDrawings.
  • Enjoy the benefits of design simulation and analysis free inside SolidWorks.
  • Easily upgrade to SolidWorks Simulation if additional functionality is needed.

 

What are the differences between SolidWorks SimulationXpress and SolidWorks Simulation?

Several bundles of SolidWorks Simulation are available. SolidWorks Simulation is the natural upgrade to SolidWorks SimulationXpress. The following table compares the functionality of SolidWorks SimulationXpress to SolidWorks Simulation:

 

Table: Differences between SolidWorks SimulationXpress and SolidWorks Simulation
Capability SolidWorks SimulationXpress SolidWorks Simulation
Geometry Types    
Part analysis
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Assembly analysis  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Thin parts, sheet metal parts, shells  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Analysis Types    
Stress & Displacement
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Thermal Stress  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Contact analysis in assemblies with friction  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Fluid Flow (SolidWorks Flow Simulation)
 
add-on
Motion Simulation (SolidWorks Motion)  
add-on
Usability    
Multiple Studies, “what if scenarios”  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Parameters & Design Tables  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Customizable Material Library  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Evironments (Loads/Restraints)    
Uniform pressure & force on faces
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Fixed restraints on faces
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Directional & non-uniform pressure & force  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Force on edges and vertices  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Body loads: gravity & centrifugal  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Special loads: torque, remote, bearing  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Fixed restraints on edges & vertices  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Directional and prescribed restraints  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Temperature, convection, radiation, heat power  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Assembly Connectors    
Springs, Elastic Foundation
 
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Pin, Bolts, Rigid, Spot Weld  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Visualization    
Stress plot, deformation, displacement plot
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Factor of safety calculation and plot
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Principal stress, directional stress, strain plots  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Result probing, listings  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Dynamic section, iso plots  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Scaled plots, superimposed plots, customizations  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Engineering Collaboration    
HTML report
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Publish SolidWorks eDrawings of analysis results
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Animation and save as AVI
Available with SolidWorks SimulationXpress
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Detailed HTML report customizations  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation
Save as bitmap, JPEG, VRML, XGL  
Available with SolidWorks Simulation

 

 

Screenshot

SolidWorks SimulationXpress Wizard

SimulationXpress provides a new redesigned user interface which eases the new user into the world of simulation. Use of the task pane and Property-Manager improves both the workflow and model interaction.

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