Structural Designer

Linear Static Design Simulation Solution for Designers from SIMULIA

Extend SOLIDWORKS Simulation with a tightly integrated, cloud-based solution and solve complex physics with confidence. Built on the cloud-based Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, Structural Designer provides intuitive design simulation based guidance during product design process to easily get the technical insights needed for informed design decisions.

Structural Designer with ABAQUS solver

Design Simulation for SOLIDWORKS Users powered by proven world-class ABAQUS Realistic Simulation technology in a seamless, intuitive, and modern user interface within the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Cloud-based simulation software

Structural Designer was developed with designers in mind. The design process is made up of multiple iterations, multiple ‘what if’ ideas to successfully deliver the right product to manufacturing. With Structural Designer, any designer can assess product behavior for each design iteration to improve product performance and reduce time and cost of product development process.

Structural Designer delivers linear static, natural frequency, buckling and steady state thermal simulation capabilities for fast and efficient product testing experience.

SIMULIA high performance computing


By accelerating simulation adoption in design, Structural Designer uses sophisticated simulation technology to automatically present options that are meaningful and intuitive for fast product integration in engineering. Adaptive refinement ensures high-quality results for each simulation.


As a natural extension of the design experience on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Structural Designer enables users to study product behavior and to explore the performance and durability of different design options, all from within their familiar design environment. It offers:

  • Fast calculation based on linear simulations to get the insight user needs as fast as possible during the design process.
  • Linear Stress, frequency, steady-state thermal and buckling simulation on solid parts and solid assemblies for ad-hoc design simulation capabilities
  • Common connections between components available: pin, spring, rigid, bonded
  • Automatic contact detection for accurate and fast set up
  • Deformable, intermittent contact between parts
  • Automatically generates the right mesh with available adaptive refinement with local control enabled
  • Always-available embedded compute licensing (up to 4 cores) allows the user to run simulation on the local machine at anytime
    Easily scalable to add non-linearity with other roles

Part of a complete SIMULIA portfolio

Structural Designer is one of the roles among the complete SIMULIA 3DEXPERIENCE portfolio so manufacturing companies can find adequate solution to their evolving needs, always in the same user interface. From Design Simulation to Design Optimization to Multiphysics Simulation to Simulation process Management, SIMULIA delivers realistic simulation applications that enable users to explore real world product behavior.

3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Product Matrix

Key CapabilitiesSOLIDWORKS
CAD Integration
Intuitive handling in the familiar CAD-UI for early design decisions
CAD Associativity
Enable efficient what-if scenarios that update your simulation model for any CAD change made
With UESWith UESWith UESWith UES
Collaborate in real time, exchange ideas, and manage tasks across disciplines on the cloud
The 'SOLIDWORKS Simulation solver' includeng mainstream functionalities (e.g. basic contact)
Abaqus Solver
Market-leading structural simulation solver technology
Abaqus General Contact
Automatically set uup component contact deploying market-leading contact algorithms
Sequential Multi-Step Simulations
Set up automatic sequential loading in one simulation
(bolt preload only)(bolt preload only)(bolt preload only)
Linear Analysis
Linear static analysis of assemblies
Extended Linear Analysis
Thermal, frequency, and buckling studies
Advanced Linear Analysis
Run modal transient and model harmonic studies
Nonliner Analysis
Run nonlinear static, thermal (transient), visco/creep studies and axisymmetric idealization of 3D models
Advanced Nonlinear Analysis
Study explicit dynamic, post-buckling, random vibration, complex frequencies (with possible preloading effects), piezoelectric response, and unstable collapse of nonlinear structures
Design Exploration / DOE
Find the best design based on performance
Topology Optimization
Find optimial designs while minimizing mass
With Separate RoleWith Separate RoleWith Separate RoleWith Separate Role
Fatigue Analysis
Run realistic fatigue loading defined by any number of structural events from elastic or elastic-plastic structural analysis, miltiple load events can be used to replicate entire test schedules, including manufacturing effects
(basic high cycle metal fatigue)(basic high cycle metal fatigue)(basic high cycle metal fatigue)With FGPWith FGM
Geometry Preparation & Simplification
Remove undesired geometry (holes, fillets, logos), extract mid-surface
With UESWith UESWith UES
Define connectors / coupling / virutal bolts/ ... between components in an assembly
(most common)(most common)(most common)
Comprehensive Meshing Capabilities
Create high-quality meshes for solids, shells, and beams
(most common)(most common)(most common)(limited)
Nonlinear Materal Models
Hyper-elasticity, platic or permanent deformation, creep deformation, viscoelasticity, material failure and more
(most common)
Material Calibration
Use test data to calibrate model behavio
Material Library
Local Computing
Run simulations no your local computer
4 cores
4 cores
8 cores
8 cores
Cloud Computing
Run simulations in the cloud
4 cores
4 cores
8 cores
8 cores
High Performance Computing (HPC)
Expand the computing capacity of your local computer and on the cloud up to 144 cores

UES - Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS (connectors to other CAD software available). SOLIDWORKS CAD required.

FGP - Durability Performance Engineer = SFO plus fatigue capabilities (database of factigue materials with high-quality stress- and strain-based data for over 350 common materials)

FGM - Durability and Mechanics Engineer = SSU plus fatigue capabilities
(database of factigue materials with high-quality stress- and strain-based data for over 350 common materials)

*requires one of the following:

SRU - SimUnit tokens
SUN-1K - SimUnit 1K credits


Structural Designer Benefits

Assess structural integrity of products with powerful FEA simulation

SIMULIA data management

Interaction between CAD & PLM

With Structural Designer, users build simulation models directly on the design geometry.

Tight associativity with CATIA and SOLIDWORKS means that simulation and CAD always remain synchronized even after design changes. It provides access to advanced simulation technology within a consistent and intuitive interface.

SIMULIA visualization Results

Sophisticated mesh control

The Structural Designer user experience is designed to greatly accelerate simulation adoption during the design process. Sophisticated simulation technology is used automatically, while the options presented to users are meaningful and intuitive for fast product integration in the engineering process.

Automation with control is the key. The finite element mesh is created automatically and can be refined easily with local mesh control on geometry.

Simulation Foundation

Communicate with your team

Structural Designer is part of the natural collaboration of the design process and is built on the social innovation foundation of the Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

All product development stakeholders, from the design team to suppliers and customers, are able to communicate seamlessly wherever they may be to review simulation results for informed business and technical decisions. The on-cloud offer reduces total cost of ownership, provides increased flexibility and enables fast deployment for enterprises of all sizes.


The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured environment 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.

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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