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.
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
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|Full Design Associativity
Enable efficient what-if scenarios that update your simulation model for any change made with a CAD application connected to the platform
Follow an interactive wizard to set up, run and review results of simulation
|Physics Methods Reuse
Customize the User Assistant to streamline the setup and solving of complex simulations
|Platform||Data Access and Management
Access the latest product design information from a single, centralized, secure location on the cloud
Collaborate in real time, exchange ideas and manage tasks across disciplines on the cloud
|Lightweight Results Review
Review and share simulation results in real time on the cloud
|Solver||Abaqus Implicit Solver
Solve static problems such as gasket compression and pre-loaded bolts
|Abaqus Implicit Dynamic Solver
Solve quasi-static problems such as snap fits
|Abaqus Explicit Solver
Solve nonlinear dynamic problems such as drop test and impact
|Scenario||Linear Static Analysis
Run linear static, thermal (steady-state), frequency, and linear buckling studies
|Linear Dynamic Analysis
Run modal transient, and model harmonic studies
|Nonlinear Static Analysis
Run nonlinear static, thermal (transient) and visco/creep studies
|Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
Run nonlinear dynamic, nonlinear buckling, random vibrations, complex frequency, and sub-modeling studies
|Sequential Multi-Step Simulations
Set-up automatic sequential loading in one simulation
|Abaqus General Contact
Automatically set up component contact
Set up modeling of multiple components in an assembly
|Adaptive Solid Meshing
Automatically refine meshes for higher accuracy where needed
|Comprehensive Meshing Capabilities
Create high-quality meshes for solids, shells, and beams
Set meshing size and specifications (holes, fillets) for automatic high-quality mesh creation
|Geometry Preparation & Simplification
Automatically remove undesired geometry (holes, fillets, logos), extract mid-surface, and partition geometry for hex meshing
Explore a wide range of materials with the following properties: hyper-elasticity, plastic or permanent deformation, creep deformation, viscoelasticity
Use test data to calibrate model behavior
|Results||Basic Post-Processing Tools
Generate report, contour/vector/iso-surface plots
|Advanced Post-Processing Tools
Create XY plots (field, history), path plots, view cuts
Create stunning visuals coupling material rendering with simulation results
Accelerate the visualization of results even on large models
Run simulations on user’s local computer
Run simulations remotely on the cloud
+ Additional Role Required
Structural Designer Benefits
Assess structural integrity of products with powerful FEA simulation
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.
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.
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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