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Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation package is best for you?

Much like SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available in three different packages: Standard, Professional, and Premium. Selecting the right simulation package, largely depends on your simulation needs.

What Simulation package do I need?

As you go up the license tier, new functionalities are added to those if the tier prior, delivering more flexible and diverse results with each instance. A standard license is good for modelling under linear conditions with little to no displacement. The professional licence has additional mechanical and assembly functionality. The heavy-duty premium can handle large assemblies and covers dynamic and nonlinear assessments.

In the second installment of our design validation series, our senior applications engineer Angus Hudson further evaluates the key differences for each SOLIDWORKS Simulation product.

Feature Table

CapabilitySOLIDWORKS Simulation PremiumSOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard SOLIDWORKS Premium
Ease of Use/IntuitivenessIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Linear Static Simulation for Part & AssemblyIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Time Based Mechanism Motion SimulationIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Finite Element AnalysisIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Contacts and ConnectorsIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Post ProcessingIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
CommunicationIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Design Comparison StudiesIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Trend TrackerIncludedIncludedIncluded
Fatigue SimulationIncludedIncludedIncluded
Detecting Unconstrained BodiesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Equation Driven ResultsIncludedIncludedIncluded
Design Optimization (based on Simulation data)IncludedIncluded
Advanced Contacts & ConnectorsIncludedIncluded
Event-Based Motion SimulationIncludedIncluded
Frequency SimulationIncludedIncluded
Buckling or Collapse SimulationIncludedIncluded
Structural Thermal SimulationIncludedIncluded
Drop Test SimulationIncludedIncluded
Pressure Vessel Design SimulationIncludedIncluded
Submodeling SimulationIncludedIncluded
2D SimplificationIncludedIncluded
Load Case ManagerIncludedIncluded
Non-Linear SimulationIncluded
Dynamic SimulationIncluded
Composites Components SimulationIncluded
Offloaded SimulationIncluded
Featured Technology

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019

The 2019 edition of SOLIDWORKS Simulation brings advanced functionality to further automate your manufacturing processes. These new features include, but are not limited to:

  • The global stiffness matrix only repeating itself if a different loading that changes the matrix is implemented
  • Improved user interface to facilitate best practices within the program
  • A new array of geometry-based controls for various Simulation products
  • Ability to quickly and smoothly transfer from linear to non-linear analysis without losing any information
  • You may remember that SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 allowed for ten faces per pin connector. This feature is now available in nonlinear analysis, both static and dynamic.

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