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

Capability SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard SOLIDWORKS Premium
Ease of Use/Intuitiveness Included Included Included Included
Linear Static Simulation for Part & Assembly Included Included Included Included
Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation Included Included Included Included
Finite Element Analysis Included Included Included Included
Contacts and Connectors Included Included Included Included
Post Processing Included Included Included Included
Communication Included Included Included Included
Design Comparison Studies Included Included Included Included
Trend Tracker Included Included Included
Fatigue Simulation Included Included Included
Detecting Unconstrained Bodies Included Included Included
Equation Driven Results Included Included Included
Design Optimization (based on Simulation data) Included Included
Advanced Contacts & Connectors Included Included
Event-Based Motion Simulation Included Included
Frequency Simulation Included Included
Buckling or Collapse Simulation Included Included
Structural Thermal Simulation Included Included
Drop Test Simulation Included Included
Pressure Vessel Design Simulation Included Included
Submodeling Simulation Included Included
2D Simplification Included Included
Load Case Manager Included Included
Non-Linear Simulation Included
Dynamic Simulation Included
Composites Components Simulation Included
Offloaded Simulation Included
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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