Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package is best for me?

Article by Angus Hudson, CSWP updated July 24, 2019


Why spend money on features you don’t need? Similar to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages, giving you a choice of analysis modules, allowing you to get the best value for your software investment.

“Which Simulation Package is best for me?”

This is one of the most common questions we get from customers, and the answer is entirely dependent on your current and future needs. The following diagram shows which modules are available with the three packages:

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages.

Video Overview

Check out this video to learn more about the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions:

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package Comparison

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard and Professional both contain the essential linear-static analysis capabilities, allowing you to easily perform and iterate your design validation. The two primary differences between simulation Standard and Professional is the addition of numerous study types and efficiency tools that are included with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional. These additions will help you to better predict failure due to many common failure modes, and will streamline the process of analyzing larger or more complex problems.

In addition to all the capabilities of the Standard and Professional simulation packages, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium will enable you to solve nonlinear and/or dynamic problems. These analysis types allow you to better represent the materials and conditions of your design, and make it possible to consider the many conditions your products will be subjected to during their life-cycle.

Capability SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Ease of Use/Intuitiveness Included Included Included
Linear Static Simulation for Part & Assembly Included Included Included
Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation Included Included Included
Finite Element Analysis Included Included Included
Contacts and Connectors Included Included Included
Post Processing Included Included Included
Communication Included Included Included
Design Comparison Studies 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

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Angus Hudson, CSWP

Angus is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional and Applications Expert, based in our Vancouver, British Columbia office.