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

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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.

CapabilitySOLIDWORKS Simulation
Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Ease of Use/IntuitivenessIncludedIncludedIncluded
Linear Static Simulation for Part & AssemblyIncludedIncludedIncluded
Time Based Mechanism Motion SimulationIncludedIncludedIncluded
Finite Element AnalysisIncludedIncludedIncluded
Contacts and ConnectorsIncludedIncludedIncluded
Post ProcessingIncludedIncludedIncluded
Design Comparison StudiesIncludedIncludedIncluded
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

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Angus Hudson, CSWP

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