SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available with various levels of licensing, providing access to specific study types:
- SOLIDWORKS Premium license gives you access to Linear Static and Motion studies
- SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard license includes Linear Static, Motion and Fatigue
- SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional license includes everything in Simulation Standard and adds Thermal, Buckling, Frequency, Pressure Vessel, Drop Test and Optimization
- SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium license includes everything in Simulation Professional and adds Nonlinear, Composites and Advanced Dynamics
When using a SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License that includes a mixture of two or more of these license types, enabling the Simulation add-in would utilize whatever license was free at the time and based on the order selected in your SolidNetWork License Manager Client. To choose which license to use, you needed to modify the order in the License Manager Client list in the License Order tab. Then you could enable the Simulation add-in.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 adds the ability to select the license type when you enable the Simulation add-in. This makes it easier to switch between license types. Go to the Add-ins tab in the CommandManager and use the dropdown menu under Simulation. Here you can select the license to use. Below is an example showing how the SOLIDWORKS Premium license will be used when the add-in is enabled.
You have the option to move to a higher level Simulation license while the add-in is still enabled. This would then only utilize the upper level license and release the lower level (if applicable). Once a higher level license is used, you cannot downgrade a license while the add-in is enabled. You must disable the add-in, choose the license type and then re-enable the add-in.
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