Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Matrix

Discover the features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and compare all versions, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Professional, Premium and SOLIDWORKS Premium. Click on each capability to find out more about each element of functionality. A copy of the product matrix can be found at the bottom of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Datasheet.

Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation package is right for you?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard is an intuitive virtual testing environment for static linear, time-based motion, and high-cycle fatigue simulation. It delivers a concurrent engineering approach, helping you know if your product will perform properly and how long it will last—during the design phase.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional enables you to optimize your design, determine product mechanical resistance, product durability, topology, natural frequencies, and test heat transfer and buckling instabilities. It can also perform sequential multi-physics simulations.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium lets you efficiently evaluate your designs for nonlinear and dynamic response, dynamic loading, and composite materials. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium includes three advanced studies: Non-Linear Static, Non-Linear Dynamic, and Linear Dynamics.

Compare SOLIDWORKS Packages

  • Concurrent EngineeringFully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes, Support SOLIDWORKS Configurations, SOLIDWORKS Material Properties SupportConcurrent Engineering
  • Finite Element AnalysisSolid, Shell and Beam modeling, h and p adaptive element type, Mesh control capabilities, Failure Mesh Diagnostic, Simplify model tool for meshing, Customisable Material LibraryFinite Element Analysis
  • Contacts and ConnectorsBonded contact condition, Node-to-node, surface-to-surface contact condition, Shrink Fit condition, Virtual Wall condition, Connectors: bolt, spring, pin, elastic support and bearing, Connectors Safety CheckContacts and Connectors
  • Post ProcessingContour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plot, Probe tool, Design Insight, Compare test data, List values on selected entities, Animation of ResultsPost Processing
  • CommunicationCustomisable simulation report, eDrawings of Simulation resultsCommunication
  • Linear Static Simulation for AssemblyAnalyse the structural behavior or parts and assemblies under loading, Fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements, Structural loads, Temperature loading, Import Flow/Thermal Effects, Calculation of stress, strain, displacement and FOS, Calculation of reaction forces and momentsLinear Static Simulation for Assembly
  • Time Based Mechanism Motion SimulationTime Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
  • Design Comparison StudiesWhat-if scenarios based on defined variables (dimensions, mass properties, simulation data)Design Comparison Studies
  • Fatigue SimulationAnalyse the life expectancy of structure under repeated loading, Theory of Cumulative Damage, Fatigue Check Plot, Outputs: life, damage and factor of safety plotsFatigue Simulation
  • Trend TrackerDetect trends in results from different iterations of a static studyTrend Tracker
  • Design OptimisationDesign Optimisation
  • Advanced Contacts & ConnectorsThermal contact resistance condition, Insulated condition, Edge and spot weld connectorAdvanced Contacts & Connectors
  • Event-Based Motion SimulationEvent-Based Motion Simulation
  • Frequency SimulationAnalyse the natural frequencies and mode shape of parts and assemblies, Import Flow/Thermal Effects, Load StiffeningFrequency Simulation
  • Buckling or Collapse SimulationAnalyse slender structure for critical buckling factors and the associated buckling mode shapes, Import Flow/Thermal EffectsBuckling or Collapse Simulation
  • Structural Thermal SimulationStructural Thermal Simulation
  • Drop Test SimulationAnalyse the effect of the impact of a part or an assembly on a target surface, Inputs: drop height, gravity, velocity at impact, Outputs: stress, displacement, and strainsDrop Test Simulation
  • Pressure Vessel Design SimulationAnalyse the structural behavior or parts and assemblies under loading, Linear combination and square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS)Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
  • Submodeling SimulationAnalyse the structural resistance of a sub model from a main assemblySubmodeling Simulation
  • 2D Simplification2D Simplification
  • Non Linear SimulationTransient (time dependent) loads, Large component deformation, Nonlinear materialsNon Linear Simulation
  • Dynamic SimulationModal Time History Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Random Vibration Analysis, Response Spectrum AnalysisDynamic Simulation
  • Composites Components SimulationComposites Components Simulation
  • SolidWorks Premium

  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Contacts and Connectors
  • Post Processing
  • Communication
  • Linear Static Simulation for Assembly
  • Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
  • Design Comparison Studies
  • Fatigue Simulation
  • Trend Tracker
  • Design Optimisation
  • Advanced Contacts & Connectors
  • Event-Based Motion Simulation
  • Frequency Simulation
  • Buckling or Collapse Simulation
  • Structural Thermal Simulation
  • Drop Test Simulation
  • Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
  • Submodeling Simulation
  • 2D Simplification
  • Non Linear Simulation
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Composites Components Simulation
  • Simulation Standard

  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Contacts and Connectors
  • Post Processing
  • Communication
  • Linear Static Simulation for Assembly
  • Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
  • Design Comparison Studies
  • Fatigue Simulation
  • Trend Tracker
  • Design Optimisation
  • Advanced Contacts & Connectors
  • Event-Based Motion Simulation
  • Frequency Simulation
  • Buckling or Collapse Simulation
  • Structural Thermal Simulation
  • Drop Test Simulation
  • Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
  • Submodeling Simulation
  • 2D Simplification
  • Non Linear Simulation
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Composites Components Simulation
  • Simulation Professional

  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Contacts and Connectors
  • Post Processing
  • Communication
  • Linear Static Simulation for Assembly
  • Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
  • Design Comparison Studies
  • Fatigue Simulation
  • Trend Tracker
  • Design Optimisation
  • Advanced Contacts & Connectors
  • Event-Based Motion Simulation
  • Frequency Simulation
  • Buckling or Collapse Simulation
  • Structural Thermal Simulation
  • Drop Test Simulation
  • Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
  • Submodeling Simulation
  • 2D Simplification
  • Non Linear Simulation
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Composites Components Simulation
  • Simulation Premium

  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Contacts and Connectors
  • Post Processing
  • Communication
  • Linear Static Simulation for Assembly
  • Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation
  • Design Comparison Studies
  • Fatigue Simulation
  • Trend Tracker
  • Design Optimisation
  • Advanced Contacts & Connectors
  • Event-Based Motion Simulation
  • Frequency Simulation
  • Buckling or Collapse Simulation
  • Structural Thermal Simulation
  • Drop Test Simulation
  • Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
  • Submodeling Simulation
  • 2D Simplification
  • Non Linear Simulation
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Composites Components Simulation