Solidworks Simulation is a complete suite of structural, functional, and flow analysis applications for every designer in the product development process. The software is easy to use, yet powerful enough to tackle the most complex design issues. It helps you to predict the performance of your design under real-world operating conditions and to detect problems and correct them before prototyping, tooling, and production.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

Ensure product robustness using the range of powerful structural simulation capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium. It goes beyond SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and includes additional tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response, dynamic loading, and composite materials.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Efficiently simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces critical to your design's success with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Driven by engineering goals, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation takes the complexity out of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and enables Product Engineers to use CFD insights for making their technical decisions in a concurrent engineering approach.
Predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of plastics part and injection mold design using SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation software. Companies that design plastic parts or molds can improve quality, eliminate costly mold rework, and decrease time-to-market.
SOLIDWORKS Sustainability
Conduct life cycle assessment (LCA) on parts or assemblies directly within the SOLIDWORKS 3D design window. Search for comparable materials, see in real time how they affect environmental impact, and easily document your findings.

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Design Comparison Studies
Fluid Flow Simulation
Rotating Regions
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Thermal Comfort Parameters Simulation
Advanced Radiation Simulation
Tracer Study
Enriched Library for Electronic Cooling
Dedicated Electronic Cooling Simulation
Joule Heating Simulation
SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 delivers many new enhancements around the themes of quality, performance, and usability in all aspects of the simulation process: pre- and post-processing and solving. Here are few of the new enhancements that you will find in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017.
Easily convert a simulation study
Now you can copy and convert an existing static study to a new non-linear or linear dynamic study carrying over the material, mesh, loads, and boundary conditions (fixtures and connections).
Edit multiple contact sets
Select and modify multiple contact sets in one single operation.
Update beam joints automatically
After a design change, a new option allows you to update automatically the impacted beam joints when the corresponding study is activated.
Remote loads and mass for beams
Now you can define remote loads, remote mass, and distributed mass over beams.
Enhanced performance
Easily identify directly from the 3D graphics area the type of pin connector (with retaining ring or key) or the type of bolt pre-load (axial or torque pre-load). The blended curvature-based mesher supports h-adaptive and p-adaptive methods. Failure indices for the composite shells failure criteria are calculated from the nodal stresses.
Detect stress hot spots automatically (stress singularities)
Stress singularities can distort the simulation results due to sharp corners, point loads, or boundary conditions applied to geometrical entities. You can easily identify and isolate stress singularities with the new Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics tool.
Show your simulation results with your 3D CAD model
For showing your simulation in the context of your design, you can display your simulation results in the 3D CAD modeling graphics area along with other components in the model that are not part of the simulation. Get the mass properties of your simulation model
Calculate the mass properties of your simulation model without the associated geometry defined. The simulation mass properties tool takes into account simulation features such as shell thickness, composite shells, remote masses, masses added with bolt and pin connectors.
Probe results at selected nodes
You can now probe the simulation results at nodes identified by their node number.
Retrieve your large dynamic analysis result files faster
You now have an option to reduce the file size of your dynamic analysis results. The improved algorithms also accelerate the sensor-tracked results retrieval.
More enhanced productivity
You can now see the same views of the different compared results automatically. Save result views as a standard image file format (.png, .jpg, or .bmp). Set the result plot maximum stress value to the material’s yield stress value. Easily browse and compare different mode shapes of frequency, linear dynamic, or buckling studies.
Offload your simulation run to another computer
In order to free up your local computational resources and work on other tasks, you can run your simulation on a different computer connected to your local network.
Expanded non-linear contact analysis
Thanks to the improved arc length control method for non-linear contact analysis, you can now simulate the buckling behavior of any structure more accurately with the inclusion of no penetration contacts between components that may come into contact during the analysis.
Self-dismissed solver messages
During a Simulation run, solver messages that prompt you with a choice of action automatically time out so it does not wait for you to do any action.
Enhanced performance for running studies with contact
Run your simulation studies that have surface-to-surface bonding and no penetration contacts faster, thanks to the optimized memory allocation and multi-threaded support for the Intel® compilers.
Macro recording in simulation
Capture, share, and speed up repetitive tasks of your simulation process. You can now record a macro with operations performed in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Macros capture and automate tasks, such as applying a material, creating loads and boundary conditions, as well as plotting results.
Multi-parameter optimization
Multi-parameter optimization is added to the Parametric Study. You can now conduct an optimization study for more than one input variable. You can select geometry or simulation parameters as variables. For each variable you define the range of variation and the target optimization goal such as maximize, minimize or match a Value.
Part Mass vs. Time Curve
You can now estimate the final part weight to aid in packing time estimation. The new XY plot shows how Part Mass changes during the filling/packing process. User can deal with part weight optimization, and compare material weight and costs by testing different materials, which is an important criterion for energy saving in the automotive and aerospace industries.
Automatic Packing time
The first stage of packing will automatically end if the polymer flow rate becomes nearly zero, and any remaining Pressure Holding Time will be added to the Pure Cooling Time to determine the new duration.

New Simulation features in SOLIDWORKS 2018/

SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables design teams to work together concurrently, evolving the design while validating any changes, and reusing previous analysis information, speeding up the complete design cycle.

The SOLIDWORKS model is the center of your design process, and also holds all your analysis set up and results. Any changes made to your design can be quickly and easily re-calculated ensuring product performance and reliability.


From part stress and factor of safety to problems with non-linear materials and vibration, learn how to stay competitive in today’s world by better understanding design performance.

SolidWorks Simulation provides a complete range of tools for analyzing the structure,motion, and multi-physics of your parts and assemblies, or exploring fluid dynamics and heat flow around and through your design.


As part of the SolidWorks suite of product development solutions—covering design, simulation, sustainable design, technical communication, and data management—SolidWorks Simulation is easy to use, yet powerful enough to tackle the most complex design issues. You can predict the performance of your design under real-world operating conditions to detect problems and correct them before prototyping, tooling, and production.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Packages/


CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables every designer and engineer to carry out structural simulation on parts and assemblies with finite element analysis (FEA) while they work to improve and validate performance and reduce the need for costly prototypes or design changes later on.
Structural simulation covers a wide range of FEA problems—from the performance of a part under a constant load to the stress analysis of a moving assembly under dynamic loading, all of which can be determined using SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools.

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CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables every designer and engineer to carry out thermal analysis at any stage of design to ensure that every component and assembly performs properly within expected temperature ranges, and spot safety issues before they arise.
Thermal analysis calculates the temperature and heat transfer within and between components in your design and its environment. This is an important consideration of design, as many products and material have temperature dependent properties. Product safety is also a consideration—if a product or component gets too hot, you may have to design a guard over it.

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Perform structural optimization analysis during design using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Simulation to reach the best available strength-to-weight, frequency, or stiffness performance for your designs, and cut costly prototypes, eliminate rework and save time and development costs.

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Carry out fatigue analysis and predict component fatigue failures during the design phase with CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Simulation. You can then adjust your design or define a preventive maintenance schedule to reduce warranty costs and maximize product life.

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Create a time- and money-saving electronic cooling strategy that ensures product thermal performance and quality using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the Electronic Cooling Module. Thermal management studies optimize heat dissipation, address thermal management problems common to products with printed circuit boards (PCBs), and help in selecting electronic devices.

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Conduct detailed motion analysis and evaluate the mechanical performance of your design using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Motion, and finite element analysis (FEA).

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