SolidWorks Simulation Suite from Solidtec Solutions

SolidWorks Simulation Suite from Solidtec Solutions from Solidtec Solutions

By: Solidtec Solutions  01-Dec-2010
Keywords: Engineering, Professional Engineers, Solidworks 3d Cad

Raising the quality of your products whilst reducing costs for live prototypes and testing is an invaluable feature in a superior 3D CAD software package.The powerful design validation tools in SolidWorks enable you to easily subject your designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world.


SolidWorks Simulation

Included with SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Simulation includes the core tools you should be using to test your designs, whether you're new to analysis or a seasoned pro.


Featured simulation capabilities included with SolidWorks Premium include:

  • Assembly Simulation: Study the interactions of assembly components on-screen, before incurring the costs of physical prototypes. Simulate static or dynamic loads to evaluate your design’s performance under stress, strain, and displacement.

  • Simulate Welded Structures: Will your welded structures perform at peak operating conditions? Apply pressure, forces and bearing loads, then use visualization tools like section plots, ISO clipping and animation to review the response.

  • Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis: With our TolAnalyst tool, you’ll be able to quickly verify dimensioning and tolerancing schemes to ensure proper fit and function. It eliminates the need for hand calculations and manual entry of dimensions and tolerances.

  • Motion Simulation and Analysis: SolidWorks Motion lets you size motors and actuators, determine power consumption, understand gear drives, and determine how contacting parts behave. Check for colliding parts and output numerical and graphic data of the results, as well as animations of your tests.


One of the most comprehensive and sophisticated Finite Element Analysis (FEA) packages available, SolidWorks® Simulation Premium integrates completely with SolidWorks CAD software.


Key capabilities include:

  • Nonlinear Dynamics: test and validate your designs with nonlinear displacement analysis and analysis of nonlinear materials, as well as dynamic response analysis of parts and assemblies.

  • Simulate Plastic Parts: capture all the behaviour of your plastic parts without training or add-ins, simulate plastic components in all possible tests and environments, and optimize parts for volume and cost.

  • Simulate Forced Vibrations: predict and control vibration or dynamic responses in your products with choice of integrated design studies, including Transient study, Harmonic Response study, and Random Response study.

With SolidWorks® Simulation Professional, you can accurately simulate real-world operating conditions, reducing the time and costs associated with building and testing prototypes.


Key capabilities include:

  • Compare and Optimize Alternatives: Determine the best design opton by comparing strengths, life, cost, and weight. Perform all comparisons and design modifications within the SolidWorks environment.

  • Failure Prediction: Save the time and prototyping costs while creating safer, more durable products. Simulation predicts structural failure thresholds due to yielding, overheating, buckling, and fatigue.

  • Simulate Drop Test or Impact: Save time and cost by reducing the number of physical tests.  Define drop height, surface, and orientation. Perform realistic collision simulation between parts or assemblies.

  • Predict Buckling or Collapse: Virtually apply forces, pressure and gravity to your designs to determine maximum loads before buckling. You can study the effects of various materials as well as isotopic and orthotropic factors.

SolidWorks® Flow Simulation is the first and easiest fluid-flow simulation and thermal analysis program fully embedded within SolidWorks software. SolidWorks Flow Simulation eliminates the need to modify your design for a different computational fluid dynamics (CFD) application saving considerable time and cost. With its CFD analysis capabilities you can simulate liquid and gas flow in real world conditions, run “what if” scenarios, and quickly analyze the effects of fluid flow heat transfer, and related forces on immersed or surrounding components.


Fluids of interest for analysis range from air and water, to liquid chemicals and gas, not to mention various other flow items such as:

·         juice

·         ice cream

·         honey

·         plastic melts

·         toothpaste

·         blood

Key capabilities include:

  • Radiation heat transfer analysis: See how heat is transferred between high-temperature surfaces. You can also calculate solar radiation.
  • Internal flow analysis: See how liquids and gases through valves, regulators, and ducts.
  • Rotating reference frame analysis: It's easy to understand complex rotational flows inside turbo machinery (i.e., pumps and impellers).
  • Transient flow analysis: for simulating unsteady flow over time.
  • Conduction and convection heat transfer analysis: See how heat flows through an object

SolidWorks SimulationXpress

SolidWorks SimulationXpress is a first-pass analysis tool. It's included with every license of SolidWorks Standard and Professional, and gives you the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts.

SolidWorks SimulationXpress is suitable for stress analysis of simple parts, and lets you simulate the effects of force or pressure. You can even generate an HTML report and create eDrawings files to document the results. And when you're ready for more functionality, it's easy to tp upgrade to the full version of SolidWorks Simulation.

SolidWorks SimulationXpress can help you:

Verify whether your design will work and behave the way you intend.

Investigate the merits of a range of designs

  • Test radical design options without wasting money on physical protoypes
  • Determine the safety of a design
  • Document and share your results

Keywords: Engineering, Professional Engineers, Solidworks 3d Cad

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