Design Analysis Software

How do you know you have the best design? Test It!

Test and verify your designs quickly reducing the need for expensive physical prototypes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available in a number of versions of design validation software, each offering an increasing range of analysis tools, such as finite element analysis, structural analysis and design analysis to enable you to quickly and easily check your products.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

 An intuitive virtual testing environment for linear static, motion and fatigue simulation, suitable to answer common engineering challenges embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

  • Linear Static Analysis for Assembly
  • Time-based Motion Simulation
  • Fatigue Analysis - to test product durability
  • Trend Tracker Productivity Tool, which provides visual feedback on the impact of a design change on performance criteria such as maximum stress level.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

 Goes beyond core simulation and expands the virtual test environment to product durability and natural frequencies, heat transfer and buckling, and pressure analysis and complex loading.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

Provides a full range of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulation capabilities to ensure product robustness. Additional tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response and dynamic loading.

See also:
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - takes the complexity out of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to simulate design-critical fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces quickly and easily.

Key Benefits

  • Included within the SOLIDWORKS Premium 3D CAD design package
  • Core design analysis simulation tools test for strength and safety, analyse assembly kinematics, and simulate product performance.
  • Full integration with SOLIDWORKS creates a short learning curve
  • Redundant tasks often required with traditional analysis tools are eliminated
  • Component materials, connection, and relationships defined during the design process are carried through to simulation.
  • Wide range of geometry types are supported, enabling simulation of real-world performance of solid, thin-walled and structural features.


Developing a Turnkey Design and Manufacturing Process with SOLIDWORKS


3form Design

The Company

Product design consultancy 3form Design, have developed a turnkey design and manufacturing process which uses 3D CAD from the start.

The Challenge

Miller was dissatisfied with the conventional design process that started with designer sketches and mock up models all done in traditional manual lay ups.

The Solution

Introducing SOLIDWORKS in 1998 he found a tool that suited both his engineering and creative side. He's never looked back.


  • Ability to use CAD right from the concept stage
  • Explore shape, colour and texture rapidly whilst maintaining real life constraints of size and scale
  • Dealing with production issues early on means they don't have a problem when they come to product it
  • Ownership of design and manufacturing process allows innovative solutions
  • Enables them to always be affordable and competitive

"Creativity should not be measured by the medium we choose but how successful we can be with it"

Austen Miller
Company Founder, 3form Design

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