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.



Cardiovascular Systems, Inc

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc develop and commercialise solutions for treating peripheral and coronary vascular disease.

Improving the Treatment of Vascular Disease with SOLIDWORKS Software


Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

The Company 

Vascular disease has become a major health problem for more than 17 million people. Whether the buildup of arterial plaque occurs in the extremities, known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or in the blood vessels surrounding the heart, known as coronary artery disease, it constricts the blood flow, threatens the health, and compromises the lifestyles of its victims. Angioplasty, the traditional treatment of the condition, involves the use of a balloon on the end of a catheter to infl ate blood vessels. However, this method is not always eff ective, particularly in removing the calcifi ed plaque that is oft en the primary source of the problem.

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) is revolutionizing the treatment of vascular disease through the development of a disposable, diamond-coated, catheter-based device. Utilizing the principle of centrifugal force, CSI’s device orbits the interior wall of the artery at speeds of 200,000 revolutions per minute and grinds away up to 90 percent of the plaque creating the obstruction—a procedure known as orbital atherectomy. A new version of the Diamondback 360® OAD System, which is cleared by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in limb arteries, will begin clinical trials for the treatment of coronary artery disease in 2010.

The Challenge

Develop, commercialize, and manufacture  clinically proven, safe, and effective medical devices for the treatment of vascular disease.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis, and 3DVIA Composer technical communication soft ware to accelerate development, streamline manufacturing, and garner regulatory approvals.

The Result

  • Reduced development time by 25 percent
  • Cut manufacturing costs by 20 percent
  • Introduced eff ective treatment for removing arterial plaque
  • Improved health and lifestyles of vascular disease patients

"We are also using 3DVIA Composer to create animations of new designs for consulting physicians to show how the product will inject, travel, and work."

Christopher Narveson
Design and Engineering Services Manager