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.



Center Rock, Inc

Enabling the Rescue of 33 Chilean Miners using SOLIDWORKS Simulation.


Center Rock Inc.

The Company 

As the world watched the miraculous rescue of 33 Chilean miners—trapped 2,000 feet underground for two months—few knew that a redesigned drill from Center Rock Inc., made the rescue possible. Center Rock is a leading manufacturer of drilling supply equipment. The company’s pneumatic bits utilize wear-resistant carbide and diamond tips on a series of rotating hammers. Unlike the bits in conventional rotary drills, Center Rock’s percussive hammer bits can tunnel through even the hardest, most abrasive rock, as was the case at the San José Mine in Chile.

Developing its industry-leading technology demands 3D design and simulation tools, according to Rudy Lyon, Center Rock’s senior engineer and product development manager. “Designing an effective percussion rock bit is challenging,” Lyon explains. “You have to visualize how the hammers will function underground, analyze the structural stresses involved, and even understand the impact of air flow on cuttings removal. We usually perform these simulations concurrent with the design process, but, at critical times, we need to conduct simulations and redesign bits during an actual deployment. That was the scenario during the Chilean mine rescue.”

The Challenge

Efficiently increase the number of drilling products offered, while maintaining the flexibility to resolve engineering challenges and redesign drill bits on the fly in situations such as the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium design software, as well as SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation analysis software.

The Result

  • Reached miners two months ahead of projections
  • Redesigned drill bit in three days
  • Cut design cycles by 66 percent
  • Quadrupled product offering

"SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allowed us to reconfigure the tool and reach the miners faster."

Rudy Lyon
Senior Engineer and Product Development Manager