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.


Burn it, Flood it, Restore it—Fireproof, Waterproof Hard Drive Designed with SOLIDWORKS Software



The Company 

Truly safeguarding your data, whether it contains business information, personal finances, or photos of your children, demands more than a simple backup to a standard external hard drive. What happens when scorching fire, damaging floodwaters, or earthquake tremors hit your home or business? Today, some of your most precious effects reside on a computer hard drive—files that can never be replaced—unless you back them up and store them elsewhere. ioSafe Inc set out to provide simple protection for the growing volume of valuable personal and business data by creating disaster-proof data storage devices for computers ranging from notebooks to enterprise data centers.

Like an “aircraft black box for your data,” disaster-proof hardware presents both business and technical development challenges, according to ioSafe CEO Robb Moore. A trained engineer as well as an entrepreneur, Moore understood that launching, sustaining, and growing ioSafe would require a design platform that not only helped his company solve the complex physics involved, but also provided a foundation for accelerating product development and supporting rapid growth.

The Challenge

Develop a disaster-proof data storage device at an affordable price point that can adequately cool with airflow yet withstand damage from fire and water.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS design and simulation soft ware to study the physical forces at work and accelerate development.

The Result 

  • Cut time-to-market by 75 percent
  • Saved $15,000 per design by eliminating prototypes
  • Supported annual growth of 400 percent
  • Trained new designers in 80 percent less time

"With SOLIDWORKS software, we brought our design TI ME down from four months to a single month, reclaiming three months of potentially lost sales of a high-demand product. What we’ve done wouldn’t be possible without integrated CAD and simulation software for quickly iterating virtual prototypes."

Robb Moore  CEO