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.


Innovating the World’s First Practical Jetpack with SOLIDWORKS Solutions


Martin Aircraft Company

The Company 

Mankind has dreamed of flying freely, like a bird, since the beginning of time; not just soaring within the confines of an airplane, helicopter, or rocket—or suspended from a hang glider or balloon—but as a single entity, with the only means of propulsion strapped on one’s back. The concept of the jetpack reaches back to the early days of science fiction, yet previous models were unwieldy, unsafe, or unrealistic. That’s until Martin Aircraft developed the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first practical jetpack.

The Challenge 

Accelerate development of the world’s first practical jetpack to enable safe, controllable, single-person flight.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium design software, and the SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation analysis applications, to optimize design, improve prototyping, and shorten development time.

The Result

  • Cut mold development from three weeks to a day
  • Eliminated need for prototype molds
  • Accelerated jetpack development
  • Named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best
  • Inventions of 2010

"There’s no doubt that SOLIDWORKS has helped us to accelerate development and save time and money."

Glenn Martin
Founding Director and Inventor