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.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Delivers Optimal Design For Butterfly Valves


Tomoe Valves

The Company

A global company with its European headquarters based in South Wales since 1986, Tomoe Valve Limited is a bespoke valve manufacturing company, specialising in the design of Butterfly Valves. In 1998 Tomoe Tritec was formed to design and manufacture high performance Triple Offset Rotary process valves. The Triple Offset design provides performance and benefits that are ideal for arduous, high pressure, high temperature applications with the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical and Power & Process markets. In 2006, both companies were merged to form Tomoe Valve Limited.

The Challenge

Despite having switched from 2D to SOLIDWORKS for 3D CAD modelling and assembly in 2006, Tomoe's engineers wanted to fully utilise their three licenses. The company needed to improve its simulation offering to its customers, and had four key business requirements of the software:
  1. The ability to check and test CV flow
  2. Finite Element Stress Analysis
  3. Aid in reduced testing times
  4. Analyse and improve design of problematic valves including their 150lb range

The Solution

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation which allowed them to start work on recalculating their CV flows immediately.

The Result

  • Accelerated testing - testing times reduced by 80 per cent
  • Accurate valve CV figures has led to improved products
  • Scrap and rework costs dramatically reduced
  • Reduced time to market
  • Non conformities cut from 20 to just one per year
  • Improved design on their 150lb range of valves
  • Increased bespoke offering for customers

"SOLIDWORKS Simulation has made us more productive. Before we were guessing what was going on and now we get an answer in minutes."

Nick Clarke
Engineering Manager for Tomoe