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.


Extending the Reach of Clean, Renewable Solar Energy with SOLIDWORKS


Solar Infra, Inc.

The Company 

The sun rises daily, bathing the earth in clean, dependable energy. Yet, harnessing this renewable resource presents challenges, especially when some of the sunniest regions have environmental conditions that preclude traditional solar modules. Standard solar arrays can usually only be installed 25 miles inland from the coast because of wind, humidity, and salinity exposure. Deep mountain snows and searing desert temperatures also limit solar module placement.

Solar Infra, Inc., a leading manufacturer of solar modules, sought to overcome these limitations and extend the reach of solar power, which is projected to become a $70 billion market by 2013. Working with Sandia National Laboratories and a DC-to-AC inverter manufacturer, the California company embarked on an effort to revolutionize the solar industry through the development of the Solar Infra AC-Enabled (ACE) solar module, a rugged module system with internal DC-to-AC inversion.

The Challenge

Develop rugged solar modules for electricity generation that can withstand extreme environments, last longer due to improved DC-to-AC inversion technology, and extend solar power into previously prohibitive areas.

The Solution

Utilize SOLIDWORKS 3D design and simulation tools to develop an innovative solar module frame that can handle higher temperatures and structural loads without increasing weight.

The Result 

  • Doubled strength of solar module frames
  • Reduced manufacturing costs by 25 percent
  • Saved $100,000 in prototype development costs
  • Extended reach of clean, renewable solar power

"I have used every analysis package during the course of my work. When i want the fastest path to an answer, SOLIDWORKS simulation is my top choice."

Jason Strauch
Engineering Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories