About SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation simulates and tests the products virtually with real world insights in order to ensure the quality and performance of products before physically manufacturing them. It can provide reliable and accurate results from basic linear static analysis to more complex nonlinear and dynamic analysis. Designers and engineers can make their technical decisions based on the results and insights provided by the simulation.

What's new in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022?

Use the new Linkage Rod connector to represent a wider variety of physical components. Save time preparing your model with enhanced meshing and contact definition. Solve studies faster with parallel processing enhancements and automatic solver selection.

Capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation

  • Linear Analysis – Test the designs of linear materials under for stress, strain, displacement, and Factor of Safety (FOS) results and iterate them based on the results.
  • Non-Linear Analysis – Analyze stresses and deformations of materials such as rubbers, plastics and other nonlinear materials.
  • Frequency and Vibration Analysis
  • Motion Analysis – Simulate the mechanical performance of the assembly and evaluate the reaction forces, position, acceleration, and velocities.
  • Thermal Analysis – Analyze how the thermal conditions affect the stress and displacement in a part or assembly based on the heat transfer within the parts and the environment.
  • Fatigue Analysis – Determine fatigue failures by examining the load cycles and understand the life span of the components.
  • Dynamic Analysis – Predict the Modal Time History, Harmonic Analysis, Random Vibration, and Response Spectrum of parts and assemblies.
  • Buckling Analysis – Evaluate the Buckling strength of a design with and without environmental loads to prevent Buckling failures.

Features & Benefits Of SOLIDWORKS Simulation

  • Finite Element Analysis – Presence of various analysis tools enable testing and enhancing the parts and assemblies.
  • Drop Test – SOLIDWORKS Simulation helps in understanding how a drop impact affects the design based on the impact surface, height, velocity, and angle of the drop.
  • Optimum Insights – Simulate the product prototypes before manufacturing them to obtain real world like insights.
  • Decrease Development Costs – Testing the products virtually significantly reduce the prototyping and manufacturing costs.
  • Product Efficiency – By reiterating the designs based on the data obtained by simulations and analysis, the products are optimized for the best performance.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard is an intuitive virtual testing environment for static linear, time-based motion, and high-cycle fatigue simulation. It delivers a concurrent engineering approach helping with the product performance and durability.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional adds on to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard with tools to optimize design, determine product mechanical resistance, product durability, topology, natural frequencies, test heat transfer and buckling instabilities and perform sequential multi-physics simulations.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium includes all of the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional along with additional features to evaluate nonlinear and dynamic response, dynamic loading, and composite materials. It includes three advanced studies - Non-Linear Static, Non-Linear Dynamic, and Linear Dynamics.


  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fully Embedded Analysis
  • Static Stress Analysis
  • Linear Static Simulation for Part & Assembly
  • Trend Tracker
  • Fatigue Simulation
  • Time-based Kinematic Motion
  • Detecting Unconstrained Bodies
  • Communication
  • Contacts and Connectors
  • Post Processing
  • Design Comparison Studies
  • Equation Driven Results
  • Ease of Use
  • Event-Based Kinematic Motion
  • Topology Study
  • Load Case Manager
  • Advanced Contacts & Connectors
  • 2D Simplification
  • Design Optimization
  • Submodeling Simulation
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Buckling Analysis
  • Frequency Analysis
  • Drop Test Analysis
  • Pressure Vessel Analysis
  • Offloaded Solving
  • Plastic Deformation
  • Residual Stress
  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Composite Material Analysis
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Forced Vibration Analysis

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS SImulation Premium