SOLIDWORKS Simulation Product Matrix

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation software is available in three different packages: Standard, Professional and Premium. Learn more about the features included in each version below and then check out our Simulation Video & Resource library to explore more resources.

Categories and Features

Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Concurrent Engineering
Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Test your product while you design it. The easy-to-use 3D virtual simulation capabilities are fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, eliminating tedious, time-consuming tasks.

Simulation Premium
Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is included in Simulation Standard
Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes

Optimize your design/simulation process as any design change is automatically updated in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Simulation Premium
Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes is included in Simulation Standard
Support for SOLIDWORKS Configurations

Manage multiple “what-if?” design ideas in the same file, analyze each design separately and then easily compare results.

Simulation Premium
Support for SOLIDWORKS Configurations is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Support for SOLIDWORKS Configurations is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Support for SOLIDWORKS Configurations is included in Simulation Standard
Static Studies
Part and Assembly Structural Analysis

Solve part and assembly structural analysis problems for stress, strain, displacements and Factors of Safety (FOS). Problems are limited to static loading, elastic linear materials and small contact displacements.

Simulation Premium
Part and Assembly Structural Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Part and Assembly Structural Analysis is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Part and Assembly Structural Analysis is included in Simulation Standard
Fatigue Analysis
Fatigue Studies

Carry out fatigue analysis and predict component fatigue failures during the design phase. You can then adjust your design or define a preventive maintenance schedule to reduce warranty costs and maximize product life.

Simulation Premium
Fatigue Studies	 is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Fatigue Studies	 is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Fatigue Studies	 is included in Simulation Standard
Motion Analysis
Time-based Motion Analysis

Simulate moving or dynamic systems to get outputs to size your design. Some of the outputs available include displacements, reaction forces, accelerations and motor power.

Simulation Premium
Time-based Motion Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Time-based Motion Analysis is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Time-based Motion Analysis is included in Simulation Standard
Event Based Motion

Use an event-based rigid body kinematic and dynamic motion tool to calculate the velocities, accelerations and movements of an assembly under operational loads where actions and movements are triggered by the location or movement of components.

Simulation Premium
Event Based Motion is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Event Based Motion is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Event Based Motion is not included in Simulation Standard
Design Studies
Design Comparison Studies

Investigate what-if scenarios based on defined variables (dimensions, mass properties, simulation data).

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Design Comparison Studies is included in Name of Package 1
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Design Comparison Studies is included in Name of Package 2
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Design Comparison Studies is included in Name of Package 3
Finite Element Analysis
Support for SOLIDWORKS Material Properties

Use the many pre-defined material properties or define default and custom materials yourself before running a simulation study.

Simulation Premium
Support for SOLIDWORKS Material Properties is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Support for SOLIDWORKS Material Properties is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Support for SOLIDWORKS Material Properties is included in Simulation Standard
Solid, Shell and Beam Modeling

Model solid, shell, and beam elements using h- and p-adaptive element types with mesh control and failure diagnostics.

Simulation Premium
Solid, Shell and Beam Modeling is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Solid, Shell and Beam Modeling is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Solid, Shell and Beam Modeling is included in Simulation Standard
Mesh Control Capabilities

Specify local mesh control at vertices, edges, faces, components and beams for a more accurate representation of the geometry.

Simulation Premium
Mesh Control Capabilities is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Mesh Control Capabilities is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Mesh Control Capabilities is included in Simulation Standard
Failure Mesh Diagnostic

Use the mesh failure diagnostics tool to locate and resolve meshing problems. The Mesh Failure Diagnostic tool renders failed parts in shaded display mode in the graphics area.

Simulation Premium
Failure Mesh Diagnostic is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Failure Mesh Diagnostic is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Failure Mesh Diagnostic is included in Simulation Standard
Customizable Material Library

Create and use your own custom material libraries to ensure your virtual test reflects its real world, physical counter part.

Simulation Premium
Customizable Material Library is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Customizable Material Library is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Customizable Material Library is included in Simulation Standard
Loads and Restraints
Force and Pressure Loads

Evaluate the effects of various load combinations on your model with fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements, plus force, pressure and remote structural loads, temperature loading and the ability to import flow/thermal loads.

Simulation Premium
Force and Pressure Loads is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Force and Pressure Loads is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Force and Pressure Loads is included in Simulation Standard
Assembly Connectivity Analysis
Bonded Contact Condition

Simulate entities as if they were welded with bonded contact conditions.

Simulation Premium
Bonded Contact Condition is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Bonded Contact Condition is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Bonded Contact Condition is included in Simulation Standard
Node-to-Node, Surface-to-Surface Contact Condition

Use node-to-node, surface-to-surface conditions to prevent entities interference, but allow gaps to form

Simulation Premium
Node-to-Node, Surface-to-Surface Contact Condition is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Node-to-Node, Surface-to-Surface Contact Condition is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Node-to-Node, Surface-to-Surface Contact Condition is included in Simulation Standard
Shrink Fit Condition

Use Shrink Fit to simulate Shrink Fit between two bodies.

Simulation Premium
Shrink Fit Condition is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Shrink Fit Condition is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Shrink Fit Condition is included in Simulation Standard
Virtual Wall Condition

Use Virtual Wall to define contact between an entity and a virtual wall.

Simulation Premium
Virtual Wall Condition is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Virtual Wall Condition is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Virtual Wall Condition is included in Simulation Standard
Connectors

Simulate the behavior of bolts, springs and welds between the parts of the assembly without having to create the detailed geometry. Use a connector mechanism that defines how an entity is connected to another entity or to the ground, such as a bolt, spring, pin, edge and spot weld and bearing.

Simulation Premium
Connectors is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Connectors is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Connectors is included in Simulation Standard
Connectors Safety Check

Validate if connections will sustain the applied loads or if these connectors need resizing.

Simulation Premium
Connectors Safety Check is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Connectors Safety Check Simulation Standard Simulation Professional
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Connectors Safety Check is included in Name of Package 3
Self-contact Condition

Use self-contact conditions for contact between faces of a body or part in large deflection analysis.

Simulation Premium
Self-contact Condition is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Self-contact Condition is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Self-contact Condition is included in Simulation Standard
Edge and Spot Weld

Simulate the behavior of welded components with the edge and spot weld connector.

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Edge and Spot Weld is included in Name of Package 1
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Edge and Spot Weld is included in Name of Package 2
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Edge and Spot Weld is not included in Name of Package 3
Results
Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plots

Investigate your design performance and isolate critical areas by viewing iso-surfaces, surface and section result plots.

Simulation Premium
Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plots is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plots is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plots is included in Simulation Standard
Probe Tool

Use the probe tool to display the numerical value of the plotted field at the closest node or element's center to the selected model location. You can graph the results or save them to a file.

Simulation Premium
Probe Tool is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Probe Tool is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Probe Tool is included in Simulation Standard
Design Insight

Visualize results on the full geometry for symmetrical models, instead of only a section of the model, giving you better insight on the model behavior.

Simulation Premium
Design Insight is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Design Insight is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Design Insight is included in Simulation Standard
Hot Spot Detection (Stress Singularity)

Differentiate stress singularities from legitimate stress concentrations with the stress hot spot diagnostics tool.

Simulation Premium
Hot Spot Detection (Stress Singularity) is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Hot Spot Detection (Stress Singularity) is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Hot Spot Detection (Stress Singularity) is included in Simulation Standard
Compare Test Data

Compare FEA results to test data.

Simulation Premium
Compare Test Data is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Compare Test Data is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Compare Test Data is included in Simulation Standard
Animation of Results

Animate the response of your assembly under loads to visualize deformations, vibration modes, contact behavior, optimization alternatives and flow trajectories.

Simulation Premium
Animation of Results is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Animation of Results is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Animation of Results Simulation Standard Simulation Standard
Trend Tracker

Detect trends quickly in different iterations of a static study by using Trend Tracker to compare a baseline analysis to subsequent iterations. Save time with the rollback function that allows you to restore the model to a specific iteration.

Simulation Premium
Trend Tracker is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Trend Tracker is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Trend Tracker is included in Simulation Standard
Communication
Customizable Simulation Reports

Create and publish customized reports to provide technical and business insights for product development decisions.

Simulation Premium
Customizable Simulation Reports is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Customizable Simulation Reports is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Customizable Simulation Reports is included in Simulation Standard
eDrawings of Simulation Results

Communicate your simulation results and collaborate easily with non-SOLIDWORKS users via eDrawings, a shareable 3D file format.

Simulation Premium
eDrawings of Simulation Results is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
eDrawings of Simulation Results is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
eDrawings of Simulation Results is included in Simulation Standard
Material Types
Materiality Database

Access traceable, purpose-specific material properties data for more advanced material models including fatigue curves, hyperelastic properties of rubber and viscoelastic data on plastics.

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Materiality Database is included in Name of Package 1
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Materiality Database is included in Name of Package 2
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Materiality Database is not included in Name of Package 3
Composite Materials

Analyze symmetrical and unsymmetrical composite layups, as well as composite sandwiches. Each layer can be defined by a unique set of material properties and orientation, giving the designer maximum control to find the optimum layup and material for maximum product performance.

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Composite Materials is included in Name of Package 1
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Composite Materials is not included in Name of Package 2
Name of Package 3
Composite Materials is not included in Name of Package 3
Thermal Analysis
Thermal Studies

Solve steady-state and transient part and assembly thermal problems for temperature, temperature gradient and heat flux. With the Thermal Analysis completed, you can import temperature loads into a Static Study.

Simulation Premium
Thermal Studies is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Thermal Studies is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Thermal Studies is not included in Simulation Standard
Frequency Simulation
Frequency Studies

Analyze the natural frequencies and mode shape of parts and assemblies of any geometry.

Simulation Premium
Frequency Studies is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Frequency Studies is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Frequency Studies is not included in Simulation Standard
Buckling or Collapse Simulation
Buckling Studies

Investigate the buckling strength of a design with and without environmental loads. Calculate the buckling load factor, a scale factor similar in nature to the stress factor of safety (FoS).

Simulation Premium
Buckling Studies	 is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Buckling Studies	 is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Buckling Studies	 is not included in Simulation Standard
Pressure Vessel Design Simulation
Pressure Vessel Studies

Analyze the structural behavior of parts and assemblies under loading to determine linearized stress, a key for safe pressure design.

Simulation Premium
Pressure Vessel Studies is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Pressure Vessel Studies is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Pressure Vessel Studies is not included in Simulation Standard
Structural Topology Analysis
Topology Studies

Perform structural topology studies during design to cut out costly prototypes, discover new minimal material design alternatives and reduce material costs.

Simulation Premium
Topology Studies is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Topology Studies is included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Topology Studies is not included in Simulation Standard
Linear Dynamic Simulation
Linear Dynamic Studies

Build on the frequency study to calculate the stresses due to forcing vibrations and calculate the effects of dynamic loads, and impact or shock loading for linear elastic materials.

Simulation Premium
Linear Dynamic Studies is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Linear Dynamic Studies is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Linear Dynamic Studies is not included in Simulation Standard
Harmonic Analysis

Study structures that are subject to dynamically changing sinusoidal loads. Predict displacements, accelerations, strains and stresses on an assembly that is shaking continuously – for instance brackets attached to a rotating engine or motor.

Simulation Premium
Harmonic Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Harmonic Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Harmonic Analysis is not included in Simulation Standard
Random Vibration Analysis

Calculate the response due to non-deterministic loads with a random vibration study. Examples of non-deterministic loads include loads generated on a wheel of a car traveling on a rough road, base accelerations generated by earthquakes, pressure generated by air turbulence and pressure from sea waves or strong wind.

Simulation Premium
Random Vibration Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Random Vibration Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Random Vibration Analysis is not included in Simulation Standard
Response Spectrum Analysis

Use a response spectrum analysis to estimate the response of structures to random or time-dependent loading environments such as earthquakes, wind loads, ocean wave loads jet engine thrust or rocket motor vibrations.

Simulation Premium
Response Spectrum Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Response Spectrum Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Response Spectrum Analysis is included in Simulation Standard
Non-Linear Analysis
Non-Linear Analysis

Analyze complex material behavior, such as post-yield metals, rubbers and plastics, as well as account for large deflections and sliding contact-in components. Non-Linear Dynamic Study accounts for the effect of real-time varying loads that are included in calculations and results. In addition to solving non-linear static problems, Non-Linear Dynamic Studies can also solve impact problems.

Simulation Premium
Non-Linear Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Non-Linear Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Non-Linear Analysis is not included in Simulation Standard
Large Displacement Analysis

Apply loads gradually and uniformly in individual steps to account for stiffness changes during loading.

Simulation Premium
Large Displacement Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Large Displacement Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Large Displacement Analysis is not included in Simulation Standard
Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis

Study nonlinear buckling and snap-through events.

Simulation Premium
Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Nonlinear Static Buckling Analysis is not included in Simulation Standard
Nonlinear Contact Analysis

Use nonlinear stress analysis to determine the response of parts and assemblies to the effect of contact between components.

Simulation Premium
Nonlinear Contact Analysis is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Nonlinear Contact Analysis is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Nonlinear Contact Analysis is not included in Simulation Standard
Analysis of Elastomers

Perform analysis of models made of rubber material.

Simulation Premium
Analysis of Elastomers is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Analysis of Elastomers is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Analysis of Elastomers is not included in Simulation Standard
Plastic Deformation Studies

Conduct an elasto-plastic analysis to study plastic deformation and the onset of yield.

Simulation Premium
Plastic Deformation Studies is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Plastic Deformation Studies is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Plastic Deformation Studies is not included in Simulation Standard
Off-loaded Solving
Off-loaded Solving

Run a simulation study offloaded on a different computer connected to your local network.

Simulation Premium
Off-loaded Solving is included in Simulation Premium
Simulation Professional
Off-loaded Solving is not included in Simulation Professional
Simulation Standard
Off-loaded Solving is not included in Simulation Standard

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