SOLIDWORKS Simulation Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Software | TPM


Reduce prototyping and physical testing costs by subjecting your designs to real-world conditions.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Why Choose It?

By virtually testing CAD models, SOLIDWORKS® Simulation predicts a product’s real-world physical behavior using Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The portfolio provides linear and nonlinear analysis for static, nonlinear, and dynamic analysis.
Why choose SOLIDWORKS Simulation?
SOLIDWORKS Simulation accuracy

How Accurate Are Simulation results?

There are many questions about the accuracy of Simulation software. The best practices for engineering simulation are set by the International Association for the Engineering Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Community (NAFEMS). According to NAFEMS and AFNOR, SOLIDWORKS Simulation results are usually accurate to within 1 percent of the actual solution.

Tools in Simulation

Linear Static Analysis

By analyzing stress, strain, displacement, and Factor of Safety (FOS) results, designs can be rapidly analyzed and iterated. Engineers can automatically track the results of design changes with the Trend Tracker tool.

Motion Analysis

Using Motion Analysis, engineers can simulate and analyze an assembly’s motion while including the effects of Motion Study elements. Forces, springs, dampers, and friction are among these elements. Motion Analysis combines motion study elements with mates in motion calculations.

Fatigue Analysis

Repeated loading and unloading weaken objects even when the induced stresses are considerably less than the allowable limits. During fatigue analysis, the model is evaluated for the effects of cyclic loads.

Frequency Analysis

Resonant or natural frequencies are the vibrations that occur when a body is disturbed from its resting position. For every natural frequency, the body takes on a certain shape known as a mode shape. Engineers can calculate the resonant frequencies using frequency analysis to avoid resonance. In addition, it provides information that can be used to solve dynamic response problems.

Thermal Analysis

Engineers can study and understand heat transfer, radiation, and convection using this test. The analysis results can determine how thermal conditions affect stress and displacement in a part or assembly.

Topology Study

A topology study optimizes parts without using parameters based on their topology. This topology optimization seeks to create a new material layout within the boundaries of the maximum allowed geometry. It redistributes the material based on a maximum design space and all applied loads, fixtures, and manufacturing constraints. The optimized component meets all mechanical and manufacturing requirements.

Parametric Optimization

Designers can quickly test and optimize a design based on dimensions, materials, constraints, and overall goals.

Buckling Analysis

Analyzes load-bearing structures under compressive loads to determine the Factor of Safety (FOS) against buckling failure.

Drop Test Simulation

Drop Test simulates drop test impacts of components and assemblies using an easy-to-use tool. Drop test analysis helps you understand how a design will behave when dropped. You can control the impact surface, height, velocity, and angle of the drop.

Nonlinear Analysis

Engineers can analyze designs incorporating these materials using nonlinear analysis using advanced material models. A linear solver cannot accurately test rubbers, plastics, Nitinol, and other nonlinear materials.

Composite Analysis

This study provides engineers with information on stresses at each layer and interlaminar stresses. It allows them to specify fiber orientation and layup schedules for materials such as fiberglass or carbon fiber.

Dynamic Analysis

Tests components and assemblies for Modal Time History, Harmonic Analysis, Random Vibration, and Response Spectrum. This type of analysis can provide results such as transient response, peak response, stress, acceleration, and displacement.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Packages

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, you can simulate static linear motion, time-based motion, and high-cycle fatigue. In the design phase, you can use it to know whether your product will perform properly and how long it will last.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

You can optimize your design, test heat transfer and buckling instabilities, and determine product mechanical resistance and durability using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional. In addition, it is capable of performing sequential simulations of multiple physics.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

You can use SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium to evaluate your designs’ nonlinear and dynamic responses, the dynamic loading of your designs, and composite materials. Three advanced studies are included with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: nonlinear statics, nonlinear dynamics, and linear dynamics.

Package Comparison Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium

Fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS® 3D CAD

FEA Modeling

Interactions and Connectors

Loads and Constraints

Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics

Communication with Reports and eDrawings®

Linear Static Simulation for Assemblies

Time-Based Motion

Design Comparison Studies

Fatigue Simulation

Trend Tracker

Automatic Conversion of Toolbox Fasteners to Bolts

Design Optimization

Load Case Manager

Advanced Interactions and Connectors

Topology Optimization Studies

Event-Based Motion Simulation

Frequency Simulation

Buckling or Collapse Simulation

Thermal Simulation

Drop Test Simulation

Pressure Vessel Design

Submodeling Simulation

2D Simplification

Linear Dynamic Simulation

Nonlinear Simulation

Composites Simulation

Technical Support

The Best Technical Support in the Industry

We at TPM have extensive knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and can assist you in achieving success using the software. You can count on our industry-leading team for assistance with any task you may need.

Customer Service

Quick Response Customer Service

Providing you with quick and accurate customer service is a priority of TPM’s Customer Experience team. We are here to help you no matter your business goals, whether it’s a question about your subscription or services.

Training for Manufacturers


TPM offers SOLIDWORKS training online and in person, taught by certified SOLIDWORKS instructors. TPM provides SOLIDWORKS certification preparation materials and a Course Completion Certificate to each student upon completion.

  • Open enrollment courses or specialized courses
  • Instructors who are certified in SOLIDWORKS
  • Smaller and more focused classes