3DEXPERIENCE® Works for simulation & testing

Featuring Abaqus technology, SIMULIA brings advanced cloud-based simulation capabilities such as FEA to your product development process.

Scalable simulation and engineering collaboration on the cloud.

Built on industry-leading Abaqus technology, SIMULIA gives you the power to perform complex linear and non-linear analyses to validate product designs and make better-informed product decisions faster.

SIMULIA is part of the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, which means any engineer can easily access advanced simulation without the need for expensive hardware. An added benefit is faster product delivery, thanks to real-time collaboration and data sharing capabilities on the cloud.

To get an in-depth look at how SIMULIA can be used to solve your complex non-linear problems, watch our recorded webinar here.

Watch: How SIMULIA cloud simulation powers innovation

Structural Designer & Structural Engineer Roles.

Your entry point into the world of cloud-based simulation on The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, the Structural Designer and Structural Engineer roles provide you with easy-to-use tools to get you started with the job of testing your products onscreen prior to prototyping and manufacture.

Structural Designer role: This is an intuitive and guided simulation solution for designers who need to assess product performance under linear static, thermal and frequency conditions.

Structural Engineer Role: Perfect for design engineers looking for linear static, thermal and frequency analysis solution with solid, shell and beam meshing to assess product performance.

Structural Designer & Structural Engineer Roles.

Structural Performance Engineer Role.

The Structural Performance Engineer role is perfect for design engineers that wish to assess product performance under linear and nonlinear
static, thermal, frequency, thermal-stress, linear dynamic and quasi-static conditions. And, because it’s on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform you get cloud-based storage and computation, which means lower overheads to consider.

Included in the Structural Performance Engineer role is the Implicit Structural Simulation Solver powered by ABAQUS/Standard, which provides the ability to define data for creep, strain-hardening, hyper-elasticity, and damage.

Optimal use: Rubber, seals, gears, clips, ball bearings.

Watch: Structural Performance Engineer at Infocus Energy Services

Structural Mechanics Engineer Role.

In addition to the implicit analysis capabilities, the Structural Mechanics Engineer role provides the Explicit solver, powered by ABAQUS/Explicit, to simulate highly nonlinear static and dynamic structural analyses.

The Structural Mechanics Engineer Role gets you access to: Drop testing, crash safety, impact, forming, random vibration, and fracture, and these are just a few situations where this powerful solver is employed to enhance the product development and validation process.

Optimal use: Metal forming, crash testing, advanced gear design, impact, crimping.

Watch: 3DEXPERIENCE Structural Mechanics Engineer


Our 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS packages offer an intuitive, robust set of 3D design capabilities, simulation, data management and more.

Compare the packages below to start building your 3DEXPERIENCE.


3D CAD capabilities
+Part & assembly modelling
  • Handle all aspects of your part and assembly modelling and transform ideas and concepts into virtual 3D models.
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+2D design
  • Create production-ready 2D drawings that are always current and clearly communicate how to manufacture and assemble your designs.
Yes Yes Yes
+Productivity tools
  • Easily analyze, compare, check and report on your designs.
Yes Yes Yes
+Design reuse & automation
  • Simplify the reuse of existing design data with search, automation and configuration tools that help you speed up the creation of new designs.
Yes Yes Yes
+Interference check
  • Verify in 2D and 3D that your parts and assemblies will fit, assemble and operate correctly before moving to production.
Yes Yes Yes
+Manufacturability checks
  • Review your designs for Draft, Undercut, Thickness and Hole Alignments early in the development process to ensure manufacturability.
Yes Yes Yes
+Advanced CAD file import/export
  • Convert incoming CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format and export SOLIDWORKS data to other CAD applications using 30+ translators.
Yes Yes Yes
+Xtended Reality (XR) exporter
  • Export CAD data for AR, VR and web viewing experiences while retaining geometry, appearance, motion studies, display states and more.
Yes Yes Yes
+CAD standards checking
  • Use Design Checker to establish design standards and check drawings (or models) against them to create uniform designs and documentation.
Yes Yes
+Automated tolerance stackup analysis
  • Use TolAnalyst to automatically check the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies to ensure consistent fit of components and verify tolerancing schemes before manufacturing your designs.
Yes Yes
+Design for cost
  • Use SOLIDWORKS Costing to continuously check your designs against cost targets with automatic cost estimation tools fully integrated within the 3D CAD solution.
Yes Yes
+Reverse Engineering
  • Use ScanTo3D to recreate designs with the ability to import, edit, evaluate and create solid geometry from scanned point-cloud and mesh data.
Yes Yes
+Advanced photorealistic rendering
  • Easily create photographic-quality images from your 3D models early in the design process to get feedback and make informed design decisions.
Yes Yes
+Advanced surface flattening
  • Flatten complex, nondevelopable surfaces typically encountered in products made from textiles, like clothing, or sheet metal, like metal stampings.
+Pipe & tube routing
  • Simplify the design and documentation of piping and tubing for a wide range of systems and applications, including machinery, skid systems and process plant piping.
+Electrical cable & wiring harness routing
  • Quickly add cables, wires and harnesses to your design. Create flattened drawing representations of your 3D cables and harnesses with wire lists, connection information and bills of materials.
+Rectangular & other section routing
  • Route rectangular and round sections that include ducting, cable trays, conveyors, material handling chutes and other systems.

Simulation capabilities
+Time-based motion analysis
  • Realistically visualise your product moving throughout its operational cycle world, measure the forces and loads on your design, and use the data to correctly size motors and ensure product performance, quality and safety.
+Linear static analysis (part/assy)
  • Calculate the stresses and deformations of geometry using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods, and running linear stress analysis to determine the response of parts and assemblies.

Parametric modelling
+xDesign app (browser-based)
  • Create, review and evaluate 3D models through an intuitive parametric modelling solution that interacts seamlessly with the 3D CAD solution.
Yes Yes Yes

Subdivision modelling
+xShape app (browser-based)
  • Create organic shapes quickly and easily with an intuitive modelling solution that interacts seamlessly with the 3D CAD solution.
Yes Yes

Cloud data management
+Data access & management
  • Store, share, access and manage the latest product design information from a centralised, secure location.
Yes Yes Yes
+Product lifecycle management
  • Manage the lifecycle of any type of content, such as CAD files, simulation models and documentation, across disciplines and CAD solutions. Track issues, changes and routes, and reduce conflicting edits from multiple contributors with revision control.
Yes Yes Yes
  • Collaborate in real time using configurable dashboards, social communities, Kanban-style task management, activity streams, persistent chat and video calls. Easily search, visualise, explore and mark up SOLIDWORKS and other files directly in your browser
Yes Yes Yes
  • Monitor license usage, manage members, and assign and remove licenses from a single administrative dashboard, lowering administrative overhead. Easily stay up-to-date and benefit from the latest enhancements.
Yes Yes Yes

Training & support
+Training & support services
  • Get up to speed fast using online training content, a vibrant community and support from Innova Systems.
Yes Yes Yes