SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

Understanding the way your products will perform is critical to reducing development time. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard is easy to use and becomes a natural extension of your design process without the need for specialist knowledge.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard is everything but standard.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard gives engineers an intuitive virtual environment for testing their designs before committing to a prototype or manufacture. By understanding how your designs work, this easy to use and natural extension of SOLIDWORKS design – helps you make better and more informed decisions – saving time and money.

SOLIDWORKS Standard includes: linear static analysis for individual parts and their assemblies,  time-based motion and high-cycle fatigue simulation.  The Trend Tracker capability and Design Insight plot enable designers to highlight optimal design changes while they work.

Our video guide to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

Powerful functionality

Powerful functionality

Perform linear static calculations and simulations on parts and assemblies.

Ease of use

Ease of use

It’s SOLIDWORKS, so shares the same workflow and easy to use interface you’re used to.



Understanding real-world performance while you design inspires product innovation.

Analyse your design before committing to manufacture.

Define your materials

Choose from an extensive material database which is customisable to include your own specific materials.

Add your loads

Simply add your loads – which can also be imported from thermal, flow and motion simulation studies to perform multi physics analysis.

Let Simulation do the work

To produce results – allowing you to converge on the right design solution much quicker than before.

Simulate real-world movement of assemblies.

Kinematic analysis

Kinematic studies show how your design moves due to forces and motions/drivers applied to your assembly. The results are the assembly range of motion and determining part displacements, velocities, and accelerations.

Dynamic motion analysis

SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation can calculate the effect of forces, springs, dampers, gravity and contact between components and bushings.

Use results for a structural study

Once the assembly motion has been calculated, the motion-induced loads (accelerations and joint forces) can easily be exported to a structural analysis study.

Understand a products performance under repeated loads.

Fatigue simulation

Fatigue analysis examines how repeated or random load cycles can cause structural failure.

Built to perform

Evaluate the differences in your system’s performance to varying speeds or frequencies and estimate the design life of your entire product.

How long will your product last?

Identify critically damaged areas to improve total life, reduce damage and control factor of safety.

Trend tracker enables new product innovation.

Meaningful analysis

The trend Journal lists details about the baseline and every iteration and the gallery shows displacement and stress plots for every iteration.

Easily fits into your workflow

Add iterations automatically or manually when you run studies or design scenarios. The helpful rollback feature lets you restore your model to specific iterations. You can also add iterations automatically or manually when runing studies or design scenarios.

But which one is right for you?

It depends on what type of products you design, what type of functionality you need and the skills and experience you already have.

Use this SOLIDWORKS Simulation product matrix to compare features.

Product feature SOLIDWORKS Simulation StandardSim Stand. SOLIDWORKS Simulation ProfessionalSim Pro. SOLIDWORKS Simulation PremiumSim Prem.
+Ease of use
  • Easy to learn, easy to use
  • Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • Advanced online help
Yes Yes Yes
+Concurrent engineering
  • Full associativity with 3D design changes
  • Supports SOLIDWORKS configurations
  • SOLIDWORKS material properties support
Yes Yes Yes
+Finite element analysis
  • Solid, shell & beam modelling
  • H & P adaptive element types
  • Mesh control capabilities
  • Simplify model tool for meshing
  • Customisable material library
Yes Yes Yes
+Contacts and connectors
  • Bonded contact condition
  • Node to node surface condition
  • Surface to surface contact condition
  • Shrink fit condition
  • Virtual wall condition
  • Connectors: bolt/spring/pin/elastic & bearing support
  • Connectors safety check
Yes Yes Yes
+Post processing
  • Contour, iso surface, surface, section result plot
  • Probe tool
  • Design insight
  • Compare test data
  • List values on selected entities
  • Animation of results
Yes Yes Yes
  • Customisable simulation report
  • eDrawings of simulation results
Yes Yes Yes
+Linear static simulation for assembly
  • Structural behaviour of parts and assemblies
  • Structural loads
  • Temperature loading
  • Import flow/thermal effects
  • Calculation of stress, strain, displacement and FOS
  • Calculation of reaction forces and moments
Yes Yes Yes
+Time based mechanism motion simulation
  • Evaluate how products will perform throughout its operational cycle
Yes Yes Yes
+Design comparison studies
  • "What if" scenarios based on defined variables
Yes Yes Yes
+Trend tracker
  • Detect trends from different iterations of a study
Yes Yes Yes
+Fatigue simulation
  • Life expectancy under repeated loading
  • Theory of cumulative damage
  • Fatigue check plot
  • Outputs: life damage and FOS
Yes Yes Yes
+Topology studies
  • Perform structural topology studies during design to cut out costly prototypes, discover new minimal material design alternatives and reduce material costs.
Yes Yes
+Pressure vessel design simulation
  • Analyse parts and assemblies under pressure loading
  • Linear combination and sum of squares (SRSS)
Yes Yes
+2D simulation
  • Plane stress
  • Plane strain
  • Axisymmetric
Yes Yes
+Event based motion simulation
  • Create motion simulations based on process, not time
  • Trigger actions by completion of previous tasks
  • Create drives with real input control methods with servo motors
Yes Yes
+Advanced contacts and connectors
  • Thermal contact resistance condition
  • Insulated condition
  • Edge and spot weld connector
Yes Yes
+Frequency simulation
  • Analyse natural frequencies of parts and assemblies
  • Import flow/thermal effects
  • Load stiffening
Yes Yes
+Buckling or collapse simulation
  • Analyse slender structures for buckling factors and associated buckling mode shapes
  • Import flow/thermal effects
Yes Yes
+Structural thermal simulation
  • Easily study heat effects on your designs
  • Simulate thermal boundary conditions
  • Simulate fluid flow
  • Simulate thermal-structural interactions
  • Simulate radiation effects in high temp applications
Yes Yes
+Drop test simulation
  • Analyse impact of drop on part or assembly
  • Inputs: Drop height, gravity, velocity at impact
  • Outputs: stress, displacement and strains
Yes Yes
+Sub modelling simulation
  • Analyse structural resistance of sub model
Yes Yes
+Load case manager
  • Evaluate the effects of different load effects
Yes Yes
+Non linear simulation
  • Transient (time dependant) loads
  • Harmonic analysis
  • Random vibration analysis
  • Response spectrum analysis
+Dynamic simulation
  • Modal time history analysis
  • History analysis
  • Harmonic analysis
  • Random vibration analysis
  • Estimate component life based on dynamic testing
+Composites component simulation
  • Understand component responses with analysis of composite parts
  • Optimise material selection and orientation composite ply layer
  • Ensure product quality, performance and factor of safety

Undecided? Take a closer look at Professional and Premium.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software delivers powerful design functionality with an intuitive easy-to-use user interface to speed up your design process allowing you to be instantly more productive..

Subject your designs to “real world” stresses and strains. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is seamlessly integrated into the design software. Raise quality whilst reducing prototypes and testing costs.