SolidWorks

SolidWorks Simulation Premium


4.5 / 5
30 reviews


Average Ratings

30 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $7,995.00/one-time/user
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • SolidWorks
  • www.solidworks.com

About SolidWorks Simulation Premium

A powerful set of tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials.


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SolidWorks Simulation Premium Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Excellent package for Designers, inadequate for Pro users

Mar 13, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have been using SW Simulation package for over 10 years now and have used it wide variety of simulations (Static, Dynamic, Linear, Non-Linear, Random Fatigue, Thermal Cycle Fatigue). Pros:

1. Integration with SW CAD enables you to make quick changes and run what-if scenarios

2. Easy for entry-level MEs or Designers to understand and use

3. Tutorials are well written

4. Works 90% of the time with default settings so MEs can focus on the design instead of sim settings and parameters

Cons: 1. Not able to scale with hardware. eg you dont gain any improvement in solution time even if you use HPCs

2. Non-linear solver i snot as robust as other packages such as Abaqus or Ansys

3. Does not have low cycle fatigue capability

4. Does not have viscoeplastic material model

5. Does not have gasket element

6. Errors are difficult to understand and debug

Overall: Overall, if you are new or have limited FEA experience, you will be happy with it. It's good value for money for most applications and companies.

Basically all simulation tools are garbage in- garbage out unless you fully understood the problem

Jun 12, 2017
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It is embedded with CAD so it is relatively easier to use. If you understand the theory of the problem you want to solve : the results that you get from SolidWorks simulation tools are as equivalent to other tools like NASTRAN, ANSYS etc. I am the advanced lead engineer at GE transportation and use this tools for vibration analysis, fatigue analysis and static analysis. I solved the real vibration problem using this tool. I am the expert in the vibration analysis theory so for me using SolidWorks is easier, less time consuming than other software like ANSYS, ABAQUS and NASTRAN. I have used ANSYS and NASTRAN in the past but I like SolidWorks Simulation most because you can easily edit the geometry in SolidWorks. Basically the only weak part of SolidWorks Simulation is mesh optimization , it doesn't have that much as it just use tetrahedral element for solid meshing but you need to be aware that mesh optimization is not only the thing through which you get the results what you want. You need to fully understand the problem and only use the simulation as a solver. For example you need to the literature survey and define the problem and data related to the problem first.

Cons: I think SolidWorks has less strength in fatigue analysis. It has only the stress life approach and it will calculate the fatigue life based on the entered SN Curve. The other problem is: it has just a 5000 data point limit. You cannot enter more than 5000 data input curve for any analysis . It might be the huge problem. For example, if you have a signal of 5 sec time series and the signal is sampled at 1khz , you cannot enter more than 0.5sec time series that might be the issue for analyst . It would be great if they increase the input data limit and especially if they work more in the contact issue in the linear dynamic analysis. They should introduce bolt connector , no penetration/penetration contact , interference fit contact , sliding contact in the dynamic analysis . These contacts are really creating the inferiority of the software as compared to other tools like ANSYS and ABAQUS. The other thing I don't like about this software is they don't have frequency response function tool. If you want to correlate your experimental data with the simulation tool you need to have a frequency response function as FRF is the first measured quantity from the experiment. Try not to be confuse FRF with harmonic response analysis . FRF is ratio of output to input in frequency domain whereas harmonic analysis in SolidWorks is just the maximum amplitude response at the excitation frequencies range.

Overall: I am using this tool for research purpose as well as solving the daily problems

The program that gives the spirit of 3D design

May 21, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros:

During my high school education, I met with solidworks in 3D design education. In my university education, I learned the simulation program and used it for many years. I can check that many of my designed system works immediately with this program. I can even do flow analysis. A program that is very simple to use and user friendly. A different program is currently used in the company I work for, but I am using the solidworks simulation program from time to time for my own personal work.

Cons: I had no negative experience. a program I've used and enjoyed for many years

Solidworks Simulation

Jun 21, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is very easy to use. It provides me great insight into my designs, and allows me to verify designs and ideas without creating multiple prototypes. It saves time and money. The various studies that can be run is also helpful.

Cons: There is a steep learning curve, and I find that some users may over rely on this software. Not a knock on the software, but a caution.

Overall: As I have stated in the pros. The software has saved time and money buy focusing the design for our prototypes and reducing the cost of prototyping multiple ideas. The software has paid for itself for sure.

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Advantage of using SolidWorks Simulation Premium

Jun 19, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Real time simulation

UserFriendly

Stress analysis

Vibration analysis

Cons: This is one of best software that i had during my university studies. I did not have any issues when i using this.

Overall: When i doing my projects this is one of most important software for me. As a mechanical engineering undergraduate i have design many prototypes and i had to analyse those project. This real time simulation is very useful for success my projects.

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Amazing experience, I recommend this software

Jul 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It is the perfect tool to your projects as an engineer, architect or industrial designer. You can perform fluid simulations, including not only water and air (I performed simulataions with oil). Also, there are simulations for motions, forces and structures. It is so useful to reduce time in calculations and improve your designs reducing your factor of safety. These simulations are very close to reality because the software includes variations due to model material, surface and geometry.

Cons: I did not find many problems with this software. Perhaps, solidworks must include a lite version to do fast reviews of your models and simulations. Just in the case, you need check simulation results or verify something in blueprints.

solidworks simulation premium

Apr 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: solid works help me to simulate thing in automobile filed. it is best software that i used for draw machine parts

Cons: there are lots of new features in solidworks 2019 like,new 3d texture tool, improved editing with large assembly tools, enhanced graphical performance, model-based definition (mbd) for sheet metal parts, improved topology study constraints for generative design, enhanced drawings output formats, direct 3d markup tools, new chamfer and fillet creation options.

Overall: i did my university final project using solid works..

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Excellent software

Aug 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: As an engineer, I found so useful SolidWorks simulation. It helps you to develop calculations related to fluid motion (including thermodynamics) and stress/deformation in your designs. So, you can correct or improve materials, dimensions, geomeotry or mechanisms in order to have a better design. It is simple and easy, you just need knowledge in mechanical design and thermodynamics. Also you can simulate motion using a library and templates that SolidWorks has.

Cons: I had some troubles trying to view my results in other software. I think theremust be a lite versión in order to just check results and basic characteristics

Great too specially for engineers

Nov 22, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: As a production engineer and a person that has a taste for designing vehicles prototypes, CAD softwares are extremely important. It is very visual and helps you understand the dynamics of your design. It's helpful when it comes to the selection of the right material as well.

Cons: It has a very important learning curve, but once you pass it, it's a very powerful software and will make your life so much easier.

Overall: It helped me when I was designing a vehicle prototype for a SAE competition. It's a very helpful tool and made me a better engineer.

Excellent for engineering design

Aug 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: In the area of engineering design, simulations are very important as they bring us closer to the final product, this software allows us to simulate finite element simulations, make fluid simulations, allows you to include many variables in your simulations to obtain in this way desired security factors. The software gives you reliability in the results.

Cons: Solidworks simulation occupies a lot of memory, so it is necessary that it be backed by a good computer for optimal development.

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My experience is good while using this software. Very helpful in design simulation.

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I really like it's easy to use simulation tools based on the design and it's functionality. The results are almost correct with the theoretical results.

Cons: Some time it lags while analysis big file or design. It has some features missing if compare to its competitor products like Ansys.

Overall: I do buckling analysis in a project to analyse the buckling effect on column at different end point conditions. The results was very effective. I really recommend this.

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It is a robust software for 3D design whose main virtues are its performance and its ease of use.

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Being a parametric modeling software, allows the forms and dimensions with which you want to work, can be defined from formulas, while allowing the operations involved in the process can be executed in sequence.

That is, each operation is done as part of a logical sequence that allows reaching a result.

Cons: It has shortcomings for the modeling of complex surfaces, because it is limited by drawing curves.

The other important limitation is that it has a high modeling time when it comes to parts with multiple parts.

Overall: I have benefited from its great ease when it is used for the generation of technical drawings and when I have used it to simulate resistance of different materials before the action of external solicitations.

I have not found a better software to do the modeling of a piece that must be defined until its last details.

Best software for simulation model

Dec 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The ease of use is one of the main things that I like about this software. While creating a 3D model and when you required to simulate the model, you won't have any issue uttelizing this software.

Cons: Sometime when you don't have a very high graphics card it tend to lag a lot when you're running the simulation.

Overall: Overall I would recommend solidworks simulation to any of my Collegue because it definitely gets the work done.

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I've never had to call customer support

Mar 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: A lot of times, things glitch out. It's just the way of the world now. This is one of the few programs that I have been lucky enough to not need to call customer support on.

Cons: This program can be very tedious when running simulation, but all other programs require the same (if not more) input.

Overall: Simulation premium does a great job showing simulations. We use it primarily to give a visual to customers instead of a report.

Try to believe it

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The software is very fluid and helps a lot in creating models. Moreover, when using new controls, it explains how to use them in a comprehensive and clear way.

Cons: In creating the 2d model, the automatically created cartouche has crooked lines and is not really usable in practice.

Solidworks Simulation Premium

May 22, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It allowed me to do simulations. I also was able to make useful things.

Cons: How hard some of the things are to use. Some things like assembly were hard to use.

Overall: it was useful for seeing how something might work.

Rewiew for solidworks simulation premium

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Converting files desing and optimization get easy to solve

Cons: Nothing .... Everything is inbuilt in side

Overall: Good and get it into open source ....we expecting for.....new learners

Solidworks simulation

Sep 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to move between CAD model and simulation, also very easy to change model when running simulation

Cons: There are no shape optimization, and some contacts is hard to define

Best tool for Mechanical projects

Jun 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SolidWorks Simulation Premium is an easily available and advanced feature tool like the rendering of images, a design model of any mechanical tool by drawing its axis. Toolbar and commands are very easy to learn.

Cons: One of the major disadvantages of SolidWorks Simulation Premium is it is very costly as we can't use its advanced pro version having high prices. Some designing modules are also missing in this tool.

Overall: Various tool drawing like nut bolt

Good Baseline Simulation

Dec 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple to input constraints and set up simulations.

Cons: I prefer to use Abicus for high resolution simulations.

Overall: Good for when you just need to show something will work

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SolidWorks Simulation is today a complement of solidworks, is an application that is evolving

Jan 19, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SolidWorks Simulation has grown steadily, is a complement of solidworks, comes with the package and is very useful to test the designs.

Cons: SolidWorks Simulation generates reports whose presentation still leaves much to be desired, for simulations using the FEM method, it would be interesting to use other methods of analysis such as BEM, and a more intuitive application to work with external simulators such as matlab is desirable.

Overall: With SolidWorks Simulation I have carried out works of simulation of resistance of materials, mechanical interactions, fluids and heat transfer.

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Very good experience. I really like it.

Mar 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I really like it's analysis tools that are so simple and easy to understand. I do buckling analysis in this and results are almost correct.

Cons: All features of the analysis are not present in this software compare to other analysis software like Ansys. So, it needs to be improved.

Overall: Very good software. I really recommend this for analysis.

Easy to use simulation software for Solidworks

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I enjoy that I can model things in Solidworks, then run a simulation of the part to see if there may be any flaws in my design

Cons: I think that the add-on could be more user-friendly, since sometimes it does not work for me, but that may be my computer...

Overall: This software is able to test my parts so I can save money

Great for basic simulations

Apr 22, 2019
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I like the diversity of scenarios that you can analyze using the software.

Cons: I don't like how unintuitive many of the solidworks features are. The explanations for each input field don't always make sense.

User friendly simulation tool

May 14, 2019
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease for simulation for all design concept can be done will proper output

Cons: More advanced Simulation features can be incorporated to give more output clarity

Best CAD for 3D modelling

Jan 12, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: It allows you create almost any type of product or machine. It also allows you to perform some assessments to it's funcionality (for example: CFD analysis, Stress test).

Cons: The learning curve takes a lot of time in comparison to other software, i think. You need to have a very good understanding and experience with the software before you can take the most out of it.

Great Beginner/Intermediate software for Simulation

May 16, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: -Ease of use

-Interface

-Ability to handle large parts and assemblies

-Visualization of the results

-Speed of simulations

Cons: -Advanced features and ability to customize the simulation that are normally found in advanced software like Ansys and Abaqus are missing.

-Not able to capitalize on great potential to make the user a learned simulation expert instead of an expert in using the software alone.

Regular software for simulation and modeling on various applications

Jun 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software has a good appareance and its functionality is limited. It works on various aspects and presents many functions to work in engineering and science.

Cons: The simulation in CFD is regular. the graphics and results are limited and poor. I think that this software must improve many things to be a great software in CFD and simulations.

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Strong mid-level Software

Nov 24, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The strength and accuracy of the simulation process has saved my company thousands.

Cons: Crashes way too much. Not the strongest and has a ton of issues with larger files.

Overall: CFD and stress testing has saved my company thousands in prototyping. What would take months of manufacturing and thousands of dollars is condensed in an easy to use process that may only take hours.

Had an awesome and wonderful experience with this software and really recommend this for analysis

Apr 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The perfect software for analysis since its easy to understand. The analysis carried will give eesults which are accurate

Cons: The software requires knowlegde on how to use it and hence this software requires trained and skilled personel.Also the learning curve for how to use the software is a bit long