Simulation Software: Easily Predict Your Designs’ Performance

What is simulation


What is simulation software?

Simulation software gives designers and engineers the ability to predict the performance of their designs in real-world conditions. While traditionally this has meant static analysis, more advanced simulation software can also demonstrate vibrational analysis, injection molding simulation, fluid dynamics, fatigue analysis, and more.



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What are the benefits of simulation software for 3d design?

Simulation software allows users to be less reliant on costly physical prototyping by testing the designs digitally. Manufacturers can test a new design for failure, gain insight into real-world performance, and ensure that major design flaws are identified ahead of time and avoided before the final product ships. This helps ensure products are reliable, and the physical design/build/test process adds less cost and time to the product development cycle.

Additionally, simulation software allows engineers to start the simulation process early in the concept phase and continue to use it often throughout the design cycle. By understanding product performance early in the design process and getting meaningful technical insight while designing, product engineers can optimize their designs and avoid costly overdesign without sacrificing product quality.

This whitepaper offers an in-depth look at how the right simulation software can drastically reduce time to market. Learn how to eliminate costly tests and trials by switching to simulation software to predict performance in real-world conditions.

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Applications of simulation software

Simulation software is helpful in any industry looking to reduce costs in its product development cycle. It is commonly used by manufacturers to test industrial equipment and other costly products that experience heavy loads. This is especially important in highly regulated industries like aerospace, automotive, and construction.

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  • • Differentiate and innovate
  • • Identify and resolve potential issues early during design
  • • Reduce prototyping cost and time


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What simulation software is right for me?

The simulation software that works best for you will depend on the simulation functionalities you need. Some simulation software packages are designed for specific applications, such as sheet metal forming and injection molding. Others offer tiered software options with increasingly advanced simulation capabilities, such as the the SOLIDWORKS Simulation suite:

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Additional simulation solutions

In addition to the traditional Simulation suite, SOLIDWORKS also offers other simulation solutions for specific applications and tasks:

  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allows you to easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces with its CFD analysis capabilities. It is fully embedded with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.
  • SOLIDWORKS Plastics improves part quality and eliminates costly mold rework with easy-to-use injection molding simulation and advanced CAE analysis.
  • SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress gives users the ability to conduct stress analysis of simple parts. It is included with every license of SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional.
  • SOLIDWORKS Sustainability lets you design for the environment. It conducts life cycle assessment (LCA) on parts or assemblies directly within the design window and creates detailed reports that explain a design’s sustainability.


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Simulation software resources

For more information, you can contact our experts or reference the simulation software resources below: