CAD Design - Training Centre Courses

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fundamentals

Key information

  • Course Code - SIM-F
  • Level - 1
  • Duration - 1 day
  • Price - 0.00


This course is designed for those less familiar with the broader concepts of stress analysis and is divided in to three main sections. Initially attendees will be introduced to the engineering terminology associated with stress analysis and how they relate to each other. Hand calculated examples will be used to reinforce these principles. The course will then move on to explain the background of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using the Simulation Xpress module found in SOLIDWORKS Standard. Using this functionality and learning how to interpret the results obtained will close this section. Finally, attendees with be introduced to the capabilities offered by the further Simulation products that are available to our customers. This will give users an understanding of how the functionality on offer relates to the real life Failure Modes they are trying to anticipate. To finish the course general advice for preparing CAD modelling in preparation for Simulation is given.

Topics Covered

Lesson 1: This lesson introduces definitions of various engineering terms, Force, Pressure, Moments and Torque, Deflection and Displacement, Number Notation, Stress, and Strain. Using worked examples attendees will consolidate their knowledge of these terms.

Lesson 2: Users will be introduced to various parameters associated with common materials. The lesson will then focus on the material properties required by SOLIDWORKS in order to successfully solve a simulation.

Lesson 3: Upon successful completion of this lesson attendees will understand the principles behind the Finite Element method. They will understand key pieces of terminology and appreciate the assumptions made when carrying out any form of Simulation.

Lesson 4: Through the use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Xpress attendees will become familiar with the type of result obtained when performing a Stress analysis. Additional information is given about typical problems that can occur.

Lesson 5: This lesson shows the additional capabilities found in the further Simulation Products – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium. This will also be an introduction to some of the less common types of failure that our designs can be susceptible to.

Lesson 6: This, the final chapter of this course, offers general advice in relation to ‘model preparation’. In many cases simple changes can be made to aid the Simulation, this lesson advises attendees when this would be appropriate. In the last section of this lesson you will be shows how to use your Simulation Xpress results to optimise the design of your parts.


CAD models are provided for this course so the only previous experience necessary is a basic familiarity with the Microsoft Windows Operating System.