3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 12, 2009 8:27 AM by Roland Schwarz

    How good is SW'S finite element analysis?

    robert dattilo


          We purchased the standard SW, and found out that it doesn't contain the toolbox or finite element analysis. We got 5 floating seats for around 28k. Even though we haven't fully launched the new software, as we've worked with it a bit, we discovered that we didn't get the toolbox or the finite element analysis. They're wanting an a additional 10k for the 5 seats, & one seat would also have the finite element analysis. How good is the SW'S finite element analysis? Would it fully do most jobs, or would we need to conitnue sending things out as we do now?



        • Re: How good is SW'S finite element analysis?
          Ryan Hevner

          Exactly what kind of analysis would you  be using it for? It's quite good at basic linear analysis and will allow for gap formation. You can simulate bearing load distribution, input bolt preload, define friction coefficients and contact between faces. For us it meets most of our needs. This all comes with Solidworks premium which I feel is well worth the additional money. To perform more advanced non-linear analysis, frequency response, etc. you need to puchase Simulation professional or premium which costs even more than SolidWorks Premium. I don't have much experience with those.


          By the way when did you purchase your SW seats? They are now running a promotion where you get a free upgrade from standard SolidWorks to SW Premium. Maybe you can ask for a deal.


          NEI also offers FEA that interfaces directly with SolidWorks but I have no experience with it.

          • Re: How good is SW'S finite element analysis?
            Roland Schwarz

            The only real answer is to get a demo and decide for yourself.  Hopefully you have enough engineering knowledge amongst yourselves to determine is SW Simulation is adequate.


            Don't allow canned demos.  Have software demonstrated on problems that represent your needs.


            I have opinions about SW Simulation's shortcomings, but those opinions are based on my own needs and experience.