Probing Simulation Results in SOLIDWORKS

By Stephen Petrock on

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has revolutionized the design process by enabling designers to perform analysis on their models–no engineering degree required! Simulation is easy to understand because the complexities of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are disguised by the familiar and intuitive SOLIDWORKS user interface. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is written in the language of 3D CAD. 

As designers leverage the power of simulation in their workflow, they run multiple “what if” scenarios on their models. This offers them insight into their designs never before possible because a quick change can be made, and the simulation rerun instantly gives a designer feedback on their model. Finally, providing the answer to the looming question every designer is compelled to ask, “Was that change helpful to my design?”

As you run all these “what if” scenarios you’ll need to know a few tips and tricks to help make this process as easy as possible. In this Video Tech Tip, we share with you the quickest way to probe your model to get results at a specific location. 


Keep in mind that simulation sensors are just for simulation and are a great way to keep track of your 3D CAD model as well. You can add sensors to track things like the mass, dimensions and even clearances. The best part of using sensors is that they are added right to your FeatureTree, acting as a dashboard for your model information right at your fingertips.