SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials

Learn the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials Overview

This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS users productive more quickly with SOLIDWORKS Simulation software.

An in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. The course also covers linear stress analysis, gap/contact analysis, and best practices.

This training course will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding of using Analysis tools in SOLIDWORKS
  • Create better designs by performing analysis and evaluating the behavior of your parts and assemblies under actual service conditions.
Course Duration

3 Days (7 hours/day)

Skill Level

Intermediate Level

Course Type

Hands-on practical training


See the types of analysis you will conduct during the course


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials Course Requirements & Benefits

Understand the course requirements and the skills you will acquire after completing the SOLIDWORKS course


Attended SOLIDWORKS Essentials

At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Design Studies

Meshing & Mixed Meshing

Thermal Stress Analysis

Acquired Skills

Able to analyze parts & assemblies

Able to interpret analysis results

Able to conduct different types of analysis

"The SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials course gave us analysis results for different conditions which improved our understanding of the concepts."

— Jason Yu, O'Brien Installations

"Instructor was brilliant, and brought a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge to the class. My favorite part of the course was the Design Study, as this has a lot of applications for the stuff that I do."

— Aidan Aird, Developing Innovations

"I gained tips and more experience using SOLIDWORKS Simulation software."

— Deming Hao, Vuteq Canada

"The instructor was amazing! There was not a dull moment in the whole course"

— Wayne Taylor, Hamilton Kent Inc.

"I enjoyed the instructors enthusiasm. I will be able to validate my designs now."

— Rob Ferns, Kilmarnock

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Introduction to FEA

  • About This Course
  • What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation?
  • What Is Finite Element Analysis
  • Build Mathematical Mode
  • Build Finite Element Mode
  • Solve Finite Element Mode
  • Analyze Result
  • Errors in FEA
  • Finite Elements
  • Degrees of Freedom
  • Calculations in FEA
  • Interpretation of FEA Results
  • Units of Measurement
  • Limitations of SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Lesson 1: The Analysis Process

  • Objectives
  • The Analysis Process
  • Case Study: Stress in a Plate
  • Project Description
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options
  • Preprocessing
  • Meshing
  • Postprocessing
  • Multiple Studies
  • Reports

Lesson 2: Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions

  • Objectives
  • Mesh Control
  • Case Study: The L Bracket
  • Project Description
  • Case Study: Analysis of Bracket with a Fillet
  • Case Study: Analysis of a Welded Bracket
  • Understanding the Effect of Boundary Conditions

Lesson 3: Assembly Analysis with Contacts

  • Objectives
  • Contact Analysis
  • Case Study: Pliers with Global Contact
  • Pliers with Local Contact

Lesson 4: Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies

  • Objectives
  • Shrink Fit Parts
  • Case Study: Shrink Fit
  • Project Description
  • Analysis with Soft Springs

Lesson 5: Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement

  • Objectives
  • Connecting Components
  • Connectors
  • Mesh Control in an Assembly
  • Case Study: Cardan Joint
  • Problem Statement
  • Part 1: Draft Quality Coarse Mesh Analysis
  • Part 2: High Quality Mesh Analysis

Lesson 6: Compatible/Incompatible Meshes

  • Objectives
  • Compatible / Incompatible Meshing
  • Case Study: Rotor

Lesson 7: Analysis of Thin Components

  • Objectives
  • Thin Components
  • Case Study: Pulley
  • Part 1: Mesh with Solid Elements
  • Part 2: Refined Solid Mesh
  • Solid vs. Shell
  • Creating Shell Elements
  • Part 3: Shell Elements - Mid-plane Surface
  • Results Comparison
  • Case Study: Joist Hanger

Lesson 8: Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids

  • Objectives
  • Mixed Meshing Solids and Shells
  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel

Lesson 9: Beam Elements

  • Analysis of a Conveyor Frame
  • Element Choices
  • Section Properties
  • Beam Elements
  • Beam Joint Types
  • Beam Stress Components
  • Bending Moment and Shear Force Diagrams

Lesson 10: Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams & Shells

  • Objectives
  • Mixed Meshing
  • Case Study: Particle Separator
  • Beam Imprint

Lesson 11: Design Study

  • Objectives
  • Case Study: Suspension Design
  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification

Lesson 12: Thermal Stress Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Thermal Stress Analysis
  • Case Study: Bimetallic Strip
  • Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems
  • Saving Model in its Deformed Shape

Lesson 13: Adaptive Meshing

  • Objectives
  • Adaptive Meshing
  • Case Study: Support Bracket
  • h-Adaptivity Study
  • p-Adaptivity Study
  • h vs. p Elements - Summary

Lesson 14: Large Displacement Analysis

  • Objectives
  • Small vs. Large Displacement Analysis
  • Case Study: Clamp
  • Part 1: Small Displacement Linear Analysis
  • Part 2: Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis

Appendix A: Meshing, Solvers, and Tips & Tricks

  • Meshing Strategies
  • Geometry Preparation
  • Mesh Quality
  • Mesh Controls
  • Meshing Stages
  • Failure Diagnostics
  • Tips for Using Shell Elements
  • Hardware Considerations in Meshing
  • Solvers in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • Choosing a Solver

Appendix B: Customer Help and Assistance

  • Customer Help and Assistance

Training Methods

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Group/Public Training

Receive training as a group (limited amount per class) from certified instructors using vendor approved training content and methodologies.

Training is delivered either live online or in a traditional classroom environment.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • More effective than video based training, with videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
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Private Training

This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

Training is available live online, in-person classroom or onsite at your location.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

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