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SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION SOFTWARE PACKAGES 
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    Ease of Use      
    Learn Fast: Toolbar Menus, Context Sensitive Right-Mouse Menus, Built-In Tutorials, Searchable Help Documentation   X X X
    Help Documentation      X X X
    Knowledge Base  X X X
    Concurrent Engineering      
    Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD  X X X
    Full Associativity with 3D Design Changes
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    Support SOLIDWORKS Configurations X X X
    SOLIDWORKS Material Properties Support X X X
    Finite Element Analysis       
    Solid, Shell and Beam modeling X X X
    h and p adaptive element type X X X
    Mesh control capabilities   X X X
    Failure Mesh Diagnostic     X X X
   

Simplify model tool for meshing   

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    Customizable Material Library X X X
    Contacts and Connectors       
    Bonded contact condition   X X X
    Node-to-node, surface-to-surface contact condition
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Shrink Fit condition

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Virtual Wall condition

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Connectors: bolt, spring, pin, elastic support and bearing

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Connectors Safety Check

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    Self-contact condition X X X
    Post Processing      
    Contour, Iso-Surface, Surface, Section Result Plot<span
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    Probe tool
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Design Insight

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    Compare test data X X X
    List values on selected entities
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    Animation of Results X X X
    Overlay Simulation results onto SW graphics  X X X
    Hot spot detection (stress singularity) X X X
    Mass properties for simulation models X X X
    Communication       
    Customizable simulation report
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    eDrawings of Simulation results
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    Linear Static Simulation for Assembly      
    Analyze the structural behavior or parts and assemblies under loading
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    Fixtures to prescribe zero or non-zero displacements
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    Structural loads
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    Temperature loading X X X
    Import Flow/Thermal Effects
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    Calculation of stress, strain, displacement and FOS
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    Calculation of reaction forces and moments X X X
    Time Based Mechanism Motion Simulation      
    Automation      
    Macro recording and available APIs to automate Simulation features creation and repetition X X X
    Design Comparison Studies       
    What-if scenarios based on defined variables (dimensions, mass properties, simulation data) X X X
    Tend Tracker        
    Detect trends in results from different iterations of a static study X X X
    Fatigue Simulation      
    Analyse the life expectancy of structure under repeated loading
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    Theory of Cumulative Damage
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    Outputs: life, damage and factor of safety plots X X X
    Detecting Unconstrained Bodies  X

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    Equation Driven Results  X X X
    Design Optimization (based on Simulation data) X X  
    Advanced Contracts & Connectors      
    Thermal contact resistance condition
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    Insulated condition X X  
    Edge and spot weld connector
X X  
    Event-Based Motion Simulation X X   
    Frequency Simulation      
    Analyze the natural frequencies and mode shape of parts and assemblies  X X  
    Import Flow/Thermal Effects X X  
    Load Stiffening
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    Buckling or Collapse Simulation       
    Analyze slender structure for critical buckling factors and the associated buckling mode shapes
X X  
    Import Flow/Thermal Effects X X  
    Structural Thermal Simulation  X X   
    Drop Test Simulation       
    Analyze the effect of the impact of a part or an assembly on a target surface X X  
    Inputs: drop height, gravity, velocity at impact X X  
    Outputs: stress, displacement, and strains  X X  
    Pressure Vessel Design Simulation      
    Analyze the structural behavior or parts and assemblies under loading X X  
    Linear combination and square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS)  X X  
    Submodeling Simulation      
    Analyze the structural resistance of a sub model from a main assembly X X  
    2D Simplification       
    Plane Stress X X  
    Plane Strain X X  
    Axisymmetric  X X  
    Load Case Manager        
    Evaluate the effects of various load combinations on your model
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    Non Linear Simulation      
    Transient (time dependent) loads
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    Large component deformation
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    Nonlinear materials  X    
    Self-contact for nonlinear analysis  X    
    Real-time visual updates while solving  X    
    Dynamic Simulation      
    Modal Time History Analysis
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    Harmonic Analysis
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    Random Vibration Analysis  X    
    Response Spectrum Analysis  X    
    Estimate component life based on dynamic loading  X    
    Composites Components Simulation X    
    Offloaded Simulation X