3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation

A portfolio of connected, powerful and collaborative simulation solutions

What is 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation?

3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation is a portfolio of connected, powerful and collaborative simulation solutions on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform. It empowers you to accelerate design innovation by solving engineering challenges for your SOLIDWORKS® 3D designs with full data associativity.

Cloud-based simulation software

You can perform any structural analysis tasks with confidence, from the simplest linear static analysis to the most complex nonlinear drop test and impact analyses, by leveraging the built-in market-proven Abaqus solver technology.

The intuitive, interactive 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables your teams to share and visualize 3D simulation results and collaborate in real time from anywhere with a web browser. You can also easily create and assign tasks and manage multiple projects to speed up project delivery.

Combined with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Structural Mechanics Engineer delivers a unique, easy and integrated workflow to solve more advanced problems while allowing customers to reuse their SOLIDWORKS geometry, loads, restraints and materials.

You can run simulations on both your local machine or in the cloud. Leverage the growing suite of apps available on the platform aiming to help you with all facets of creating innovative, successful products.


The intuitive, interactive 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables your teams to share and visualize 3D simulation results and collaborate in real time from anywhere with a web browser.

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Industry-leading Abaqus technology

Built on industry-leading Abaqus technology, 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation gives novices and experts alike the power to perform complex linear and non-linear analyses to validate product designs and make better-informed product decisions faster.

Being part of the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio means any engineer can easily access advanced simulation without the need for expensive hardware. An added benefit is faster product delivery, thanks to real-time collaboration and data sharing capabilities.


  • Built-in Abaqus technology for linear, nonlinear, static, quasi-static, dynamic, linear and non-linear materials, sliding contact interactions, large deformations, large strain validation.
  • Material calibration for accurate material behavior modeling
  • Create high quality meshes and solve complex simulations such as drop test and impact


  • Share status and results with your team to make design decisions faster
  • Access and visualize 3D simulation results from anywhere with a web browser
  • Save, manage and iterate on your projects from any browser

3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Scales to Your Needs

Being part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio means 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation provides flexibility for you to choose the simulation capabilities that best fit your needs when you need them. Learn about the roles available to you.

3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Product Matrix

Role Capability Structural
Save SOLIDWORKS data on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform directly from SOLIDWORKS
Full Design Associativity
Enable efficient what-if scenarios that update your simulation model for any change made with a CAD application connected to the platform
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User Assistant
Follow an interactive wizard to set up, run and review results of simulation
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Physics Methods Reuse
Customize the User Assistant to streamline the setup and solving of complex simulations
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Platform Data Access and Management
Access the latest product design information from a single, centralized, secure location on the cloud
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Engineering Collaboration
Collaborate in real time, exchange ideas and manage tasks across disciplines on the cloud
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Lightweight Results Review
Review and share simulation results in real time on the cloud
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Solver Abaqus Implicit Solver
Solve static problems such as gasket compression and pre-loaded bolts
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Abaqus Implicit Dynamic Solver
Solve quasi-static problems such as snap fits
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Abaqus Explicit Solver
Solve nonlinear dynamic problems such as drop test and impact
Scenario Linear Static Analysis
Run linear static, thermal (steady-state), frequency, and linear buckling studies
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Linear Dynamic Analysis
Run modal transient, and model harmonic studies
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Nonlinear Static Analysis
Run nonlinear static, thermal (transient) and visco/creep studies
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Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
Run nonlinear dynamic, nonlinear buckling, random vibrations, complex frequency, and sub-modeling studies
Sequential Multi-Step Simulations
Set-up automatic sequential loading in one simulation
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Abaqus General Contact
Automatically set up component contact
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Model Connections
Set up modeling of multiple components in an assembly
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Adaptive Solid Meshing
Automatically refine meshes for higher accuracy where needed
Comprehensive Meshing Capabilities
Create high-quality meshes for solids, shells, and beams
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Rule-Based Meshing
Set meshing size and specifications (holes, fillets) for automatic high-quality mesh creation
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Geometry Preparation & Simplification
Automatically remove undesired geometry (holes, fillets, logos), extract mid-surface, and partition geometry for hex meshing
Materials Nonlinear Materials
Explore a wide range of materials with the following properties: hyper-elasticity, plastic or permanent deformation, creep deformation, viscoelasticity
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Material Calibration
Use test data to calibrate model behavior
Results Basic Post-Processing Tools
Generate report, contour/vector/iso-surface plots
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Advanced Post-Processing Tools
Create XY plots (field, history), path plots, view cuts
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Material Rendering
Create stunning visuals coupling material rendering with simulation results
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High-Performance Visualization
Accelerate the visualization of results even on large models
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Computation Local Computing
Run simulations on user’s local computer
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Cloud Computing
Run simulations remotely on the cloud

+ Additional Role Required


3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Packages

All 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation solutions offer an integrated workflow with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and use the same user interface making it easier for your engineers to come up to speed with new solutions.

SIMULIA Structural Performance Engineer

Structural Performance Engineer

Structural Performance Engineer enables SOLIDWORKS analysts to tackle the most challenging of static non-linear problems using the Abaqus FEA Solver on the cloud.

Structural Mechanics Engineer

Structural Mechanics Engineer

Structural Mechanics Engineer performs complex linear and non-linear analysis under realistic conditions to validate designs and make decisions faster

Structural Engineer SIMULIAworks

Structural Engineer

Structural Engineer is powered by proven Abaqus Simulation technology in a seamless, intuitive,and modern user interface within the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Structural Designer

Structural Designer

Structural Designer is an intuitive design simulation solution powered by the ABAQUS solver for designers looking for product performance assessment under linear static conditions.

SIMULIA Simulation Foundation

SIMULIA Simulation Foundation

SIMULIA Simulation Foundation connects to a cloud dashboard to access a library of simulation methods allowing users to find, monitor, and resume simulation studies.

3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Benefits

Assess structural integrity of products with powerful FEA simulation

Simulation Foundation

Easy to access and easy to use

  • Continuity, associativity and traceability with SOLIDWORKS for efficient what-if scenarios during the design process
  • Guided simulation setup with a customizable User Assistant panel for fast adoption and reduced learning curve
  • Subscription licensing model to match the length of your project (3 months or 1 year)
cloud based product development

Collaborative, secure platform in the cloud

  • Share simulation results and collaborate on your design projects from anywhere
  • Single, centralized, secure location on the cloud for all your engineering data, enabling the right people to access the right information at the right time
  • Cloud computing for handling validation of larger models without taxing your local machine

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured environment for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.

Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe—no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.

Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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