This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS users productive more quickly with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bundle. It offers comprehensive hands-on training on the applications of SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This course provides an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis, covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies.

The class discusses linear stress analysis, gap/contact analysis, and best practices. All SOLIDWORKS Simulation users wishing to create better designs in SOLIDWORKS by performing analysis and evaluating the behavior of their parts and assemblies under actual service conditions will benefit from taking this class.

Classroom Course 3 Days

Download Course Curriculum

Lesson Breakdown

Lesson 1 – The Analysis Process
Lesson 2 – Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions
Lesson 3 – Assembly Analysis with Contacts
Lesson 4 – Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies
Lesson 5 – Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement
Lesson 6 – Compatible / Incompatible Meshes
Lesson 7 – Analysis of Thin Components
Lesson 8 – Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids
Lesson 9 – Beam Elements – Analysis of a Conveyor Frame
Lesson 10 – Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams, & Shells
Lesson 11 – Design Study
Lesson 12 – Thermal Stress Analysis
Lesson 13 – Adaptive Meshing
Lesson 14 – Large Displacement Analysis
Appendix A – Meshing, Solvers, and Tips & Tricks
Appendix B – Customer Help and Assistance


General SOLIDWORKS Knowledge
Basic Mechanical Engineering Concepts

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If a class you would like to take is not currently on the schedule, you can email us to place you on the waiting list, and you will be notified when the class is available to take. Please include your name, company name, phone number, desired class and class location.

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