SolidWorks is not only for modelling visually accurate and powerfully rendered designs, they can also provide simulation to your models in order to determine its feasibility and applicability in actual conditions. Read on to learn some of the things you must know if you want to be familiar with simulation on SolidWorks.

What Is Solid Works Replication/Simulation?

The SolidWorks simulation is a useful feature utilized by many engineering firms in order to have a structural analysis on the behaviours of the design components in physical applications by having a visualized testing on the screen. It uses finite element analysis (FEA) in its simulation by using numerical approach in obtaining results and outputs.


If you are wondering what SolidWorks replication can do, it is basically used for the analysis of models by creating mesh around system components, which will be used in order to interpret reactions that are accurate in physical applications. Primarily, simulation is necessary for stress calculations and analysis. It identifies possible deformities and stress for different situations like when a particular component will be experiencing constant stress, or static materials that will likely to remain constant over a period of time. In addition to stress analysis, it can also predict fatigue which may cause failure in components or part of a body due to random load endurance. Another important ability of SolidWorks replication is its analysis for thermodynamic applications like heat transfers and temperature conditions. Vibration is also simulated; it shows how the system reacts to unstable movements or sudden vibrations which may cause equipment failure. Buckling analysis is also incorporated, as it determines the buckling strength of the components, whether exposed to external loads or not. All of these may be solved by manual calculation, but to have a visual insight of the design, you need to simulate your model.


Mesh is an important tool in simulation. It is created by chunking larger components into tiny little pieces that represent parts of the system body. These nodes of mesh are actually values of data that the designer inputs, while the simulation will interpret these through calculations that are applied in the physical world. Depending on the use, mesh can be fine or it can be so multi-layered for complicated applications. These tiny components will individually react to various forces, depending on the simulation, which in turn depicts how the system will respond to real life conditions.

Don’t hesitate to use SolidWorks replication even if you are unfamiliar with it. Besides, SolidWorks features are easy to learn, so by spending a little time understanding how to simulate your model, you will actually save a lot of time and energy.