SOLIDWORKS Simulation Associate Course

Build a solid foundation in SOLIDWORKS simulation tool with no prior experience

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Course Summary

This streamlined course will build you a strong foundation using the SOLIDWORKS simulation tools, even if you have never done any simulations before. These include how to set up your static simulation study and how to extract meaningful plots and results. It will enable you to evaluate your designs for a better design for the production cycle. In addition, it will equip you with all the practical skills needed for the official SOLIDWORKS Simulation Associate exam.


  • Access to SOLIDWORKS 2016 or newer
  • Access to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard 
  • Basic SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling skills 

What is in the Course?

85 learning elements including:

  • 80 videos
  • 9 group simulation cases
  • 5 simulation cases practice sets

Learning Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the simulation workflow. 
  2. Be able to conduct static simulation analysis for parts and assemblies.  
  3. Be able to communicate simulation results clearly.  
you will get an certificate after completed the course

Certificate of Completion
To recognize what you learned

offer live office hours 3 times a week

Live Office Hours
3 times a week to clarify your doubts

Assuming you are starting from scratch

Beginner Level
Assuming you are starting from scratch

the whole course will deliver in English

Taught in English
Standard English is used to deliver the material

 take one month to complete the course

One Month to Complete
6 hours per week or 24 hours learning time

Questions Frequently Asked

What is the CSWA-Simulation Certification?

CSWA stands for Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate. The simulation associate certification is SOLIDWORKS official proof that you are familiar with all the foundational simulation tools to conduct sound analysis. It also proves that you have a good grasp of the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS simulation and an understanding of the Finite Element Analysis theory.

Why should I learn Simulation?

Simulations enable organizations to virtually test their designs before going towards prototyping. It will enable you to optimize your design while you are still working on it virtually. This will enable you to optimize your design for safety and reliability before you even start prototyping. It will save lots of time and money. It also enables the designer to experiment with lots of designs and virtually test them, resulting in optimal end products and avoiding material waste.

How does SOLIDWORKS simulation work?

SOLIDWORKS simulation tool utilizes the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) theory/method to make all the related calculations in the background. This is a significant reason why being familiar with the FEA method can help understand what the software does in the background. In a nutshell, FEA works by breaking complex structures into smaller elements that can be analyzed one at a time.  

What is required to pass the CSWA-simulation certification exam?

To pass the CSWA-simulation exam, you will need to be familiar with the foundational tools and features in the SOLIDWORKS static analysis package. This is in addition to being familiar with the software 3D modeling tools and basic knowledge of engineering principles, including statics, strength of materials, and finite element analysis theory. This course covers the practical usages of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation tool. It DOES NOT cover engineering principles.  

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What Does This Course Cover?

  1. What is the Finite Element Analysis method and its advantage.
  2. What is the procedure of conducting a static simulation study. 
  3. How to load and set up the simulation plug-in.
  4. What is the factor of safety, and how does it impact our designs.
  5. What is the difference between beams, shells, and solids, and how to simulate each?
  6. How to prepare our 3D models for simulation.
  7. What are the different types of fixtures, and how to set them up.
  8. What are the different types of loads, and how to set them up.
  9. What are the different types of contacts, and how to set them up.
  10. How to generate the stress distribution and displacement plots. 
  11. How to simulate assemblies and multi-body parts.
  12. How to adjust the mesh density for your simulated models.
  13. How to set up and use adaptive meshing.    
  14. How to re-format your plots for better communicative ones.
  15. How to generate XY plots.
  16. How to calculate the reaction forces in different areas of the model.
  17. What is the difference between small and large displacements.
  18. What are the different best practices in conducting simulation.  

Samples From the Course

Below are sample videos from inside the course. All other materials are made with the same style and quality.

What is Finite Elements Analysis (FEA)
Reaction Forces
XY Plots

Certificate indicate learner successfully completing the Solidworks Associate level Training

Certificate of Completion

Once you complete all the course materials, you will get a downloadable certificate of completion. More importantly, you will be able to highlight your SOLIDWORKS simulation skills in your resume.

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Course Instructor

Tayseer Almattar is the founder of TforDesign and co-founder of ideabee Design Consultancy. He holds a bachelor's (B.S.) degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Design (MDes) degree in international design and business management. He has many years of experience in corporate training, instructional design, and quality assurance. He has also been an avid user of SOLIDWORKS for over 10 years and has published multiple online SOLIDWORKS training courses with over 40,000 enrolled students from over 120 countries. In addition, he authored the book 'Learn SOLIDWORKS 2020' published by Packt Publishing.

    Tayseer is interested in the use of design principles and technology to add value to different organizations. He is also passionate about sustainability and how design can help to build more sustainable organizations.