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SOLIDWORKS: Introduction To Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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4h 14m

Learn the basics of static simulation in Solidworks and how to prepare for the CSWSA-FEA exam.

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My first experience with Solidworks was in high school when I was taught different 3D CAD softwares including Solidworks. After high school I continued to develop my skills at University where I earned Master degree in Mechanical Engineering. At University I was already working part time as a Solidworks designer. After University I started working as a full-time Solidworks designer, designing welding resistance machines. After 3 years designing welding machines I started freelancing and

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • For students who want to learn basic static simulation in Solidworks
  • For students who want to take the CSWSA-FEA exam

What you’ll learn: 

  • Setting up a simulation, how to prepare a model, how to define fixtures and loads, how to create a mesh, how to run simulation and how to analyze results of Stress, Displacement and Strain of the Solid body.
  • How to define your own mesh, how to run multiple simulations, how to calculate stresses and strains at specific points of the model, how to create XY plots, how to re-modify models depending on the simulation results and how to create reports of the simulation study.
  • How to analyze planar symmetrical and circular symmetrical models using advanced tools. Those tools are a huge help in saving time and memory.
  • How to perform a static analysis of a shell body. There are compared two cases, one when an object under analysis is created with surface tools and the second case when it is created with sheet metal tools.
  • How to perform a static analysis of a frame body where the body is treated like a truss. There are two examples. In the first one, body is created with weldments tools and in the second, body is created with the Extruded Boss feature. 
  • How to perform a static analysis of a frame body where the body is treated like a beam, how to set up a simulation, what is the difference between beam and truss and how to present the results.
  • Preparation for the CSWSA-FEA Exam.
  • You’ll learn the secret tricks of the CSWSA – FEA exam
  • You’ll become familiar with Solidworks CSWSA – FEA exam concept
  • You’ll be able to start your Solidworks FEA designer career and start making money
  • You’ll be able to confidently list your SOLIDWORKS FEA skills in your resume


  • Solidworks 2016 software or a newer version
  • Basic knowledge of sketching and part modeling

★★★★★ I really got to learn a lot from this course. Thank you so much for providing valuable basic knowledge of static simulation. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn the basics. So 5 star by me.Akhil Vijayan

★★★★★ Provides a review from my learning in Strength of Materials.John Melvin V L.

★★★★★ Excellent course, excellent teacher.Sasa B.

★★★★★Very nicely explained and cover up all pointsAmit K G.

The problem is that most students...

  1. Don’t have the right mind strategy to think like a designer
  2. They are not able to prepare models for the static analysis
  3. They don’t know how to approach the analysis
  4. Plus, there are no many exam samples on the internet, so they can’t get familiar with the exam concept

If you want to come to the exam relaxed and full of confidence in your skills, let me introduce you to the training that will get you prepared even if you have never touched Solidworks static simulation before.

In this course, you will get skills, training, and examples to overcome those obstacles and pass the Solidworks CSWSA-FEA exam easily. 

Now what makes me credible to teach you this topic?

I have a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and I’m a Solidworks certified professional designer. I have over 5 years of industry experience in Solidworks, CATIA and AutoCAD.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned basic static simulation in Solidworks.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
About The Course 00:00:00
Overview 00:00:00
FEA Concept 00:00:00
FEA Theory 00:00:00
Supporting Files 00:00:00
Download SOLIDWORKS 2016 00:00:00
Section 2 - Solid Body Analysis
Introduction 00:00:00
Simulation Add In and Options 00:00:00
Geometry Preparation 00:00:00
New Study 00:00:00
Material 00:00:00
Fixture 00:00:00
Loads 00:00:00
Mesh And Model Simplification 00:00:00
Standard Mesh 00:00:00
Curvature Based Mesh 00:00:00
Mesh Control 00:00:00
Running Analysis 00:00:00
Geometry Modification 00:00:00
Chart Plots 00:00:00
Results Systematisation 00:00:00
Compare Results 00:00:00
Separate Studies 00:00:00
Loadcase Manager 00:00:00
Conclusion 00:00:00
Section 3 - Planar Symmetry
Introduction 00:00:00
Geometry Preparation 00:00:00
Loads And Fixture 00:00:00
Mesh 00:00:00
Run And Comparison Analysis 00:00:00
Conclusion 00:00:00
Section 4 - Circular Symmetry
Introduction 00:00:00
Static Analysis 00:00:00
Full Model Analysis And Comparison 00:00:00
Section 5 - Different Types Of Finite Elements
FE Types 00:00:00
Section 6 - Static Analysis Of A Shell Body
Introduction 00:00:00
Surface – Geometry Preparation 00:00:00
Surface – Static Analysis 00:00:00
Surface Conclusion 00:00:00
Sheet Metal – Introduction 00:00:00
Sheet Metal – Geometry Preparation 00:00:00
Sheet Metal Analysis And Results Comparison 00:00:00
Section 7 - Static Analysis Of A Frame Body Truss
Introduction 00:00:00
Developing A CAD Model1 With Weldment Tools 00:00:00
Truss Model1: Analysis Preparation 00:00:00
Truss Model 1: Results 00:00:00
Truss Model 2: Analysis Preparation 00:00:00
Truss Model 2: Results 00:00:00
Section 8 - Static Analysis Of A Frame Body
Introduction 00:00:00
Beam Vs Truss 00:00:00
Analysis Preparation 00:00:00
Results 00:00:00
Section 9 - CSWSA - FEA Preparation
CSWSA-FEA Exam Theory 00:00:00
Exercise 1 00:00:00
Exercise 2 00:00:00
Exercise 3 00:00:00
Exercise 4 00:00:00
Exercise 5 00:00:00
Exercise 6 00:00:00
Section 10 - Conclusion
Congratulations 00:00:00


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