SOLIDWORKS Simulation Trial Installation Setup: Structural, Flow, and Plastics

Article by Ryan Dark on Jan 12, 2013

Trial licenses for SOLIDWORKS products are not given access to download software from the SOLIDWORKS website. For the main SOLIDWORKS program, this usually means that SOLIDWORKS installation discs need to be shipped out or otherwise delivered in order to make an installation for a trial license. However, it is common for users to place a trial of Simulation, Flow Simulation, or Plastics onto a machine that already has a SOLIDWORKS installation that is on subscription (capable of making downloads). In these cases, the trial is mostly quickly set up by first downloading and installing the add-in, then going back and inserting the trial license that allows the add-in to turn on.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Trial

Procedure

The following procedure steps through how to setup a Simulation, Flow Simulation, or SOLIDWORKS Plastics trial license. The only requirement for this to work is that the presently installed SOLIDWORKS license be on active maintenance. To avoid download permission conflicts, the serial number will be entered as the last set of steps:

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel
  2. Go to "Features and Program"
  3. Locate the SOLIDWORKS installation in the list of program and elect to "Change" it
  4. Select "Modify the individual installation" and proceed next
  5. Do not add the serial number but immediately proceed ‘Next’ to the ‘Product Selection’ screen
  6. On the ‘Product Selection’ screen locate and select the option for ‘Select different packages or products’
  7. In the dialog that appears select SOLIDWORKS Premium’ and select ‘Also show products that are not

part of this package then press ‘OK’

  1. In the list of products locate and select the toggle for ‘Simulation’ (or ‘Flow Simulation’ or ‘Plastics’) then proceed ‘Next’
  2. If prompted to select a location for installation files select ‘Cancel’ and the program will then attempt to download the missing files
  3. At the ‘Summary’ screen select ‘Download and Modify’

At this point the software for the trial has been installed but is not ready for use. The serial number now needs to be added to the system:

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel
  2. Go to "Features and Program"
  3. Locate the SOLIDWORKS installation in the list of program and elect to "Change" it
  4. Select "Modify the individual installation" and proceed ‘Next’

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About Ryan Dark

Ryan has been in the GoEngineer technical support team since February 2008 where he most notably provides support for all FEA and CFD software offered by SolidWorks. His most recent accolade is the title of Elite Application Engineer awarded by SolidWorks Corp.

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