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How to Install and Use COSMOS Design Validation Tools for SolidWorks


How to Install and Use COSMOS Design Validation Tools for SolidWorks




COSMOS is a suite of design analysis and simulation software that integrates with SolidWorks, a popular 3D CAD program. COSMOS enables engineers and designers to perform various types of validation tests on their SolidWorks models, such as stress, strain, vibration, heat transfer, fluid flow, and optimization. COSMOS helps to improve product quality, reduce development costs, and shorten time to market.




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In this article, we will explain how to install and use COSMOS design validation tools for SolidWorks. We will cover the following topics:


  • What are the different COSMOS packages and how to choose the right one for your needs



  • How to obtain a license file for COSMOS and activate it on your computer



  • How to access COSMOS tools from within SolidWorks and run basic analysis tasks



  • Where to find more resources and support for COSMOS users



What are the different COSMOS packages and how to choose the right one for your needs




COSMOS offers four different packages of design validation tools that can be purchased separately or as a bundle. The packages are:


  • COSMOSXpress: This is the simplest and most basic package that allows you to perform first-pass design verification on simple SolidWorks parts. You can check if your part can withstand a given load or pressure without breaking or deforming excessively. COSMOSXpress is included with every SolidWorks license.



  • COSMOSWorks Designer: This package provides more advanced and comprehensive analysis capabilities than COSMOSXpress. You can perform linear static, frequency, buckling, thermal, drop test, and optimization studies on SolidWorks parts and assemblies. You can also create custom materials, apply various types of loads and restraints, and view detailed results and reports. COSMOSWorks Designer is suitable for engineers and designers who are familiar with basic analysis concepts and want to go beyond hand calculations.



  • COSMOSWorks Professional: This package offers a wide spectrum of powerful design validation tools for experienced analysts. You can perform nonlinear static and dynamic, fatigue, contact, large displacement, plasticity, creep, thermal stress, and fluid-structure interaction studies on SolidWorks models. You can also use advanced meshing options, apply dynamic loads and restraints, and perform parametric studies and design scenarios. COSMOSWorks Professional is ideal for engineers who need to simulate complex real-world phenomena and optimize their designs.



  • COSMOSWorks Advanced Professional: This package includes all the features of COSMOSWorks Professional plus additional tools for specialized applications. You can perform heat transfer, fluid flow, HVAC, electronics cooling, mixing, combustion, radiation, porous media, rotating machinery, multiphase flow, free surface flow, and turbomachinery studies on SolidWorks models. You can also use advanced solvers, post-processing options, and result visualization tools. COSMOSWorks Advanced Professional is designed for experts who need to solve challenging engineering problems involving multiple physics domains.



To choose the right COSMOS package for your needs, you should consider the following factors:


  • The type and complexity of analysis you need to perform



  • The level of accuracy and detail you require in your results