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LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® from COMSOL Allows Users to Build Applications that Integrate Simulation and 3D Design

BURLINGTON, MA (February 2, 2016) — COMSOL, the leading provider of multiphysics modeling, simulation, and application design software, has announced support for app development in the latest version of LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS®. Part of COMSOL Multiphysics® software, the only fully integrated environment for creating custom simulation applications, LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® connects COMSOL® software simulations and 3D design and its latest version allows users to build apps with the Application Builder. This provides design engineers with a better understanding of how SOLIDWORKS® software designs perform in the intended operating environment by delivering an accurate evaluation of the impact of any physical effects and their interactions. With LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® and the Application Builder, engineers can build apps based on COMSOL® models created from a SOLIDWORKS® software geometry. LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® allows them to import and perform operations on their CAD geometries from within an app and then synchronize the final geometry with SOLIDWORKS® software.

LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® includes a One Window interface where SOLIDWORKS® software users can stay inside its environment and perform their multiphysics analysis directly from it.

LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® includes a bidirectional interface between the COMSOL Desktop® environment and SOLIDWORKS® software. This allows synchronization of the CAD design with the COMSOL® model; it also lets the simulation control the CAD design parameters in the SOLIDWORKS® software file. For even closer integration, the One Window interface makes the familiar windows, tools, icons, and menu items from COMSOL Multiphysics® available within the SOLIDWORKS® software user interface, enabling users to set up simulations without leaving the CAD design environment.

LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® also supports user-defined selections for an easier and more efficient simulation set-up on the synchronized CAD design. In SOLIDWORKS® software, the user can define selections, including bodies, faces, edges, or points, that are synchronized to the COMSOL® model where they are available to assign materials, physics settings, or any other model definitions. Users can also create selections from features of the Feature Manager Design Tree in SOLIDWORKS® software, or from the components of the CAD assembly. In addition, LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® can automatically generate and synchronize selections based on the material assignments in the CAD design in SOLIDWORKS® software.

With the LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® add-on product, users can take full advantage of the Application Builder available in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The latest release, COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.2, provides simulations experts with cutting edge capabilities for simulation app design. The software integrates highly productive model building, app design, and deployment tools that allow simulation applications to be easily run by users anywhere. About 50 new app examples are included in the extensive Application Libraries, including membrane dialysis, water treatment, thermoelectric cooling, heat exchangers, touchscreen design, magnetic prospecting, piezoacoustic transducers, muffler design, MEMS sensors, pressure vessels, and more.


COMSOL is a global provider of simulation software for product design and research to technical enterprises, research labs, and universities. Its COMSOL Multiphysics® product is an integrated software environment for creating physics-based models and simulation apps. A particular strength is its ability to account for coupled or multiphysics phenomena. Add-on products expand the simulation platform for electrical, mechanical, fluid flow, and chemical applications. Interfacing tools enable the integration of COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations with all major technical computing and CAD tools on the CAE market. Simulation experts rely on the COMSOL Server™ product to deploy apps to their design teams, manufacturing departments, test laboratories, and customers throughout the world. Founded in 1986, COMSOL employs more than 400 people in 22 offices worldwide and extends its reach with a network of distributors.


COMSOL, COMSOL Multiphysics, Capture the Concept, and COMSOL Desktop are registered trademarks of COMSOL AB. COMSOL Server, LiveLink, and Simulation for Everyone are trademarks of COMSOL AB. Other product or brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.