Originally Posted by nerve2030
Yes it can help but it cant do it for you. Here is what I mean I made a balanced valve for my old school impulse. at first I just took a guess for the oring sizes but before I actually took the prints to the shop I was able to run a simulation to check the actual mechanical bias of the valve under pressure. using this information I was able to make some quick adjustments to my design and then went out to the shop and made the valve and it worked great. I might of made quite a few scrap ones first if I did not simulate it first. I used this same technique to design a high flow low pressure valve so a spyder project. I also use it to check clearances in assemblies before they get built and I have never had one not work. I have had some designs not work as well as I thought but they always assemble. That is what a program like solidworks can do for you.
good to know I was looking into solidworks as well