I use Solidworks for solid modeling and NeNastran for FEA and Femap for pre
and post processing. I am very satisfied with the combination. The people
at NeNastran are absolutely great to work with. I can bring the parasolid
files from SW directly into Femap/NeNastran painlessly. This may be more
functionality than you need. If that's the case, Solidworks and other
modelers package a "lite" version of some of the other FEA packages with
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