Simulation has become an invaluable tool for SOLIDWORKS users since 1995 when COSMOSworks became a SOLIDWORKS gold partner. Since then the product has evolved into what we know today as SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
For people who do not use SIMULATION a lot, it has a certain majesty; the colorful plots and neat animations give a sense of technological wonder. However, pretty colors and videos only go so far for an engineer. Eventually, we need hard data. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has introduced a neat quality of life improvement that makes exporting hard data from SOLIDWORKS Simulation that much easier. Let’s take a look.
The best ways to get hard data from a model in SOLIDWORKS Simulation are via the probe tool, result force, connector force, or friction force plots. These should be familiar to users of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, but as a review the options are available below:
As you can see, there is a new option for exporting this hard data out. By simply clicking the “Copy” icon, the entire table will be copied to the windows clipboard for easy pasting anywhere! This is a vast improvement over exporting first as a .csv then copying and pasting into word, PowerPoint, or any other 3rd party tool you may be using. You can copy reaction forces, free body forces, contact/friction forces, connector forces, and probed results in this manner.
But wait! That’s not all! This feature may seem simple, but it is a great quality of life improvement for Simulation users. It’s such a great improvement that SOLIDWORKS has back-ported this capability all they way back to SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 SP3! So fear not, those who are a bit late to update, you can use this functionality all the way back to mid 2020 releases to help inform your design process!
I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2021. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2021. All these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.”
Matt Sherak, CSWE, CSWE-Simulation
Simulation Product Specialist, Application Engineer
What is DI Month? We’re declaring October Design Innovation Month—again! It’s a month-long series of special events focused on what’s new in design and manufacturing technology. You’ll learn about enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021 that deliver new capabilities for improved performance, streamlined workflows, and a connected design ecosystem. Find out what’s new in 3D printing applications and 3D scanning to integrate into your design process.