Flattening Imported Sheet Metal Part Files

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SOLIDWORKS gives you some great tools to flatten imported sheet metal part files. The tool called “Insert Bends” automates this process. After identifying the fixed face, SOLIDWORKS adds sheet metal information such as Bend Allowance, Auto Relief, as well as Rip Parameters. This works great as long as you have a part with uniform wall thickness. If you find yourself with a part who’s thickness varies (as is the case often in bends), then here is a trick to try […]

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Finding THAT Needle in a Haystack!!

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I was reading the SOLIDWORKS Community online journal when I came across an interesting passage that underscored the need for an integrated data management solution to keep track of analysis results. http://www.solidworkscommunity.com/feature_full.php?cpfeatureid=26119 At a time where huge amounts of data circulate through computers and servers, it is almost way too easy to misplace information. Haystacks of information are growing ever larger and the needles ever smaller!! It is a routine procedure in a battery of analysis tests to make numerous […]

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Choice of Pressure Boundary Condition in FloWorks

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2008, Seth and I had the privilege of getting into a discussion with Bill Dziedzic, FloWorks Technical Specialist at SOLIDWORKS Corp. and Arvind Krishnan, Product manager of FloWorks, about the correct usage of the pressure boundary condition in COSMOS FloWorks. It is to be kept in mind that FloWorks gives a user three choices when assigning a pressure boundary condition – static pressure, total pressure or environmental pressure. The formal definitions of Static and Total Pressure are […]

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Choice of Pressure Boundary Condition in FloWorks

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2008, Seth and I had the privilege of getting into a discussion with Bill Dziedzic, FloWorks Technical Specialist at SOLIDWORKS Corp. and Arvind Krishnan, Product manager of FloWorks, about the correct usage of the pressure boundary condition in COSMOS FloWorks. It is to be kept in mind that FloWorks gives a user three choices when assigning a pressure boundary condition – static pressure, total pressure or environmental pressure. The formal definitions of Static and Total Pressure are […]

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SOLIDWORKS Hardware

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“What hardware do you recommend to get the most out of SolidWorks?” This is a question that I am asked at least a few times a week, and to be honest it is a hard one to answer because “it depends.” It depends on quite a few variables such as: -What is the complexity of the CAD data that you will be working with? -Are you looking for a stationary or mobile workstation platform? -Are you tied down to a […]

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Planning for Finite Element Analysis – Part II of IV

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GATHERING PERTINENT DATA Based on the industry, each customer has stringent requirements that are to be met by either the design, or the Finite Element Analysis results, or both. For example, a customer A can have a requirement that states that the factor of safety of the design should be at least 2, and that the maximum deflection on the design should not exceed 0.10 inches upon full-load application. Customer B might require the design to be within a certain […]

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Planning for Finite Element Analysis – Part I of IV

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With the integration that is available today between CAD and FEA, it is not uncommon to take model setup for granted, and put out fires at the end if there are conflicting results. For a seasoned FEA user, this approach works effectively enough. However, a little planning ahead can go a long way in ensuring correct results. Analysis is a lot like tightrope walking. One misstep in the setup can cause results to look disastrous. However, if setup correctly, the […]

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INTRODUCTION TO COSMOS

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COSMOS is the FEA tool built to function right inside your SOLIDWORKS interface. It is intended to empower both specialists and designers/engineers with capabilities to analyze their designs in an easy and resourceful way, and understand the results with its extremely user-friendly post-processing features. Its efficient integration with SOLIDWORKS makes it all the more versatile. In-built features such as using design scenarios for What if scenarios and easy re-analysis of design changes makes the tool technically sound. The breadth of […]

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Welcome to the 3DVision Blog!

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Welcome to the 3DVision Technologies blog site. Our Application Engineers and Technical Support staff will provide ongoing commentary about the design engineering community and its’ related topics. Please feel free to participate and comment at will. We hope you enjoy it!

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