SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Geometry-Based Boundary Conditions

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What do you get when you take something that was good and make it even better?  In this case, you get SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020!  A year ago, SOLIDWORKS Plastics first introduced Geometry Based Boundary Conditions for injection locations, control valves, and mold wall temperatures.  This began to shift dependency away from the SOLIDWORKS Plastics mesh towards the CAD model geometry.  For those of you familiar with SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, this is the same mode of operation as […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Plastics – Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Workflow

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The launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is an exciting time for users.  There are many new tools to work with.  There are a few tweaks and changes to things we’ve grown accustomed to.  Then there are the changes to SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 that will absolutely delight those of us who are tasked with injection molding analysis!  There are two main topics I’m going to cover for SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 – Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Workflow and Streamlined Mesh Creation.  Keep reading to see […]

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Recommendations to Achieve Accurate Results with Linear Dynamic Analysis

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Our Simulation team gets asked a lot of questions regarding SOLIDWORKS Simulation features, capabilities, how-to, and similar, by our Simulation users.  After answering this myriad of questions, the most common theme for a follow-up is almost always related to achieving accurate results with SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Our Simulation team has written several blogs that provide guidance related to meshing and accuracy, such as Take Control of Your Mesh, Nodal vs Elemental Stress, one of my long-time favorites Divergence and Convergence for […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Remote Solver Setup

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Think about the last time you needed to solve a very large SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation project.  Did your workstation have enough horsepower to solve the project in a reasonable amount of time?  If not, did you have access to a high-end workstation elsewhere in your office that you could have connected to?  If the answers to those questions are ‘no’ and ‘yes’, respectively, then you could have taken advantage of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation’s Remote Solver capability.  Utilizing the Remote Solver […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: SP3 Additions and Improvements

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You might have missed the SOLIDWORKS Blog mentioning improvements that were quietly introduced into SOLIDWORKS Plastics with the launch of Service Pack 3.  Service pack 3 became available for download in early May 2019.  This SP included tutorials, updates to material properties, and solver improvements.  Hopefully, those three topics interest you enough to keep reading for the details! For SOLIDWORKS Plastics users, having access to tutorials helps us become familiar with the software and some of its capabilities faster.  The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Material Properties

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How do you obtain the material property data utilized in your analysis work?  Do you only use the materials in the SOLIDWORKS Material Library?  Are you one of the many SOLIDWORKS Simulation users that believe SOLIDWORKS Corporation should provide several hundred more materials in the built-in material libraries?  To me, this is a serious question that I often debate with other SOLIDWORKS Simulation users.  How often?  As recently as a few days ago I was engaged in a slightly heated […]

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Symmetry with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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If I told you that you could solve an analysis 75% faster, would you be interested?  I think so.  In several of my previous blogs, I have written about time-saving tools to utilize when working with SOLIDWORKS analysis products.  I plan on continuing this practice because knowledge is power!  Plus, if you’re able to analyze more iterations of your design, that will lead to better products for you and your customers! If you are a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user, I’m sure […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 2

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Have you ever proofread your own writing a dozen times and not recognized a mistake?  Well, in Part 1 of this blog I did just that.  It must have been the lucky number 13 re-read to realize my blunder!  My original premise was to use the same number of nodes along any edge in the finite element model.  So, when I referenced Part 1’s ‘Figure 5‘ and wrote: “The difference in results between 3 high quality elements and 4 draft […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 1

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It’s all about the nodes and the equations!   At least that’s what my office mate, Chris, says. I’m not going to disagree with him, rather I am going to show that he is correct.  That statement arose while discussing meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and getting reasonably accurate results with Finite Element Analysis.  That leads to the simple question “can I achieve accurate results using a draft quality mesh”? In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the easiest method of differentiating between a draft quality […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Venting Analysis

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Recently, I was helping one of our customers work through a large injection molding analysis using SOLIDWORKS Plastics. He wanted to verify weld lines and air traps as he was still planning gate and vent locations on the tooling. The part he was analyzing included many features, such as mounting bosses and stiffening ribs, on the inside. These features will all be on the core of the mold. The exterior of the part will have a near-smooth finish, an “appearance” […]

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