SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Snap Fit Design and Optimization

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Snap-fits are used now-a-days everywhere from remote controllers to pen caps and have many variations including cantilever, annular, and torsional snaps. They can be used to increase assembly speed and have the added benefit of less loose parts. Where do we start when a snap design is desired? For example, this is a mounting bracket for an electrical control panel: The 3 female connectors must be attached quickly for fast assembly but also need to be secure and able to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: ‘Mesh creation failed’ Why Won’t my Part Mesh?

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A good mesh is key to any successful Finite Element Analysis and extracting accurate, valid results. So, what happens when all we get from the mesher in SOLIDWORKS Simulation is this? There are many reasons this message can appear, and my goal for this article is to provide some useful steps in identifying the source of mesh failure, provide insights into the operations of the mesh algorithm, and ultimately resolve the mesh failure. The first step is to check to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Flexible Components

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Those of you who are familiar with flexible assemblies know its main limitation – flexible sub-assemblies cannot change model geometry. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2020, that has changed. Flexible components allow features, driven by external references, to update effortlessly as the externally referenced entities move within the assembly. Some practical applications include; springs, bellows, and hinges to name a few, as well as many impractical applications. Let’s go over a quick impractical example before diving into the everyday stuff. Here you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Applying Torsional Continuity Relations

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If anyone has used surface modeling before they know that creating a seamless transition between a spline and a sketch entity is the key for a good surface. In SOLIDWORKS 2019 and earlier, there were two relations that could be used to transition from a spline to a sketch entity or model edge, ‘Tangent’ and ‘Equal Curvature’. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, a sketch relation has been added to help with smoothing out these transitions called, ‘Torsion Continuity’. To explain what this […]

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