Access To More SOLIDWORKS Materials Than Ever

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SolidWorks users know that the material database is by no means complete.  One of the enhancements of 2014 is access to the SOLIDWORKS Materials Web Portal at www.matereality.com.  To access this, the material database needs to be opened as shown below. Once this link has been opened a message will pop up as shown. By hitting “OK,” matereality.com will open which appears as shown below. In this example we will be looking for a steel alloy to be used in […]

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Is My SOLIDWORKS Model Constrained Properly?

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One problem many face when running simulations is how to add fixtures and/or which fixtures properly constrain their model.  In some cases the answer is easily evident.  In the case of a hook attached to a wall, there should be a fixed geometry on the back.  In the case of a nail, the same fixture should be used, as shown below. Unfortunately most simulations, if not all are not that simple.  While much of knowing which fixture is best comes […]

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Behold the Power of SOLIDWORKS Enhancements

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Some of the best things about each new year are the enhancements offered by the latest version of SolidWorks.  SOLIDWORKS Simulation has received several new enhancements to help view the results accurately. Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2014, in order to modify and edit the results of a study you would have to go to three separate locations.  You could edit the chart options, including showing min/max locations, changing the limits of the legend, and editing the color options.  These could be accessed […]

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Creating New Materials for Use in Simulation Studies

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When running Simulation Studies, one important facet is assigning the correct material.  While the automatic database of materials within SolidWorks is extensive, it is by no means complete.  There are many alloys, tempers and especially plastics and ceramics that are not contained within the database.  As they are, the materials cannot be edited, their properties are grayed out. While they cannot be edited, there is a very simple way to create new materials in the database.  Here are the steps […]

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Mesh Control – A Double Edged Sword

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When running simulations, mesh density is important.  Coarser meshes solve faster but are less accurate; while finer meshes are the opposite, slow but accurate.  While one way to reach the middle ground is to have the density right in the middle, a more accurate way would be to use mesh control.  Stress concentrations most commonly occur along edges, especially sharp edges.  On edges and other areas where accuracy is important, mesh control is a great way to keep that accuracy […]

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Correctly Scaling Models for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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In many instances, physical testing, especially in the field of aerodynamics, must be done on a scale model instead of the full size, not everyone can have NASA’s wind tunnel. The “Scale” command in SolidWorks allows a body to be scaled down(or up) to similarly recreate the physical scale model.  However, it is very important how you adjust the forces in a Simulation to correctly pattern the actual forces experienced by the scale model.  In my example I will use […]

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How Simple is Too Simple??

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When doing simulations, time and accuracy are both very valuable.  Using different configurations is a good way to balance the two.  As always though, there are trade-offs from going too far either way.  Too much simplification can mean widely incorrect results while too little can lead to negligible decrease in time.   In this example, a wing was created with three configurations; ribbed, hollow and solid. A fixed geometry was added to the wing edges where it would attach to […]

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