SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 8 – Final)

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Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This is the final part in this series. Here, I […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 6)

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Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This is part 6 in the series and will look […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 3)

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting.This is part […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 2)

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh. And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 1)

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Part 2 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked “what makes a good mesh?” I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for, in creating a mesh.  And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This […]

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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Visualizing Results on Full Model of Analysis Using Symmetry (Sim 2014)

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SolidWorks Simulation 2014 will let you visualize results on the full model of an analysis using symmetry. In an analysis, you can use symmetry to create a portion of the model instead of using the full model. You just need to cut the model in half and apply Symmetry restraints on all the cut faces. Also, when appropriate, taking advantage of symmetry can help you reduce the size of the problem and obtain more accurate results. Up until now, results […]

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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Contact Visualization Plot (Sim 2014)

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If you haven’t already heard, SolidWorks Simulation 2014 helps you visualize the applied contacts within your assembly analysis. With the new contact visualization plot, you can view how bodies are connected in multibody parts and assemblies. Before you run the analysis, you can detect the areas of contact applied by the global contact settings and any local contact sets. Not only does this ensure that you have created all the contacts that you need, but also confirms that you have […]

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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Automatic Conversion of Toolbox Fasteners to Bolts

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If you haven’t already heard, SolidWorks Simulation 2014 allows you to automatically convert your toolbox fasteners to Bolt Connectors. To run the automatic detection tool, simply right-click on the Connections icon in the Study PropertyManager and select Toolbox Fasteners to Bolts. This is found in the shortcut window, as shown in the picture below. During the conversion process, all information related to the location, geometric features, and material of the Toolbox fasteners is mapped internally to the formulation of the corresponding […]

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Using “Select All” in SOLIDWORKS

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I like to post information about things I see people struggle with, or questions that I get from people I’m trying to help. One such struggle involved someone who was trying to select all (or most of) the part files in his assembly. He would use the Ctrl key to select them individually, or the Shift key to select the components in groups.  So naturally, I told him how he could ‘Select All‘ and then deselect the couple of items […]

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How to Convert View to Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just want to hide a line or two to clean up a drawing view. Well, to change a style, a thickness, or hide an edge in a drawing, it’s as simple as selecting the line with the left mouse button. Here […]

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