Quick Tip: Motion Studies Tutorials within SolidWorks

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For those who are unaware, SolidWorks has some great tutorials for learning the Solidworks Motion tool set.  These won’t show everything that you would learn in a training class, but they are a good start to getting some practice in using SolidWorks Motion.  As a matter of fact, there are two new Motion Study tutorials in SolidWorks 2013: Motion Analysis Redundancies and Motion Along a Path.  Please check these out to gain some additional insight as to what Redundancies are, and Path […]

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What’s New with Meshing in Solidworks 2013

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Last month, I posted some tips and information on things you could do and tools you could use to ensure that you have a good mesh. Today, I thought I would follow that up with some new meshing functionality introduced in SolidWorks 2013. SolidWorks Simulation 2013 now allows you to do “Incremental Meshing.” This new functionality gives you the ability to remesh only selected solid or shell bodies instead of the entire assembly. Incremental Meshing allows you more flexibility in […]

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Creating a Better Mesh in SOLIDWORKS

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  Tips and Tricks for Creating a Better Mesh in SolidWorks Here is a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, use, and look for when creating a mesh.  Feel free to add it to the techniques you already use to create your mesh.  As of SolidWorks 2011, there is also a Mesh Advisor that can be used to help you mesh your components if there is a failure. Do a visual Inspection of the stress […]

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Using Simulation Advisor To Perform SOLIDWORKS Simulation Analysis

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Using Simulation Advisor to Perform SolidWorks Simulation Analysis Recently, someone asked me if they could perform a Simulation analysis simply by using the Simulation Advisor, and without having taken a class. Now, being a proponent of training, I certainly recommended our Simulation Training class. There, not only do you learn how to use the commands, but you also learn about all the options, and all the tips and tricks in performing an analysis. One can sign up for either our in house class […]

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How to Define Fluids in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Flow Simulation allows you to analyze the flow of up to ten fluids of different types (Liquids, Gases/Steam, Non-Newtonian Liquids and Compressible Liquids) in the same project. Fluids mixing can be analyzed as well, but mixing fluids must be of the same type (All gases, for example). In the Default Fluid dialog box, you can specify the default fluids and default fluid type to be assigned for all fluid regions. After the project is created, you can specify different fluid […]

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Important SolidWorks & FISHER UNITECH Resources

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Below is a list of important links for both SolidWorks and FISHER/UNITECH, including official websites, system requirement information, training & support information and how to make enhancement requests. Next month, I plan on sharing links to engineering references and calculators. SOLIDWORKS Website: https://www.solidworks.com/ System Requirements: https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html – Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SolidWorks supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products. Video Cards and Drivers: https://www.solidworks.com/pages/services/videocardtesting.html – Link to SolidWorks to […]

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Understanding Simulation Professional’s Frequency Analysis Support Issue

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Every structure has the tendency to vibrate at certain frequencies, called natural or resonant frequencies. Each natural frequency is associated with a certain shape, called mode shape, that the model tends to assume when vibrating at that frequency. When a structure is properly excited by a dynamic load with a frequency that coincides with one of its natural frequencies, the structure undergoes large displacements and stresses. This phenomenon is known as resonance. Recently, one issue came up for one of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sustainability in 2011: New Supported Regions & Sustainability Link

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SolidWorks Sustainability lets you do “sustainable design” easily, from within the SolidWorks application. You can compare results from similar materials to produce the optimal sustainable design. By integrating Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into the design process, you can see how decisions about material, manufacturing, and location (where parts are manufactured and where they are used) influence a design’s environmental impact. You specify various parameters that SolidWorks Sustainability uses to perform a comprehensive evaluation of all the steps in a design’s […]

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