SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensor for Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensors for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018 The power of using design studies has just gotten larger. If you are ever looking to find the “best” design iteration, then you should be using design studies to get you there. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has put more options into sensors so that you can optimize to a variable and collect more information about your designs. The mass properties sensor can now track variables such as volume, surface […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Create Results Plots from Imported Data – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Create Results Plots from Imported Data – #SW2018 This new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2018 has a very small industrial niche. From time to time you can get featureless files that have to run an analysis.. If you have done setup and calculated previous projects that are the same in design, then you can export that data and apply it to the new file set. This can be especially helpful when the process takes a long […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Displacement Control for Nonlinear Contacts – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Displacement Control for Nonlinear Contacts– #SW2018 For those of you that have a need to do a buckling analysis, will remember the 2017 release allows you to conduct a buckling analysis on assemblies with no penetration contact conditions using the Arc Length control method. This opened up a whole new world what you can analyze for instance this guard rail: SOLIDWORKS 2018 has went a bit further on this functionality to allow users to use […]

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What temp is assumed when no temp is applied in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

For those of you who do thermal analysis on your designs, it’s important to know the behavior to avoid an incorrect boundary condition. This can be said for every analysis you conduct but this time I’m speaking of the default temperature. When performing a transient thermal study SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION asks that you apply an initial temp so that it knows which direction the energy is flowing. Most of us, including myself, are used to selecting faces when applying a load […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Blended Curvature Based Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Blended Curvature Based Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Simulation   Meshing a part appropriately might be tenuous at times, but it is certainly a lot easier in SOLIDWORKS than just about any other software. We don’t want to set the expectation that meshing is a problem for SOLIDWORKS. Getting a good aspect ratio around the smaller geometry can drive you and your computer a bit crazy, especially if you don’t know the smallest size of your geometry. SOLIDWORKS introduced the blended curvature based […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Meshing Errors in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016

Meshing Errors in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016   When trying to mesh a runner system with the part in SOLIDWORKS 2016, you may end up getting errors that don’t give you a clue to what is wrong. For instance, take a look at this message: when sewing connector, it without any face error!! This message came up when I was creating a solid mesh. Not sure if the message is a direct translation from another language but it doesn’t give you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation   Anyone that does CFD analysis knows that it’s incredibly difficult to determine the most optimum design when multiple variables effect the outcome. This is the main reason SOLIDWORKS has advanced the optimization tool in Flow Simulation. You can now run an optimization study with varying flow and design parameters.     I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Inspection – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS Inspection   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has brought the functionality of the standalone SOLIDWORKS Inspection application to the Add-in! Users can now manually select which dimensions get a balloon and which don’t. Previously, in the Add-in application, every annotation would get ballooned and then the user would have to deselect each item individually from being ballooned. This was a time staking process, if you only wanted a few of the annotations of the hundreds you may have in the drawing.   […]

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How to organize inspection documents by type automatically when exporting them from SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

There are several organizations that would like to have their FAI/In Process reports separated by either dimensions or method of measurement. I am sure there are several other ways companies would organize their inspection documents, so this process can be used in other ways. Lets dive into the different ways documents can be separated. For those of you who are excel guru’s, you can use an IF and Then formula. Perhaps you can even write a macro to hide certain […]

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Tools for Understanding Dynamic Analysis in SOLIDWORKS

I believe everyone needs a refresher on engineering mechanics and material science.  Especially when they are trying to virtually analyze their products.  When doing a dynamic analysis there are many things software is doing to the data you input before it can be used.  The help menu tells you the exact equations but not how and why they are being used.  Here are some of the videos I watched to help me better understand what it takes to do a […]

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