SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Flow Simulation Free Surface) – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Flow Simulation Free Surface) – #SW2018 Have you ever been asked the question about the half full/half empty glass? Well, the answer is that it is COMPLETELY full, it just has two fluids in it, one of which is invisible! With the exciting new Free Surface feature introduced in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018, you can prove it! This new functionality allows immiscible fluids to exist in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018 Graphical plotting of results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has been enhanced. Now we can use either a vertical or horizontal orientation of the color bar. Also, the scale of values displayed can be shown as logarithmic. In the right-click menu on the color bar, you’ll find the option “Make Horizontal”. Also, notice the option to switch to a logarithmic scale. Here’s the result of switching to a horizontal orientation for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!

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Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!   SOLIDWORKS functionality can make life easier when working with Simulation.  You probably know them well, so why not use those familiar functions to your advantage?  Let’s look at a few. Simulation-specific configurations Interference detection check for simulation-ready geometry Split lines for boundary condition application   Configurations   Editing the geometry before setting up a simulation is usually necessary. By setting up a new configuration for the analysis, changes made there won’t affect the original design. This allows […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots

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Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots   Trajectory plots in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be very informative for flow visualization; however, it is sometimes tricky to get what you want when using them with external flow results. I’ve found that for the starting point reference, sketches with patterned lines will generate a nice set of trajectories. Also, using planes that are parallel to the dominant flow direction can be useful. This reference selection choice is counter-intuitive but produces surprisingly good results.   […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Mesh Visualization Changes Implemented in SW2016

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Flow Simulation Mesh Visualization Changes   In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, accurately and efficiently designing the mesh to capture the solid/fluid interface is critical to producing quality results. Doing so can be a challenge, so it’s important to see the mesh at the boundary to support further refinement, as needed.   Flow Simulation 2015 and previous releases allowed visualizing the mesh using “Mesh 3D View”, a tool that was a bit cumbersome to use and didn’t produce a clear view of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Nonlinear Material Models in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Nonlinear Material Models in SOLIDWORKS Simulation   If you are using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, you have access to the Nonlinear study type. One of the advantages of this study type over the Linear Static study is the ability to apply loads and boundary conditions that vary over time. Another is the access to multiple material models that represent nonlinear material behaviors:   Nonlinear Elastic Hyper-elastic Elasto-plastic Super Elastic Nitinol Linear Visco-elastic Creep   Let me give you a brief description […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Leveraging Configurations in Simulation Products

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Leveraging Configurations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products   If you use any of the SOLIDWORKS products related to simulation, i.e., Simulation (Finite Element Analysis-FEA), Flow (Computational Fluid Dynamics-CFD) or Plastics (Injection Molding) and haven’t been taking advantage of configurations, then this information is for you!   The SOLIDWORKS configuration functionality allows for multiple “What-if?” design ideas managed in the same file, and the simulation products can take advantage of this great feature, giving you the ability to analyze each design separately […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation’s New Transient Explorer

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Flow Simulation’s New Transient Explorer   For Flow Simulation, the SP0 release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 includes great new functionality to post-process your results from time-dependent analyses. The new tool is called the Transient Explorer. We couldn’t include this in our series of articles on the topic of “SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New” since this function wasn’t available in the prerelease version, but I think you’ll find that it is worth the wait!   In prior releases, animation of time-dependent results required […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SW Plastics Interface and Configuration Integration Improvements – #SW2017

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SW Plastics Interface and Configuration Integration Improvements   Improvements to the SOLIDWORKS Plastics interface and its interaction with configurations will make your job as a designer and analyst even easier.  The SOLIDWORKS Plastics interface has been updated for consistency with the vector icons introduced in SW2016.     SW2016:     SW2017:     Improved linking to SOLIDWORKS configurations means that renaming a configuration automatically updates the Plastics study name associated with it.  Also, derived configurations are now supported.   […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SW Plastics Runner Design – Control Valves – #SW2017

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SW Plastics Runner Design – Control Valves   Increased realism in SOLIDWORKS Plastics comes with the introduction of control valves in the 2017 release. A technique used in the injection molding industry known as Sequential Valve Gating (SVG) incorporates the use of control valves when multiple gates are used in the injection process. The advantages of SVG are numerous, especially for larger and more complex parts, including greater control of weld line locations, minimization of the adverse effects of over-packing, and […]

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