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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SOLIDWORKS Functions Useful for Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS functionality can be used to make life easier when working with Simulations. The following functions can help speed things along for you: Simulation-specific configurations Interference detection check for simulation-ready geometry Split lines for boundary condition application Configurations Most analysis projects require you to edit the geometry in some way before setting up the simulation. If you set up a new configuration for the analysis, you can make changes to the geometry without affecting the original design. This allows for […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Report Generation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Report Generation Need to quickly organize and publish results from SOLIDWORKS Simulation? Make use of the program’s report generation functionality, which publishes the information directly to Microsoft Word. First, set up the template to be used for all subsequent reports via the Simulation Options window, accessed via the Simulation pull down menu. Setup Sections are selected and edited during the report setup. Note that there are formats for each study type and you can uncheck the boxes typically […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation-Using Symmetry

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Geometric and Loading Symmetry Some geometric shapes possess the property of symmetry. If a body, or an assembly of components, is able to be cut such that mirroring or patterning the remaining portion can be used to represent the entire body, then the body or assembly is said to be symmetric. Symmetry in the loading application is also present if the loading can be cut such that mirroring or patterning of the remaining portion can be used to represent the […]

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