Stratasys Connex 3D Printers

Stratasys Connex 3D Printers Who is Stratasys? Stratasys was founded in 1989, by S. Scott Crump and his wife Lisa Crump in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Crump thought of creating shapes layer by layer and of a way to automate the process. In April 1992, Stratasys sold its first product, the 3D Modeler. Crump patented fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology and in 2003, FDM was the best-selling rapid prototyping technology. On April 16, 2012, Stratasys announced that it agreed to merge with privately held Objet Ltd., a leading manufacturer of 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS Static Simulation Highlights

Who uses Static Simulation? SOLIDWORKS linear static stress analysis enables designers and engineers the power to validate their design quickly and efficiently. Validation is done within the SOLIDWORKS application utilizing a familiar user interface and eliminating the need to export data to another software package. Linear stress analysis no longer must be delegated as a post design process. The validation and design become a simultaneous process instead of sequential. What is Static Simulation? SOLIDWORKS Simulation uses finite element analysis (FEA) methods to determine the […]

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

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Noise Prediction – #SW2018 For many engineer’s noise intensity due to flow turbulence is a critical design criterion. Designers must consider noise output from industries as diverse as kitchen appliances, automotive, and defense. Unfortunately, not until recently, users could only interpolate a general sense of noise output by viewing turbulence plots. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2018, Flow simulation has new capabilities to show acoustic plots. The image below utilizes decibel (dB) units to display acoustic […]

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

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Plot Callouts – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS users have long been able to add callouts for maximum and minimum stress in SOLIDWORKS Simulation (FEA). Callouts point the user to the area with the max/min plot values without having to search for these extremes. In the past users lacked min/max callouts in SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation (CFD). Users had to resort to probing the plot in various locations and viewing a min/max table. The table shows the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018 Plastic injection molding is the most cost effect method to mass produce parts. But it represents a significant initial investment. For this reason, many mold designers use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to avoid costly rework. The mold process uses a multi-staged process: fill, pack, cool, and eject. This blog will focus on the new results plot available in the pack stage; density results at end of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics: Clamp Force in Machine Opening Direction – #SW2018

Plastic injection molding is the go to manufacturing method when plastic parts must be mass produced. However, these molds are precision machined and highly expensive both to create and rework. For this reason, many manufacturers utilize SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation to reduce mistakes and rework. SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides the results for many different parameters, one of which (clamp force), will be discussed in this blog. What is a clamp force? Plastic injection molding is the process of injecting molten plastic, under pressure, into a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load: Torque Vs Moment of Force

What is the difference between torque and moment of force? Depending on who you talk to you will get different and confusing answers. The truth is that moment of force (often known simply as moment) and torque are equivalent. Not so in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, though. We will investigate the differences between the two. I encountered a small issue with torque loads in simulation and after inspecting the help file I was still confused. I spent some time to clear up […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cosmetic Threads

Cosmetic Threads   Cosmetic threads can be a useful annotation to help manufacture parts. As a best practice, I always recommend using the Hole Wizard to create cosmetic threads it creates the correct hole size and adds the thread size automatically. All the geometric data that is required to create the desired hole is in a database that the Hole Wizard references. To access this data the only thing that is necessary is to select the standard (ISO, ANSI, etc) […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Simulation Load – Torque Vs Moment of Force

Simulation Load – Torque Vs Moment of Force   What is the difference between torque and moment of force? Depending on who you talk to, you will get different and confusing answers. The truth is that moment of force (often known simply as moment) and torque are equivalent. Not so in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, though. We will investigate the differences between the two.   I encountered a small issue with torque loads in simulation and after inspecting the help file, I […]

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