SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Shell Mesh vs Solid Mesh

SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Shell Mesh vs Solid Mesh SOLIDWORKS Plastics is an injection molding add-in to SOLIDWORKS. Plastics comes in 3 levels, Standard, Professional, and Premium that are geared towards plastic part designers, mold designers, and analysts, respectively Some may say the most crucial part of any simulation is the mesh, and I would be keen to agree. SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers an automatic Solid and Shell meshing algorithm, in addition to more robust manual controls. When an automatic solid method is […]

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Temperature in Linear Static Analysis

Temperature in Linear Static Analysis It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, and as a result, a lot of questions come in about SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies involving temperature considerations. It can be a bit confusing when looking at the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Matrix as to what package is best for your thermal analysis. When looking the SIMULATION modules, some may think that in order to do any sort of thermal analysis they need the SIMULATION Professional package that includes […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: A Discussion

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: A Discussion As a simulation engineer, the question often comes up as to why one would need to move into a higher-level analysis such as Nonlinear and/or Dynamics. The goal for this blog is to cover why one would move into a Premium level study and give a high-level overview of the capabilities included in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium includes a lot of added capability and is the cream of the crop for Simulation capabilities available […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Pin Connector – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Pin Connector – #SW2018 Those who have taken advantage of the various types of connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation know their value as a way to simplify studies while maintaining accuracy of the connector. Pin connectors are quite useful in this regard. Instead of modeling a simple pin or shaft and worrying about getting the mesh and connections correct, a user can simply tell Simulation to place a virtual Pin there instead. These […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Factor of Safety Plot for Nonlinear Static Studies– #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Factor of Safety Plot for Nonlinear Static Studies– #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS is practically obsessed with adding new features to make the software more capable and a better tool for you, the user. Today we are going to talk about a much-requested tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. In particular, this is an improvement to the Nonlinear Static simulation capabilities. For many years, a typical Linear Static study has allowed the user to define a factor of safety plot […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SIMULATION-Import Study Features into Assemblies – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SIMULATION-Import Study Features into Assemblies – #SW2018 It’s time for some more great improvements to SOLIDWORKS Simulation capabilities! In this blog we will cover another great time saving improvement in the SOLIDWORKS 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Imagine for a minute spending the time and effort setting up a study on a single part or sub-assembly only to find out that you need to copy the same setup when you put that part or sub-assembly […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Analysis Email Notifications– #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Analysis Email Notifications– #SW2018 It’s that time again for some new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018! The 2018 release is packed full of great features that can save you time, money and be more productive. Today, we are going to look at a new productivity tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This functionality allows the solution phase of your simulation to be totally unsupervised by notifying you via email various details about your current study. No […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Making Sense of Simulation Meshing- Part 3

Making Sense of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing- Part 3 Welcome to part 3 of my 3-part series about meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA tool. In Simulation Meshing Part One, we covered some high-level considerations of meshing. In Simulation Meshing Part Two, we talked about tools for querying the quality of your FEA mesh. In part three, we will talk about the different meshing algorithms that SOLIDWORKS Simulation has to offer. Below is a screenshot of the meshing property manager inside of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Making Sense of Simulation Meshing- Part 2

Making Sense of Simulation Meshing- Part 2   Welcome to part 2 of the 3 part series about mesh considerations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. In part 1, we covered some high-level considerations and adaptive meshing. If you missed part 1, view it here. In this post we will discuss some mesh quality tools SOLIDWORKS Simulation has to offer. In the last post we will discuss different types of elements and meshes for Finite Element Analysis (FEA, FEM).   Moving on, knowing […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Making Sense of Simulation Meshing – Part 1

Making Sense of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing – Part 1   As an Application Engineer specializing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, I often get asked, “How do I know if I have a good mesh?” The simple answer is, it’s not so simple. This is the first blog in a 3 part series that I will be posting about meshing. In this blog we will discuss meshing considerations for study types and purposes as well as mesh convergence considerations. The next two blogs in […]

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