SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Making Contact Interactions

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Which contact interaction should I choose? SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fun and easy to use. But there are times when you may find that it can get confusing on what path to take when setting up the pre-processing stage of an analysis. One area that tends to stand out with SOLIDWORKS Simulation users is when you are setting up contact interactions with either multibody part files or assemblies for linear or non-linear static analysis. Contact interactions can get confusing on what […]

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Diagnosing Assembly Errors with MateXpert in SOLIDWORKS

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Have you ever opened a small or large SOLIDWORKS assembly that you or someone else created and to your surprise you see red and yellow all over the Feature Manager Design Tree? From there you’re probably asking yourself where you do you even start to address the issue(s) the assembly seems to be having. Well, hopefully after reading this blog you learn another great diagnostic tool on how to trouble shoot errors in your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. If we focus mainly […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Inspection

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is great application to use for your quality control teams inspection documentation needs. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 you now have better ways to leverage your inspection template file default locations, more customizable grids, the ability to open SOLIDWORKS parts with 3D annotations, and lastly you have better VDA balloon control in your ballooned drawings. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In: In SOLIDWORKS 2021 you can now go into your System Options and map your Inspection Project and Report templates […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Info in a Bill of Material

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In a recent support case, we were asked if sheet metal flat pattern info, specifically the flat pattern area, can be shown in a SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of material. After a little research it turns out that the answer is surprisingly yes and it’s not that difficult to achieve. So, you are probably asking yourself, “Where do you start?” Well, you first start by creating a drawing of your sheet metal assembly. See Figure 1 below. Next, we will add […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Design Study without using Simulation

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Have you ever asked yourself, while designing your parts or assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, what would be the most optimal design to minimize the weight or find where the volume is the least in your designs without the use of simulation? Maybe you are even looking for a way to gain insight into finding the relation between your dependent and independent design variables of your designs without using simulation. Well, guess what, SOLIDWORKS can help with that using a tool called […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Thick versus Thin Shell Elements.

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How often do you find yourself using SOLIDWORKS Simulation with shell elements and ask yourself, what in the world is the real difference between the Thin and Thick option in the Shell Definition property manager? Is it just simply saying to yourself, well the model I am running an analysis on looks pretty thin to me so let’s go with that or is there more to it? Hopefully, I got your attention now so let’s discuss what the Thick and […]

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