How Big of a Strut? Motion Has Us Covered.

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One of the benefits of being the engineer in a group of friends is that you get to help with all your friends’ projects. The same friend who I helped design a Trebuchet found in this 4 part blog series asked me to help create a concealment flag. A concealment flag is basically a lock box that looks like wall art. These are used to hide several things including candy from kids. The box will have an RFID lock on the […]

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How Do I Create My First SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Surface Plot?

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If you want to learn how to load your Flow results and create your first cut plot check out the previous blog in the series “How do I View SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Results and Create My First Cut Plot?” With your Flow Simulation setup and solved the next task is to view and inspect the results. One plot that provides insight into your design is the Surface Plot. The Surface plot allows the user to see what is happening at […]

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow results and create my first cut plot?

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Results and Create My First Cut Plot? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Flow Simulation provides an understanding of fluid motion around or through your design. For an understanding of how to create and solve a Flow Simulation study please see the accompanying blog “How do I create a Flow Simulation analysis project?”. Once your study is created and run the next step is to interrogate the results. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Material Library Updates

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has introduced several new enhancements this year for 2021. Year over Year SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been adapted to behave more like SOLIDWORKS Simulation including familiar workflows and interface. This year has marked the apex of these changes making the interface different than before but familiar at the same time. This blog will be covering the Material Database changes to Plastics, but you can read about the additional changes in the blogs listed below. Plastics Redesigned Manager Tree Plastics […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Bonded Formulation

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Simulation has introduced several new enhancements this year for SOLIDWORKS 2021. One of these enhancements gets a name change and additional functionality. Formerly known as a Bonded Contact, the new and improved Bonded Interaction makes setting up your model quicker than ever before. Bonded Interaction Enhancements The new Bonded Interaction improves the accuracy and simplifies the setup of Static, Frequency, and Buckling analysis. All new algorithms for 2021 mesh bodies independently and allow for Bonded Interaction improvement. Let’s look at […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – FLOW SIMULATION Top Enhancements

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Flow Simulation provides functional and innovative enhancements. 2021 is no different. These are the top enhancements in Flow Simulation 2021. Free Surface – Sliding Mesh combination Free Surface is the ability to analyze two immiscible fluids such as but not limited to air and water, or oil and water. Free Surface helps analyze partially filled tanks, fluid surface interaction with an object. Think hull of a boat and other examples. Sliding Mesh is the ability to rotate geometry in order […]

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How Do I Create a SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Project?

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How do I create a Flow Simulation analysis project? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Flow Simulation provides an understanding of fluid motion around or through your design. Flow Simulation contains a conjugate heat transfer solver, parametric optimization, rotating regions with sliding mesh, free surface capabilities and many other options. In this article we are going to focus on getting started in Flow Simulation, and the steps to take to ensure a successful analysis. First […]

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How Do I Complete a Parametric Optimization in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a Parametric Optimization study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps here: Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Effort and time go into making a model parametric. From dimensions, to relationships, to in-context references, our models are built so they update properly when changes are made. Why not leverage that parametric data with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s parametric optimization starts […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS?

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How do I complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? A Fatigue study leverages existing analyses as Load Events. To start a Fatigue analysis typically a linear static analysis, or multiple linear static analyses are utilized as base studies. Verify that the base study, or studies, have a factor of safety greater than 1, usually 1.5 and up is a good rule of thumb for high cycle fatigue. Once the base study or studies are complete the next […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Drop Test?

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How do I complete a drop test study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Drop test studies are no different. Many consumer products like cell phones, cameras, and other products are all subject to being dropped. I know I drop my phone more than I care to admit. SOLIDWORKS Simulation drop test is specifically tailored to […]

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