How to display part level simulation results in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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There will be a point when you have a cluttered assembly and viewing your SOLIDWORKS simulation results can be difficult. In the past I have resorted to hiding and showing certain parts just to get a good view of the stress or displacement results. This method can be tedious but effective. Let’s take a look at the process. In Figure 1 we have an assembly that has all its parts shown. Now if you want to show the stress results […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading in Spherical Coordinate Systems

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In previous posts “SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading“, and “SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading in Cylindrical Coordinate Systems” I showed how to apply boundary conditions based on Cartesian and cylindrical coordinate systems (CS). I varied the water pressure with depth on the walls of an aquarium in the first post. In the second, I varied the wind load on a horizontal storage tank. Let’s now look at nonuniform pressure loading using the third option, a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Result Plot Tips

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The SOLIDWORKS simulation solved successfully! It must’ve been setup correctly or else it would’ve given an error and, even better, my max stress is below yield! Next problem, please. Pump the brakes! Neither of the statements you just read are indicators of a successful stress study. When the study solves our job, as analysts, this is just beginning. We must analyze the results plots to confirm that the stresses we see are real and not stress singularities and we must […]

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SOLIDWOKS Simulation – Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading

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In a blog post from February, I enlisted the help of the Bluehead Fairy Wrasse to describe the importance of good meshing practices in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Now we’ll check the integrity of her new home, a 29-gallon aquarium, using the nonuniform pressure load available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to make sure the tank can withstand the stress of the water pressure. As you know, fluid pressure varies with depth, so using the default constant pressure would generate an unrealistic load. Figure […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Case Study: Stress concentrations occurring in places they shouldn’t or too high?

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA) results are dependent on model, material, and boundary conditions. However, the boundary conditions have the greatest effect on the results. The boundary conditions in SOLIDWORKS Simulation must reflect the conditions in the physical experiment. A good example is the scissor lift shown below (Figure 1). As we all know, scissor lifts are designed with legs that are collapse and expand. These “legs” are pinned together. If a load is placed on the lift, then the whole structure […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: Assembly Motion

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For many designers, figuring out how a product will move and interact with other moving parts in a system is integral to the design process. Being able to describe complex assembly motion in the virtual realm is critical to communicate technical information with other designers and customers. From simply demonstrating the way an assembly moves, to specifying a motor or analyzing collision stresses, SOLIDWORKS Motion Studies give us a number of tools to simulate and convey motion. Motion studies are […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Design Studies are for More than Mass Reduction

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Since the release of the Topology Study for SOLIDWORKS 2018, there have been a lot of questions as to the difference between a Topology Study and a Design Study since they are both used for mass reduction. Indeed, a Topology Study is used for mass reduction and in most cases, it is far better at it than a Design Study. However, a Design Study is capable of far more than simply mass reduction and in this blog, I would like […]

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SOLIDWORKS FloXpress

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FloXpress is a utility included with every level package of SOLIDWORKS. It can be used to determine fluid/air velocity in a system. Being an Xpress product, it has some limitations, namely that it can only have a single inlet and a single outlet point. It also won’t allow you to view an average velocity at the outlet, but you can view the velocity at various points within. Let’s say we want to view possible designs for a fluid offset. We […]

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Adding 3D Component Information

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Adding 3D Component Information in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Wondering what your panel layout looks like or deciding how to lay out components before ever turning a screw can quite the imagination exercise.  Fortunately for some of us, we have the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D add-in for our SOLIDWORKS software.  Components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic are represented by many different symbols as well as SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies.  Components that have manufacturers part definition assigned to them also have a corresponding 3D part […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018 In 2018, SOLIDWORKS has enhanced Treehouse for easier use. Some of these enhancements include a list view (similar to how files would appear in Pack & Go). The functionality still exists in the list view including opening and copying documents. Columns can be hidden in the list view as well. The list view does not show suppressed files and you cannot change the active configuration. In the tree view, you can […]

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