DESIGN ANALYSIS

SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Flow Simulation Goals, Flux Plot, Surface Parameters, and Probes

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2022 comes great updates to some key Flow Simulation features. The changes to these features, will make pre and post processing in Flow Simulation easier and quicker to do in SOLIDWORKS 2022. In this blog I will be highlighting these changes to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation for SOLIDWORKS 2022. Change 1: Equation Goal Plot Update SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has had a handy feature called equation goals, which allow the user to utilize input goals or mathematical […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Linkage Rod Connectors

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Included with SOLIDWORKS 2022 is a new kind of connector called a linkage rod. The linkage rod is a convenient way to connect components in your assembly without having to model physical geometry. Linkage rod connectors are available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium. To access this functionality, right click on your “Connections” folder in the Simulation study tree and then select “Linkage Rod”. At the top of the Property Manager are selection boxes for specifying geometry at each of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Cavity and Runner Layouts

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In the 2022 release of SOLIDWORKS Plastics additional flexibility has been introduced related to runner layouts. Specifically, we can now create planar and cyclic symmetric runners based on sketches or solid geometry. The Symmetry boundary condition is available with SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium. To demonstrate, I’ve created a Plastics project and defined the runner based on sketch entities as shown below. Now, if I need to simulate the simultaneous filling of two cavities, I can use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Scaling for High-Resolution Displays

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SOLIDWORKS is famous for enabling engineers to keep up with the pace of technology. This includes support for 4K and other high-resolution monitors as of a couple releases ago. Unfortunately, the CAD side of the SOLDIWORKS interface left behind the new SOLIDWORKS Plastics interface. But no more! In this blog, I will be reviewing side by side shots of SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021 and SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2022 at several resolutions to show how SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been upgraded to full 4K […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION – Blended Curvature-Based Mesher

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022, like we have seen in several prior releases, includes updates to the meshing algorithms.  Let’s face it.  When it comes to finite element analysis, “it’s all about the mesh”, as one of my co-workers often chides.  Digging in to new features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022, using the Blended Curvature-Based meshing algorithm, we can now apply a mesh control that has a larger element size than the global mesh settings.  This is an interesting change and, in my […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Plastics Manager Tree

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2022, comes a great new addition to the user interface of SOLIDWORKS Plastics. The Plastics Manager Design tree has been redesigned in SOLIDWORKS 2022 to provide a more streamlined and logical workflow for setting up SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation studies. In this blog I will be highlighting the changes to the SOLIDWORKS Plastics interface for SOLIDWORKS 2022. Change 1: Improved Tree Interface Changes The first major change to the Plastics Manager tree is improving the tree […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Plastics Injection Location Advisor

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Included with SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2022 is a tool called “Injection Location Advisor” that makes it easier to optimally position injection locations for plastic parts. The tool can be found in the PlasticsManager tree, under boundary conditions. The property manager looks like this when opened: You can adjust the number of injection locations (up to a maximum of 4) and the mold open direction. The software will automatically detect a plane for the mold open direction (in this case the top […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Simulation Bonding and Contact Architecture

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In this 2022 release of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation software code changes related to contact resulted in additional performance improvements. These are happening “behind the scenes”, but their effect is evident in faster solution times, especially for studies that use the FFEPlus iterative solver with a large percentage of nodes participating in bonded contact interactions. In summary, the code changes reduce the overhead by 1) removing duplicate degrees of freedom in the bonding and contact equations, 2) optimizing a parameter associated […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Flow Simulation Scenes and Compare Feature Improvements

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With every release of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation there are great improvements in capability, performance, and usability. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2022 is no different. Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorite enhancements this year: Scenes, and improvements to the Compare Feature. Scenes New in the SOLIDWORKS 2022 release is the ability to create pre-defined scenes while post-processing your SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation results. These scenes control model orientation, transparency, zoom, and displayed Flow Simulation plots. Below is a CATI […]

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Are you ready for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022?

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 is coming!  What does that mean for you and me?  Simple.  New features, functionality, User Interface changes, performance improvements, and possibly a whole host of other changes to SOLIDWORKS CAD, but also SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  As I write this, I am unfortunately not able to mention what’s coming.  You will find that content in several upcoming blogs written by me and several other of my Simulation colleagues by searching the Computer Aided Technology […]

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