SOLIDWORKS – Incorrect Graphical Display Colors

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A particular graphical error has presented itself in the form of improperly displayed graphical analysis colors. Expected color analysis appears incorrect in the graphics display in several situations: Draft Analysis, Simulation mesh/result plots, and more. Red, yellow, green, blue, and variations of these colors used for graphical analysis can appear as the wrong color in some areas of the model. The problem can occur for one of two known reasons; the Background Appearance is set to Gradient and/or Enhanced Graphics […]

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Why SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS? 3D Experience Simulation and SPH Elements

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There are many reasons businesses have been shifting to the cloud over the last few years; flexible licensing schemes, data backups & security, downsizing internal IT overhead, the list goes on. All sorts of industries are moving in that direction, and design verification and simulation are no exceptions. Cloud based simulation benefits from all the items listed above, and more. Today, I would like to cover a feature that differentiates SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS on the 3D Experience Platform from SOLIDWORKS […]

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Slow Your Roll, Slow Rotating Regions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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If you have used SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, you will likely know that one of the best enhancements in recent years is the “Sliding Mesh” rotating region feature. This boundary condition is geared towards turbo machinery design, allowing the impeller/ rotating geometry to drive fluid flow. This technology is an advanced option for designing impellers, volutes, propellers or anything else you want to rotate in a fluid. As you might have noticed these applications rotate at a fast rate usually 100’s […]

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Insert Molding with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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What is the correct term – insert molding or insert overmolding?  I hear the terms used almost interchangeably in conversations about SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  I always ask the speaker for clarification.  The ask is not because I do not understand what both terms mean, I want to make sure that we are discussing the same thing.  Let’s clarify the terms so we can move forward with today’s blog.  Insert molding is the process of adding an insert, typically a metal component, […]

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Iterate Quicker in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation using the Parameter Editor

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an extremely powerful tool. Studies can be setup quickly and run efficiently and accurately. As a result of its ease of use, customers can iterate and solve a variety of scenarios quicker than if they were performing physical testing. In today’s blog, I will show you a great tip on how to iterate even quicker with the Parameter Editor tool in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation! One of the most common things I see customers do in SOLIDWORKS […]

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Tips and Tricks for Post Processing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation makes the process of setting up, solving and post-processing a simulation study easy and intuitive. In this blog I will share some of my favorite tips and tricks for the post processing stage. Tip #1: Start post processing with displacements not stresses When the SOLIDWORKS Simulation solver is complete, the results are automatically loaded into the results folder. Typically, the results folder will include default plots of von Mises stress, displacement and strain (in that order) and after […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Meshing – Global Manual Settings: Part 2

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This blog continues the quest to understand the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh settings in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation that I initiated in my first blog. The focus there was on the global automatic settings. I followed that with Part 1 of global manual settings. Here, I continue to describe other manual settings, specifically the Small Solid Feature and Curvature controls. As stated previously, the goal is to create an accurate mesh without an excessive cell count that will allow an […]

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What is the Next “Step” in 3DEXPERIENCE Simulation?

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As a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user for many years, the transition to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has been quite the adventure so far. The integration of the Abaqus technology has yielded a lot of new bells and whistles into our simulation portfolio. When it comes to simulation, great power comes with- well, steep learning curves. Today, I would like to demystify the elusive “Step” in a 3DEXPERIENCE SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS simulation. In Abaqus (the parent technology behind SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS), a step […]

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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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Tight Fit Option with Bolt Connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How often do you utilize a bolt connector in your analysis work?  Have you ever investigated the multitude of options available with this virtual connection?  If you have, how many of the options were intuitive?  In a prior blog, I wrote about the bolt series option to fasten more than two components.  In that article, I truncated the bottom portion of the Advanced Options section of the bolt connector property manager.  The full Advanced Options section is shown in Figure […]

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