SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS- So Excited I Dropped my phone!

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really enjoyed 3D Experience World 2021 a couple weeks ago (by time of posting). There were so many great presentations from SOLIDWORKS and 3D Experience users and VARs from all over the world. I for one was most excited when I learned that many of the 3D Experience apps can be opened and viewed directly via your smartphone! That’s all I needed, another reason to be on my phone all […]

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AMD vs. Intel — Is It Time for Abaqus Users to Switch?

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The Situation AMD just announced the upcoming generation of Zen 3-based EPYC processors at CES 2021, and if you’ve built a computer recently, either for yourself or your business, you’ve probably had to answer the question — am I going Intel or AMD? For a number of years, Intel has been the clear answer, so much so that science and engineering software like Abaqus may partially rely on Intel-specific technology. You may not even find AMD in your vendor’s list […]

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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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Modeling fans in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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There are a few ways to model fans or impellers in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The most accurate method involves modeling the actual fan/impeller blades and solving the study as a sliding mesh (rotating reference frame) problem. In this type of analysis, the mesh moves from one time-step to the next. This is a transient analysis and consumes a considerable amount of computational resource, typically resulting in exceedingly long solution times. This type of analysis is recommended for fan manufacturers who […]

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How many ways can I simplify an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Imagine the following machine design scenario.  I am tasked with generating early validation data for a machine that flips barrels from one conveyor to another.  The barrel is constructed of American Oak wood staves that are charred, then filled with liquid that will be stored for a very long time.  Years, in fact, if done correctly!  The machine will flip the barrel from one side to the other in three seconds.  Finally, the mass of the barrel and contents are […]

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Can SOLIDWORKS Simulation help my driver shaft find its spine?

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All things considered; I would rather be playing golf.  I have played in temperatures hovering near 110 Fahrenheit in the shade, when it was snowing, in tornado warnings, and in monsoons.  To non-golfers, this is often viewed as a form of psychosis.  To golfers, it is par for the course!  These days I do not get to play as much golf as I would like, but that does not stop me from planning my next round.  It also does not […]

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Three Tips to Decrease Solve time in Altair Inspire Cast

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Three Tips to Decrease Solve time in Altair Inspire Cast Altair Inspire Cast (formerly Click2Cast) software is a fast, easy, accurate and affordable casting simulation environment focused on creating high quality components with increased profitability through an intuitive user experience. The easy interface allows for both product designers as well as foundry engineers to execute and simulate casting scenarios. One of the most common questions I receive from customers, is how to reduce casting simulation solve time. In this blog, […]

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2D Meshing with Altair

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2D meshing of components with varying thickness using the new direct Midmesh tool in HyperMesh and HyperWorks 2D meshing of components with varying thicknesses such as castings, injection moldings and extrusions have always been a challenge due to their complicated features and varying thicknesses. The mid-surface extraction tool in HyperMesh does a great job for components with uniform thickness, but for those with varying thicknesses there are lots of challenges. The traditional approach of meshing these parts in HyperMesh is, […]

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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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