SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018 Graphical plotting of results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has been enhanced. Now we can use either a vertical or horizontal orientation of the color bar. Also, the scale of values displayed can be shown as logarithmic. In the right-click menu on the color bar, you’ll find the option “Make Horizontal”. Also, notice the option to switch to a logarithmic scale. Here’s the result of switching to a horizontal orientation for […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load: Torque Vs Moment of Force

What is the difference between torque and moment of force? Depending on who you talk to you will get different and confusing answers. The truth is that moment of force (often known simply as moment) and torque are equivalent. Not so in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, though. We will investigate the differences between the two. I encountered a small issue with torque loads in simulation and after inspecting the help file I was still confused. I spent some time to clear up […]

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What temp is assumed when no temp is applied in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

For those of you who do thermal analysis on your designs, it’s important to know the behavior to avoid an incorrect boundary condition. This can be said for every analysis you conduct but this time I’m speaking of the default temperature. When performing a transient thermal study SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION asks that you apply an initial temp so that it knows which direction the energy is flowing. Most of us, including myself, are used to selecting faces when applying a load […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools and the Knuckleball, Part 2

To read ‘SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools and the Knuckleball, Part 1’, click THIS LINK.  In the first installment, I explained how I utilized SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to calculate and collect the drag, lift, and lateral forces acting on a baseball during a Knuckleball pitch. After gathering the aerodynamic forces acting on the baseball, I now focus on creating the Knuckleball pitch using SOLIDWORKS Motion.  I created a baseball field in SOLIDWORKS, complete with a pitcher’s mound and rubber, all the bases, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!

Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!   SOLIDWORKS functionality can make life easier when working with Simulation.  You probably know them well, so why not use those familiar functions to your advantage?  Let’s look at a few. Simulation-specific configurations Interference detection check for simulation-ready geometry Split lines for boundary condition application   Configurations   Editing the geometry before setting up a simulation is usually necessary. By setting up a new configuration for the analysis, changes made there won’t affect the original design. This allows […]

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SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation Contacts

One of the many misunderstood elements of correctly setting up a SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation study is the definition of solid body contacts.  We see and experience contact conditions every day and don’t give them a second thought.  When it comes to translating that wealth of experience into a computer model, many SOLIDWORKS Motion users initially get it wrong.  Hopefully these next few paragraphs will demystify SOLIDWORKS Motion contacts. The first scenario is quite simple and even new SOLIDWORKS Motion users […]

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Does This Really Work? 10-4 Tech Talk Webinar

This webinar addresses how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help engineers and designers gain insight into their designs before making a prototype. The webinar focuses on an As Seen On Tv design and determines whether or not the design works as advertised.  Using Flow Simulation the natural buoyancy of the the air is predicted inside the appetizer tray.  Will your vegetables stay cool?  Will your cheese melt? Find out in the webinar, and the Blog titled “Does This Really Work? Flow Puts To Test […]

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Why Would You Do That? Little Leaguers and Rocks.

My oldest has graduated from Tee-Ball to coach pitch Little League this year.  I also graduated from spectator to assistant coach.  The one consistent thing I noticed is that almost every kid (including my own), hit their aluminum baseball bats against something other than a baseball.  The dugout bench, steel backstop posts, rocks, cement, other bats, you name it. Every time I hear the clink, or see the impact I cringe.  I have found myself numerous times asking the kids […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Making Sense of Simulation Meshing- Part 2

Making Sense of Simulation Meshing- Part 2   Welcome to part 2 of the 3 part series about mesh considerations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. In part 1, we covered some high-level considerations and adaptive meshing. If you missed part 1, view it here. In this post we will discuss some mesh quality tools SOLIDWORKS Simulation has to offer. In the last post we will discuss different types of elements and meshes for Finite Element Analysis (FEA, FEM).   Moving on, knowing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools and the Knuckleball, Part 1

The summer season is getting kicked into gear and that means several things to baseball junkies. I’m not just talking about baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie either! The College World Series is underway in Omaha. Major League Baseball is in full swing. I get asked ‘does a curve ball really curve’. The usual early June fare! Wait! You didn’t know a curveball does curve on its way to home plate? You thought those pitch trackers showing the flight of […]

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