SOLIDWORKS Plastics and the Million Dollar Waffle

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Makers of waffle makers, I have a million-dollar idea for you.  Maybe even a billion-dollar idea!  Redesign your waffle makers to be more like an injection molding machine.  If you’ve stopped laughing and are willing to read on, I think you’ll agree.  Prepared waffle batter is the ultimate thermoset plastic resin.  The rough process is to fill the mold, close it, apply heat, pressure, and time to cure the resin, then eject the thermoset part from the mold.  Isn’t that […]

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How Do I Complete a Steady State Thermal Study?

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How do I complete a thermal FEA study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same 6 general steps. You can read more about these steps here: Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Thermal studies are no different. If you have found your way to this blog, chances are that you are interested in the thermal performance of your design. In today’s world, many of our designs can be subject to heat loads. Electrical components, radiant heat, […]

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“Under the hood” of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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The field of Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a sophisticated engineering discipline based on the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations that govern fluid flow, heat and mass transfer. CFD has a reputation for being extremely complicated and has typically been the domain of specialists, physicists and academics, using super computers. Typically, the quality of CFD results is greatly affected by the quality of the mesh and the attentiveness of the user to the pre-processing stage. Consequently, traditional CFD software codes […]

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How do I complete a frequency study with SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can learn more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study blog post. Frequency studies are no different. If you have landed on this blog it’s a safe bet you are interested in the natural frequency or resonant frequency of your design. Our designs are often subject to outside frequencies. Electric motors, rotating fan blades, rumble strips on the road, and wind loads are a […]

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3D Hydraulic Jump in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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In my previous blog, I showed an application of the free surface feature in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. For a 2D section of a spillway and flow over a weir, I showed how this feature can accurately predict the hydraulic jump. Well, 2D isn’t that exciting, is it? That’s why we love to use SOLIDWORKS in the first place! So I generated a 3D simulation and found impressive looking results while learning some new things along the way. Here’s the model […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: ‘Mesh creation failed’ Why Won’t my Part Mesh?

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A good mesh is key to any successful Finite Element Analysis and extracting accurate, valid results. So, what happens when all we get from the mesher in SOLIDWORKS Simulation is this? There are many reasons this message can appear, and my goal for this article is to provide some useful steps in identifying the source of mesh failure, provide insights into the operations of the mesh algorithm, and ultimately resolve the mesh failure. The first step is to check to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: What’s so Great About Event Based Motion?

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SOLIDWORKS Motion is a kinematics analysis software that is part of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages. SOLIDWORKS Motion is a virtual prototyping tool that helps you ensure your mechanisms perform as expected before building them. Motion is built on the ADAMS solver, an industry leader for over 25 years. Motion analysis is based on five main inputs, assembly mates, mass and inertia properties, applied loads, driving motors, and time. With the above setup motion provides kinematic results such as, velocities, accelerations, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: A Tesla Cybertruck Case Study (Part 2)

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In part 1 of this Blog article I investigated the drag characteristics of the Tesla Cybertruck and explored how symmetry boundary conditions can be used to speed up a flow analysis project in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. In part 2, I am going to demonstrate some of the nuances for correctly setting up a “Virtual Wind Tunnel” in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Before the widespread adoption of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), engineers who sought to explore the aerodynamics of different vehicle shapes […]

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43 Reasons to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020

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3DEXPERIENCE World is just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend 3DEXPERIENCE World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 43 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 43 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with 3DEXPERIENCE World, formerly SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS’ annual 3 day conference that you can join […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Linking Evaluator Results to Studies

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The 2020 release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation includes a new utility for study management. In a prior CATI blog, my colleague, Alon Finkelstein, introduced the Simulation Evaluator, which checks a study’s setup to determine if it will allow a successful simulation. He gave a great description of how the Evaluator verifies the results folder and material assignments and does a comparison of mesh/solid model volumes to ensure accuracy. I wondered about the usefulness of the “Results” section, and if I would […]

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