SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SIMULATION Contact Terminology Changes

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If you have read through the What’s New document for SOLIDWORKS 2021, I am sure you noticed the many updates and improvements listed for SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Blog title aside, if you think this is only about terminology changes, think again!  I can assure you nomenclature is only a part of what I will describe for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.  If you want to know more about this topic, start with my colleague Matt Sherak’s blog Understanding Contact Hierarchy in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  […]

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Adding Riser Components in Inspire Cast

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Inspire Cast by Altair is a comprehensive, fast, accurate and easy-to-use software for analyzing metal casting components. Inspire Cast can handle a variety of casting processes such as gravity sand, gravity die, investment, high pressure, low pressure die casting, and tilt pouring. By analyzing cast parts prior to the construction of any tooling or prototypes, users can improve the quality of their products and improve profitability by preventing predictable casting defects such as porosity and micro-porosity. Inspire Cast is extremely […]

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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast

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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast With the advent of additive and subtractive manufacturing, casting designers are now able to create casting cores quickly and easily. In this blog I will show you a great new feature of Altair Inspire Cast, where you can automatically create casting cores to streamline your casting design process. In this blog we are looking at a hitching mount part that will be gravity cast. The entire casting process can be simulated in […]

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How Do I Create a SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Project?

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How do I create a Flow Simulation analysis project? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Flow Simulation provides an understanding of fluid motion around or through your design. Flow Simulation contains a conjugate heat transfer solver, parametric optimization, rotating regions with sliding mesh, free surface capabilities and many other options. In this article we are going to focus on getting started in Flow Simulation, and the steps to take to ensure a successful analysis. First […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Physical Dynamics

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Do you remember when you modeled your fist assembly in SOLIDWORKS? The exciting and rewarding experience watching parts snap together as each mate is applied. Your smile may have quickly fleeted when you noticed the assembly motion has components overlapping. Why are these parts moving through each other? When you are working on your assembly, SOLIDWORKS is not constantly evaluating for collision or interference between the components. You must enable the tools for SOLIDWORKS to look for these scenarios. Interference […]

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How Would You Like a Bolt Sandwich from SOLIDWORKS?

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Bolted connections are used in many industries for a wide variety of applications.  Look around and you will see fasteners used in automobiles, furniture, appliances, electronics, medical devices, construction, and many other design applications.  If you have worked in Engineering and design long enough, chances are you have designed a non-permanent joint using fasteners.  Like me, you may have needed to solve a finite element model that included fasteners and get accurate results for design verification and validation activities.  I’m […]

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PolyNURBS and Simulation: A Big Step Towards the Future

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Today, it seems there are endless options for optimizing part geometry. Here at CATI we offer no less than 3 solutions that can accomplish just that; Topology study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, Tosca from SIMULIA, and Altair Inspire. All three of these are great tools, and each has their own merits. However, one of the main downsides to topology studies is that parts come out as a tessellated mess, like the one below: Uniquely, Altair Inspire not only performs topology […]

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Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 2

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, are a highly effective way for design engineers to create lightweight, optimized parts. Topology studies can be used to explore a variety of design iterations to satisfy an optimization goal, subject to a set of geometric constraints. Topology studies start with a maximum design space which represents the maximum allowable size for the component. The topology optimization then seeks a new distribution of material, within the boundaries of the maximum allowable geometry, considering all the […]

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Utilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation Color Options to Find Errors Quickly

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Utilize Simulation Color Options to Find Errors Quickly SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows engineers to simulate their designs prior to physical prototyping and helps engineers understand whether a part will fail or not. One of the common questions I receive from users of SOLIDWORKS Simulation is “how do I identify if my part is failing or not, and how do I identify problem areas in my part?” In this blog I am going to show three tips on how you can color […]

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