SOLIDWORKS Plastics: SP3 Additions and Improvements

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You might have missed the SOLIDWORKS Blog mentioning improvements that were quietly introduced into SOLIDWORKS Plastics with the launch of Service Pack 3.  Service pack 3 became available for download in early May 2019.  This SP included tutorials, updates to material properties, and solver improvements.  Hopefully, those three topics interest you enough to keep reading for the details! For SOLIDWORKS Plastics users, having access to tutorials helps us become familiar with the software and some of its capabilities faster.  The […]

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Calculation of Abnormal Springs with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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In mechanical applications, springs are very common. Anything from spaceships to consumer products is likely to have a spring in it somewhere. For most purposes, springs can be expressed mathematically with a “stiffness” value often denoted “K.” This stiffness is simply a relationship between the force needed to generate a specific displacement from the spring, Force= K * Displacement. When buying springs, usually the supplier or manufacturer will provide data about the spring’s stiffness value. However, the use of common […]

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Injection Locations: Two Ways to Apply

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Injection locations are a hot topic in our blog series including Make Your Mark on Injection Locations in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation, and SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Plastics Geometry Based Boundary Conditions. I wanted to expand on this topic yet again and discuss the difference between Geometry Based injection locations, and Mesh Dependent injection locations. Both Geometry Based, and Mesh Dependent injection locations do the same thing. The injection locations give the software a point of entry for the molten plastic […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Pressure opening explained

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Have you ever added boundary conditions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and wondered why there are 3 different pressure opening options? This blog is for you then! You will learn how the 3 different types (Environmental, Static, and Total Pressure) vary in use and will have a basic understanding of when to use each. What are these 3 types of pressure openings? Static and Total Pressure are measured quantities. Static pressure must be measured by a device that introduces no velocity […]

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Flow Simulation: Computational Domain Editing Part 1 – Symmetry

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As with any engineering analysis project, efficiency is very important. If you use SOLIDWORKS Simulation for your structural finite element analyses (FEA) studies, you are probably familiar with the symmetry boundary condition, which greatly reduces the size of the problem and the time to solve it. Flow Simulation has a similar capability, and it is just as important to leverage this functionality because the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method in use with Flow can take a while to solve for […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Material Properties

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How do you obtain the material property data utilized in your analysis work?  Do you only use the materials in the SOLIDWORKS Material Library?  Are you one of the many SOLIDWORKS Simulation users that believe SOLIDWORKS Corporation should provide several hundred more materials in the built-in material libraries?  To me, this is a serious question that I often debate with other SOLIDWORKS Simulation users.  How often?  As recently as a few days ago I was engaged in a slightly heated […]

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Weld Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Connector Series

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I have been asked a lot lately about how SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help with weld analysis. Welding is a crucial joining method in many designs. However, the actual welding process is quite complex as is the resulting material microstructure. The heat affected zones (HAZ) in welds are a big consideration, and SOLIDWORKS wrote a very good blog about approximating weld distortion due to the HAZ. In this blog, we are going to ignore that microstructure phenomenon and focus more on […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Verification. Verified!

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Verification that the software you use is doing what it is supposed to do is nothing new. We just may not know how to access this information. Like my colleague Kurt Kurtin who discussed the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Verification documents in his blog Simulation Verification – How Accurate are My Results, I wanted to make sure you knew where these verification documents are located for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The Flow Simulation verification documents are a little more hidden than the one […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Beam Joints

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SOLIDWORKS simulation allows users to take advantage of beam elements in order to simplify studies using structural members like pipes, angle iron, etc. We will begin by defining what a beam element is and then defining beam joints. Followed by showing a tip on how to create joints for structures with welding gaps. Finally, we’ll conclude by releasing degrees of freedom at the joints and observe the changes in a displacement plot. Beam definition In SOLIDWORKS Simulation there are 3 […]

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Simulation Verification – How Accurate are My Results?

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Do you need to provide documentation about the accuracy of the Simulation program to support a Quality Assurance (QA) process in your company? Or have you ever asked yourself; “How do I know I’m getting accurate results?” No need to guess or worry, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation team has provided verification problems with comparison to theory to support this need. To access the full list of these problems and open the model files associated with each, navigate within SOLIDWORKS to the […]

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