SOLIDWORKS TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: Assembly Motion

For many designers, figuring out how a product will move and interact with other moving parts in a system is integral to the design process. Being able to describe complex assembly motion in the virtual realm is critical to communicate technical information with other designers and customers. From simply demonstrating the way an assembly moves, to specifying a motor or analyzing collision stresses, SOLIDWORKS Motion Studies give us a number of tools to simulate and convey motion. Motion studies are […]

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Creating 3D Free Surface SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Output

How well do you know your Property Managers in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation or SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Do you really pay attention to all the buttons and options that you can use for any specific feature? Chances are, if you’re like me, you looked at all the bells and whistles the first time or two and then quickly forgot about each available option. We tend to learn exactly what we need to know, get good at that, and move on. Which brings […]

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Result Comparison Tools in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Flow Simulation

Do you need an easy way to compare results when running multiple studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation or multiple projects in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Both programs have great functionality for this. I’ll show you how to access each in this Simulation blog. Let’s look at SOLIDWORKS Simulation first. Introduced in the 2014 release, the “Compare Results” tool allows a side-by-side look at up to four result plots associated with different configurations of the same model. The disk spring shown below is […]

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Take Advantage of SOLIDWORKS FREE Tools – SimXpress

SimulationXpress provides entry level FEA, giving you the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts. You can quickly determine effects of force and pressure to generate reports to document results. Benefits of Using SimulationXpress: Provides entry level FEA Excellent first step and fast initial design check tool Gives you a quick approximation and estimate of your design Helping you predict how a part will perform under load Helps detect potential problems early in the design phase Easy to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Admin Portal & Online Licensing

Now you can easily manage your SOLIDWORKS licenses through this cloud-based management service. You must have internet access to sign in and use online licensing. NOTE: You must have a SOLIDWORKS ID and a ‘MySolidWorks’ Guest, Standard, or Professional account to access the Admin Portal. Administrators can easily monitor the following: View all their SOLIDWORKS licenses Admin can deactivate or activate member’s licenses Admin can deactivate or activate member’s licenses Can set member’s product activation type from Machine Activation to […]

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SIMULATION: Resolve Contact Set for Bodies That Overlap

Have you ever seen bodies pass through each other in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? You cannot always easily observe overlapping behavior. This depends on if deformed result display is used and, if so, which deformation scale is selected. In the example below I created a multi-body part, fixed the 2 rectangular parts in place, and added a horizontal load at the end of the L-shaped part. I bonded the smaller rectangle body which acts as the support for the L-shaped body. To […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Design Studies are for More than Mass Reduction

Since the release of the Topology Study for SOLIDWORKS 2018, there have been a lot of questions as to the difference between a Topology Study and a Design Study since they are both used for mass reduction. Indeed, a Topology Study is used for mass reduction and in most cases, it is far better at it than a Design Study. However, a Design Study is capable of far more than simply mass reduction and in this blog, I would like […]

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What can you get from a topology study in SOLIDWORKS 2018?

As an engineer you can understand that there can be a multitude of solutions when creating machined or casted metal parts. One of the most difficult part of engineering these parts would be to start with a shape that not only looks good but can also serve to provide the most rigidity and least weight. Topology studies can show you the best shape to start with! Let’s work with this single body bridge, that is simply supported. Before you we […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options – Do Not Overlook Them

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options – Do Not Overlook Them SOLIDWORKS Simulation options are often overlooked. After a fresh install I spent the better part of a month modifying individual Simulation Plots. This burned up valuable time that I could have been using to analyze the results and make design decisions. Let’s look at a few simple Simulation options that will save you time. How many of you have looked at a result plot and asked yourself why are the stress units […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – Which will fill first?

Now that SOLIDWORKS 2018 has been released for a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to look through many of the new features. My primary interests are the new features and functionality included in the Simulation suite of products. When our Technical Team was writing about many of the new features in 2018, more than a few piqued my interest. One specific enhancement for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation really piqued my interest to investigate further. I found an interesting model to […]

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