SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All Simulation Standard is the entry level Simulation offering from SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard offers exceptional functionality for the cost, and can be added to a network or stand-alone seat of SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard includes the Static Linear Analysis offered in SOLIDWORKS Premium, and adds Fatigue Analyses and Trend Tracker. Let’s look at what comes with SOLIDWORKS Premium first. SOLIDWORKS Premium offers what I call the “Foundation of Simulation”.  With SOLIDWORKS Premium the user has access […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2018 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensor for Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensors for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018 The power of using design studies has just gotten larger. If you are ever looking to find the “best” design iteration, then you should be using design studies to get you there. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has put more options into sensors so that you can optimize to a variable and collect more information about your designs. The mass properties sensor can now track variables such as volume, surface […]

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

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Noise Prediction – #SW2018 For many engineer’s noise intensity due to flow turbulence is a critical design criterion. Designers must consider noise output from industries as diverse as kitchen appliances, automotive, and defense. Unfortunately, not until recently, users could only interpolate a general sense of noise output by viewing turbulence plots. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2018, Flow simulation has new capabilities to show acoustic plots. The image below utilizes decibel (dB) units to display acoustic […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Refinement For Stress Singularities – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Refinement For Stress Singularities – #SW2018 Stress Hot Spot Detection was added to SOLIDWORKS 2017. This diagnostic tool allowed the user to detect and understand where potential Hot Spot (large gradients from high to low stress) occur. These Hot Spots can be caused by several factors including poor mesh refinement, geometry issues like sharp edges, or a true high stress concentration. 2016 and before, the user was tasked with identifying these regions as artificial […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2018 introduces several new features to improve the quality of our plastic injection molding analysis and results evaluation.  Another of these new features is Temperature Criteria for Short Shots.  A short shot occurs when the injection mold cavity does not completely fill with plastic during the injection stage of the molding process.  While a short shot can occur due to several different reasons, this enhancement focuses […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Pin Connector – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Pin Connector – #SW2018 Those who have taken advantage of the various types of connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation know their value as a way to simplify studies while maintaining accuracy of the connector. Pin connectors are quite useful in this regard. Instead of modeling a simple pin or shaft and worrying about getting the mesh and connections correct, a user can simply tell Simulation to place a virtual Pin there instead. These […]

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

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Plot Callouts – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS users have long been able to add callouts for maximum and minimum stress in SOLIDWORKS Simulation (FEA). Callouts point the user to the area with the max/min plot values without having to search for these extremes. In the past users lacked min/max callouts in SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation (CFD). Users had to resort to probing the plot in various locations and viewing a min/max table. The table shows the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Export Deformed Geometry – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Export Deformed Geometry – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a manufacturability analysis tool, that provides the designer insight into the injection process of their part. Flow, Pack, Cool and Warp are at the designer’s fingertips giving an understanding of the entire injection molded process. One of the features that SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers is the ability to export deformed geometry. At the end of the injection mold process the part is released from the mold. Due to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Topology Study – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Topology Study – #SW2018 One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 is Topology Study.  Topology is essentially the space and shape that an object occupies.  When we are designing new products, if individual components are too large and occupy too much space it can limit our creativity.  Also, the larger the component becomes the more we are cost-penalized due to added material needs.  In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018, the Topology Study allows you […]

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