What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 & Top 10 Enhancents

The two most exciting times at SOLIDWORKS World for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 in Los Angeles they did the What’s New in 2019 a little different and split it up among the 3 days. Here is WHAT’S, hopefully, NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2019: Interference Detection in Multi-body parts!  (no […]

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A Tropical Fish and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing – What’s a fish got to do with FEA?

A Tropical Fish and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing – What’s a fish got to do with FEA? The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse, a tropical fish native to the western Atlantic Ocean, can be found near coral reefs in schools feeding on small organisms, acting as a cleanup crew for the reef. ( ref. Bluehead Wrasse – Wikipedia). I’ve enlisted the wrasse’s help in describing the importance of good meshing practices in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. As you will see, it’s all about the details […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Shell Mesh vs Solid Mesh

SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Shell Mesh vs Solid Mesh SOLIDWORKS Plastics is an injection molding add-in to SOLIDWORKS. Plastics comes in 3 levels, Standard, Professional, and Premium that are geared towards plastic part designers, mold designers, and analysts, respectively Some may say the most crucial part of any simulation is the mesh, and I would be keen to agree. SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers an automatic Solid and Shell meshing algorithm, in addition to more robust manual controls. When an automatic solid method is […]

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How to choose the correct time step in an impact analysis.

How to choose the correct time step in an impact analysis. When doing an impact test, time is the biggest concern. More specifically, the time increment you choose to analyze with. If you choose a time increment too large your study may fail to analyze, or if you choose a time increment too small it may take a very long time to compute and the results file size will also be extremely large. There are three rules you should follow […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Report Generation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Report Generation Need to quickly organize and publish results from SOLIDWORKS Simulation? Make use of the program’s report generation functionality, which publishes the information directly to Microsoft Word. First, set up the template to be used for all subsequent reports via the Simulation Options window, accessed via the Simulation pull down menu. There are unique templates for each study type. Sections are selected and edited during the report setup. You can uncheck the boxes that typically aren’t needed […]

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Vikram’s Coffee Conundrum

Vikram’s Coffee Conundrum Do you use creamer in your coffee? Most people do. Few know that the important thing to using creamer is the order in which you pour it in the mug. This was brought to my attention many years ago by a fellow Simulation Specialist Vikram Vedantham. Vik always put his creamer in the coffee cup first and then poured the coffee. When asked why he did this his replay was always “It’s a Flow Problem”, and then […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fatigue Analysis

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fatigue Analysis The process of progressive structural damage in a component subjected to alternating loading conditions that may lead to failure after a sufficient number of cycles accurately describes fatigue.  If you design products that need only to last for a single use, the rest of what you will read beyond this does not apply to you.  For those of us designing products that must last for multiple use cycles, even cycles into the tens of millions, fatigue […]

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Grilling with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional – Thermal Study

We all know it’s way too cold to cook burgers on the outdoor grill this time of year. For some, the grill might even be covered in snow! With the right seasonings, however, pan fried burgers will do just fine. But although I’ve got the timing down using the grill, I’m not sure how long to cook them in a pan to get a medium rare result. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional thermal study can help with that. So, grab a skillet, some spices […]

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Temperature in Linear Static Analysis

Temperature in Linear Static Analysis It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, and as a result, a lot of questions come in about SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies involving temperature considerations. It can be a bit confusing when looking at the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Matrix as to what package is best for your thermal analysis. When looking the SIMULATION modules, some may think that in order to do any sort of thermal analysis they need the SIMULATION Professional package that includes […]

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Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Highlights

Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Highlights Have you pushed your engineering simulations to the limit of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation product line? Do you need advanced capabilities like the analysis of large strain crash and impacts or tire hydroplaning prediction?   What about the need to understand the complex nonlinear behavior of woven composite laminate materials or large strain metal or plastic forming operations or metal fracture? If so, then the Dassault Systemes (DS) SIMULIA Portfolio is available to meet these needs and […]

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