Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 1

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, 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 […]

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Design for Altitude with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2020

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Design for Altitude with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2020 As an engineer and a space enthusiast, I am deeply excited about the recent SpaceX Dragon launch. The Dragon launch was the first American based launch of NASA astronauts since 2011, and it will hopefully push NASA to consider more American based space launches for years to come! With that being said, the process to launch the Dragon spacecraft required multiple design iterations and validation to ensure a safe and effective launch. […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS?

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How do I complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? A Fatigue study leverages existing analyses as Load Events. To start a Fatigue analysis typically a linear static analysis, or multiple linear static analyses are utilized as base studies. Verify that the base study, or studies, have a factor of safety greater than 1, usually 1.5 and up is a good rule of thumb for high cycle fatigue. Once the base study or studies are complete the next […]

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How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

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How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?  Utilizing the analysis capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Plastics early in the product development cycle enables users to optimize the plastic injection molding process, create high quality parts, and reduce manufacturing costs.  A Fill study is the first analysis that users perform with SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  How the molten plastic resin is injected into a mold cavity depends upon multiple factors, such as injection pressure and temperature, part wall thickness, mold wall temperature, […]

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How Do I Complete a Buckling Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a Buckling study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same 6 general steps. You can read more about these steps here:  Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Buckling studies are no different. Let us cover the basics first. The purpose of a linear bucking study in SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION Professional is to find the load factor at which a structure will lose its compressive stiffness and collapse, causing failure. This is accomplished by calculating […]

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“Under the hood” of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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In Part 1 of this two-part blog I highlighted some of the main characteristics of SmartCells, the unique technology found ‘under the hood’ of SOLDWORKS Flow Simulation that provides for speed, accuracy and ease-of-use of the software. To recap, the five most important features are: SmartCells are Cartesian based meshes that are typically an order of magnitude smaller in size (i.e. cell count) than traditional CFD meshes while still providing the same level of resolution and accuracy SmartCells handle complex […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Thick versus Thin Shell Elements.

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How often do you find yourself using SOLIDWORKS Simulation with shell elements and ask yourself, what in the world is the real difference between the Thin and Thick option in the Shell Definition property manager? Is it just simply saying to yourself, well the model I am running an analysis on looks pretty thin to me so let’s go with that or is there more to it? Hopefully, I got your attention now so let’s discuss what the Thick and […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Result Plot Tips – Part 2

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In a previous CATI blog accessible here, several tips were presented related to post-processing SOLIDWORKS Simulation results. It featured stress plots on mixed mesh models, showed how to present results on selected entities, and highlighted the Stress Hot Spot Diagnostics tool to locate stress singularities. Here I will mention others that I use nearly every time I conduct an analysis. Controlling plot display via the color bar The image below shows the items that are available via right mouse button […]

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Getting Started in Altair Inspire Cast

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Altair Inspire Cast (formerly Click2Cast) software is a fast, easy, accurate and affordable casting simulation environment focused on creating high quality components with increased profitability through a highly intuitive user experience. The easy interface allows for both product designers as well as foundry engineers to execute and simulate casting scenarios. In this blog we are going to step through how to setup a basic gravity casting project in Inspire Cast. Step 1: Importing Geometry In our model we will be […]

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