# How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

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, […]

# How Do I Complete a Buckling Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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 […]

# “Under the hood” of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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 […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Thick versus Thin Shell Elements.

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 […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Result Plot Tips – Part 2

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 […]

# Getting Started in Altair Inspire Cast

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 […]

# How Do I Complete A Transient Thermal Study in SOLIDWORKS?

How do I complete a transient thermal FEA 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. Thermal studies are no different. If you have found this blog, chances are you have already read my other blog that covers how to perform a steady-state thermal analysis. If you have not, I would suggest reading it first here. As a refresher, thermal […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Snap Fit Design and Optimization

Snap-fits are used now-a-days everywhere from remote controllers to pen caps and have many variations including cantilever, annular, and torsional snaps. They can be used to increase assembly speed and have the added benefit of less loose parts. Where do we start when a snap design is desired? For example, this is a mounting bracket for an electrical control panel: The 3 female connectors must be attached quickly for fast assembly but also need to be secure and able to […]

# How Do I Complete a Simulation Drop Test?

How do I complete a drop test study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Drop test studies are no different. Many consumer products like cell phones, cameras, and other products are all subject to being dropped. I know I drop my phone more than I care to admit. SOLIDWORKS Simulation drop test is specifically tailored to […]

# Particle Separation using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Particle separators are important devices used to clean industrial process air. One such device that uses inertial and gravitational forces as the separation mechanism is shown in simplified form below. The top view shows that the inlet introduces the flow in a direction that is tangent to the separator wall. In principle, as the flow is introduced, the inertia of the entrained particles makes them collect near the separator walls. Clean air collects in a vortex near the center of […]