How Would You Like a Bolt Sandwich from SOLIDWORKS?

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Bolted connections are used in many industries for a wide variety of applications.  Look around and you will see fasteners used in automobiles, furniture, appliances, electronics, medical devices, construction, and many other design applications.  If you have worked in Engineering and design long enough, chances are you have designed a non-permanent joint using fasteners.  Like me, you may have needed to solve a finite element model that included fasteners and get accurate results for design verification and validation activities.  I’m […]

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Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 2

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, 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 allowable geometry, considering all the […]

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Utilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation Color Options to Find Errors Quickly

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Utilize Simulation Color Options to Find Errors Quickly SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows engineers to simulate their designs prior to physical prototyping and helps engineers understand whether a part will fail or not. One of the common questions I receive from users of SOLIDWORKS Simulation is “how do I identify if my part is failing or not, and how do I identify problem areas in my part?” In this blog I am going to show three tips on how you can color […]

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How Do I Complete a Parametric Optimization in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a Parametric Optimization study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps here: Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Effort and time go into making a model parametric. From dimensions, to relationships, to in-context references, our models are built so they update properly when changes are made. Why not leverage that parametric data with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s parametric optimization starts […]

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How Do I Complete a Nonlinear Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a nonlinear study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps here:  Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Nonlinear studies are no different, there are just a few extra bells and whistles to watch out for. Let’s cover the basics. Nonlinear studies are appropriate whenever the structural stiffness of the model or the model’s boundary conditions change throughout the simulation. Some common reasons to […]

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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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