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 […]

How Do I Complete a Steady State Thermal Study?

How do I complete a 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 your way to this blog, chances are that you are interested in the thermal performance of your design. In today’s world, many of our designs can be subject to heat loads. Electrical components, radiant heat, […]

How do I complete a frequency study with SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can learn more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study blog post. Frequency studies are no different. If you have landed on this blog it’s a safe bet you are interested in the natural frequency or resonant frequency of your design. Our designs are often subject to outside frequencies. Electric motors, rotating fan blades, rumble strips on the road, and wind loads are a […]

3D Hydraulic Jump in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

In my previous blog, I showed an application of the free surface feature in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. For a 2D section of a spillway and flow over a weir, I showed how this feature can accurately predict the hydraulic jump. Well, 2D isn’t that exciting, is it? That’s why we love to use SOLIDWORKS in the first place! So I generated a 3D simulation and found impressive looking results while learning some new things along the way. Here’s the model […]

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: ‘Mesh creation failed’ Why Won’t my Part Mesh?

A good mesh is key to any successful Finite Element Analysis and extracting accurate, valid results. So, what happens when all we get from the mesher in SOLIDWORKS Simulation is this? There are many reasons this message can appear, and my goal for this article is to provide some useful steps in identifying the source of mesh failure, provide insights into the operations of the mesh algorithm, and ultimately resolve the mesh failure. The first step is to check to […]

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: What’s so Great About Event Based Motion?

SOLIDWORKS Motion is a kinematics analysis software that is part of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages. SOLIDWORKS Motion is a virtual prototyping tool that helps you ensure your mechanisms perform as expected before building them. Motion is built on the ADAMS solver, an industry leader for over 25 years. Motion analysis is based on five main inputs, assembly mates, mass and inertia properties, applied loads, driving motors, and time. With the above setup motion provides kinematic results such as, velocities, accelerations, […]

43 Reasons to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020

3DEXPERIENCE World is just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend 3DEXPERIENCE World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 43 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 43 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with 3DEXPERIENCE World, formerly SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS’ annual 3 day conference that you can join […]