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

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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 […]

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

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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, […]

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43 Reasons to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Boundary Conditions and Linear Thermal Expansion (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this SOLIDWORKS Simulation blog, I demonstrated how improper boundary conditions led to incorrect analysis results with Linear Thermal Expansion – “garbage in, garbage out”.  Now let’s look at what was happening under the hood with my analysis when applying temperature boundary conditions to a linear static study. Recall that I initially identified an issue with my results when reviewing the resultant displacement plot (Figure 6 in the Part 1 blog).  I’m going to use a Thermal […]

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Generative Design Meets Additive Manufacturing

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Certain things in this world go together. Peanut butter and chocolate, pinball machines and arcades, and Jeeps and off-road. Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing are part of the great pairing’s hall of fame. We all know what Additive Manufacturing or, 3D Printing is. 3D Printing has become a household word over the last decade. 3D Printing creates something from nothing, layer after layer to print your part. Generative design, or Topology Optimization, is like 3D Printing; building the design before […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Boundary Conditions and Linear Thermal Expansion (Part 1)

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out”.  This applies to lots of things we encounter in life, including our analysis work.  What if you didn’t realize your input was faulty until you review your analysis results and find garbage out?  Would you be able to backtrack your steps and find where you made a mistake?  What if it wasn’t really a mistake, but a misunderstanding as to how a specific tool operates?  I’m going to show you […]

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Combining Flow Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium – The Duckbill Valve

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I am always looking for new and exciting ways to combine our great products to make something even better. In my line of work, one of the best combos is the unique marriage between the powerful FEA capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and the great CFD performance of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Together they allow a one-way CFD to FEA fluid-solid-interaction (or FSI). But does it stop there? I found a great example the other day that sparked my interest; the duckbill […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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