FlowXpress Water and Air Flow for Free!

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SOLIDWORKS offers a wide range of Xpress tools for everyone to use.  FlowXpress is one of the SimulationXpress offerings.  FlowXpress is a unique tool for internal flow analysis.  FlowXpress allows for the two most common media, air and water.  The user can apply one inlet and outlet to the system.  A wizard tool helps guide the user through the setup and results. Before starting the system needs to be water tight and “lids” should be applied where necessary. A welcome […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Runner Optimization

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics contains many useful features like, sink detection, weld line locations, air trap prediction, and many more.  One of the best tools that Plastics professional offers is Optimized Runner Balancing.  What is Optimized Runner Balancing?  Let’s take a step back and talk about what SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation is and what it is used for. SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation is a manufacturability software that helps plastic part designers, plastic injection mold designers, and injection mold shops gain insight into the flow, […]

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Rocket Science is Easy! The Calculations

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As mentioned in “Rocket Science is Easy“(the previous blog in this series), a set of fundamental calculations need to be completed  before the rocket design can be finalized.  The calculations are the basis for the rocket’s stability and performance. The stability calculations will be addressed first, as they have a direct effect on the performance of the rocket. Stability Calculations Two variables directly affect the stability of a rocket, The Center of Pressure(Cp) and the Center of Gravity(Cg).  The relationship […]

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Why Simulation Standard Is A Big Deal!

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So why is Simulation Standard a big deal?  Simulation Standard is the entry level Simulation offering from SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard offers exceptional functionality for the cost. Because of this Simulation Standard becomes a big deal.   Let us back up a moment and talk about the Simulation offerings SOLIDWORKS offers leading up to Simulation Standard.  Every seat of SOLIDWORKS comes with SimulationXpress.  SimulationXpress is a tool that only allows a user to analyze individual parts, but limits the mesh, fixture, load and […]

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Take Control Of Your Mesh

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Do not let your mesh be too large or too small.  Take control of your mesh, and generate a mesh that is just right.  Finite Element Analysis inherently is mesh dependent due to the fact that the software is discretizing (dividing up) a continuous problem into a finite number of little problems.  If the user divides the problem up to coarsely the answer may be skewed.  If the user divides up the problem to fine the solve time goes up. […]

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EMS for SOLIDWORKS

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Bearing Bearings are devices which constrains the relative motion of a moving (rotating or translating) part. They also aid in reducing friction. When we think of a bearing we often think of only a mechanical bearing (see image) as it is the most commonly used type of bearing. Bearings have numerous applications in the field of machine design, automotive, transportation, oil & gas, medical apparatus etc. They are ubiquitous in any device that has motion. In this brief note, I […]

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Need to Know a Force but Only Have a Value for Displacement? No Problem.

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As engineers we face common force control problems throughout our design process. Designing a deck? We can calculate the dead load based on number of people, furniture, materials etc.. Designing a door handle? We can estimate the amount of force an adult would apply. Designing a fan blade?  We know the torque applied by the motor.  The above are examples of force applied problems.  We give the software the load (force, torque, pressure) and we receive insight into the stress, […]

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Keep your engineering New Year’s resolution. Slim down your designs with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional.

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It’s a new year and all of us have new year’s resolutions.  Let’s make your engineering resolution be to reduce the extra fat in your designs.  Whether it’s an existing product or a new concept, we engineers have a tendency to be very conservative. This leads to a “when in doubt make it stout” philosophy.  Keep your design on a path that is healthier, slimmer, and less costly.  SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional have the tools to help you […]

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Flow Simulation Header Transient Analysis

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In the previous blog “Flow Simulation and the 75 Dollar Question”  the differences between a stock, aftermarket short tube, and aftermarket long tube header were analyzed.  Flow Simulation was utilized to compare the headers and decide whether or not the long tube header was worth the extra 75 dollars.  The criteria used to evaluate the headers was total pressure drop.  A constant flow into all four runs and a pressure outlet was used to evaluate the over all pressure difference. […]

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Flow Simulation Header Transient Analysis

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In the previous blog “Flow Simulation and the 75 Dollar Question”  the differences between a stock, aftermarket short tube, and aftermarket long tube header were analyzed.  Flow Simulation was utilized to compare the headers and decide whether or not the long tube header was worth the extra 75 dollars.  The criteria used to evaluate the headers was total pressure drop.  A constant flow into all four runs and a pressure outlet was used to evaluate the over all pressure difference. […]

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