Symmetry with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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If I told you that you could solve an analysis 75% faster, would you be interested?  I think so.  In several of my previous blogs, I have written about time-saving tools to utilize when working with SOLIDWORKS analysis products.  I plan on continuing this practice because knowledge is power!  Plus, if you’re able to analyze more iterations of your design, that will lead to better products for you and your customers! If you are a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user, I’m sure […]

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Horizontally Launched Projectiles with SOLIDWORKS Motion

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At a recent Evansville SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting, I presented a Hands-On session using SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation.  One of the exercises was to throw an object off a cliff.  It’s an interesting application for SOLIDWORKS Motion as many of the details for projectile motion can be calculated by hand.  I’m going to show you how I used SOLIDWORKS Motion to verify the hand calculations.  While I need to leave some of the details of that presentation out of this blog, […]

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Simulation Tech Tip: How to Load Results Faster and Reduce File Size for Nonlinear and Transient Studies (Results Options)

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Here’s a quick and simple tip for all multi step simulations , dynamic, non linear, drop  etc… You don’t have to keep ALL the data for EVERY solution step the solver takes.  The solvers will take smaller steps for convergence purposes and a solution may have hundreds of steps. For a large model this means large files and computational overhead (aka lag switching between studies. The good news is we may not need every piece of data for post processing […]

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CAD Simulations: Cooking a Turkey

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While I was deciding on an appropriate brine, rub and injection for this years Turkey I was curious how closely a quick and dirty simulation would come to the reality of my smoker out on the deck? So while I was waiting for the bird to thaw I started modeling one up.  Then, to calculate the fowl temperature versus time I used a 4 step process: 1. Gather Data and make Assumptions: – I’m assuming homogeneous thermal properties. – Assuming […]

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PLASTICS TECH TIP: Configuration Integration (with video)

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics gives you a little more flexibility than our other simulation tools with respect to simulation model management. In particular, you can choose if you want to link your simulations to your SOLIDWORKS CAD configurations. This is a handy way to manage multiple Plastics analyses but you only have to manage one CAD file. For example, if you have just run a plastics simulation and you want to change a gate location, material, or process setting you can copy […]

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Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

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New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part. With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example. Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”. The Boundary Condition auto […]

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Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

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New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part. With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example. Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”. The Boundary Condition auto […]

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Automatic Conversion of Toolbox Fasteners in Simulation 2014

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With each new release there are always a few additions to SOLIDWORKS Simulation that catch my eye.  This year’s 2014 release is no different. I’ll write about several of the enhancements over the coming months but I’m going to start with the conversion of Toolbox fasteners into Simulation connectors. Using connectors in Simulation allows us to replace physical components with virtual ones which will reduce the time required to solve the analysis.  In Simulation 2013 and prior, there are a […]

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Supersonic Ping Pong Balls

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Every now and again, there are interesting Engineering feats that catch my eye.  I think it happens to all of us when we’re in that Internet browsing haze (or looking for interesting topics to write about)!  While I played my fair share of ping pong during college, I can honestly say that my best forehand smash never resulted in breaking the sound barrier!  Enter the Purdue College of Technology, some motivated doctoral students and their Supersonic Ping Pong Gun! After […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 3

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Strategy 3: Maximize integration and automation Rooting out redundancy, duplication, and waste is the clarion call of effective CAD leadership. No single product development operation should be performed more than once, and no one should ever have to rebuild an existing model. Any time that design data has to be converted or translated creates opportunities for error. You can minimize the potential for costly errors and eliminate redundant processes by maximizing your use of integrated applications and leveraging automated approaches […]

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