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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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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Submodeling in Simulation 2013

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Was it really last year that Vik wrote about Two Neat Additions  to Simulation in 2013?  How time flies!  For all its power, the addition of Submodeling studies for Simulation 2013 has seemingly gone unnoticed by our Simulation user base. In most cases, we are usually interested in the performance of a small portion of the model, maybe a part or two of the whole design.  In order to get to that area of interest, we need to analyze a […]

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Troubleshooting a Common Transient Thermal Study Error

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A great feature of Thermal studies with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional is the ability to utilize other thermal study results as an input for transient analysis.  This allows us, for instance, to analyze the response of a heating or cooling process on our components and assemblies.  This is done by editing the properties of the study, changing the study type to Transient, checking the box for ‘Initial temperatures from thermal study’ and choosing the appropriate study as an input.  (It is […]

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CATI Demo Gallery Update: SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3DVIA, EPDM, and Objet 3D Printer Videos

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The new CATI Demo Gallery is full of great videos on a variety of topics ranging from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to 3D Printing and everything in between. Highlights: SOLIDWORKS – 3D Design SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Analysis SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM – Data Management 3DVIA Composer – Product Documentation Objet 3D Printers – Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing >>Click here to view our videos   Jim TeDescoMarketingcomputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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