SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Export to Mesh Body – #SW2019

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Last year SOLIDWORKS 2018 and SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced two incredible features, the ability to work with Mesh Bodies and Topology Study. Mesh bodies are BREP, or Boundary Representation, bodies made up of facets, much like what we see when exporting an STL file. Topology Study allows us to utilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation to determine the best shape possible to meet our optimization goals and geometric constraints. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, these two features have been improved upon allowing us to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Hand Calculations

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Recently, I was discussing the use of hand calculations in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with one of our customers. His belief is that hand calculations are a waste of time, that they are never accurate enough to represent what he designs. Simply put, how can an equation referencing material properties, geometric characteristics, or section properties needed in many structural analysis calculations represent the complex designs he creates today. That is a strong and fair argument that I cannot […]

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Selection Sets and SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How many left mouse button (LMB) clicks does it take to complete a task? More specifically, how many left clicks does it take to select all the faces, edges, components, and similar that you need when setting up a feature in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? I’m sure you would agree that the more complex the analysis, the more button clicks required. Are you taking advantage of the available tools to reduce your LMB clicks and save time? If you are not currently […]

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Automatically Find Contact Sets in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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If you are doing more with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) than just analyzing single, continuous volume parts, you need to pay attention to the contact conditions in your Finite Element Model. For SOLIDWORKS Simulation users working with assemblies, a frequent complaint I hear is how much time it can take to set up all the necessary contact conditions. For a Finite Element Model to mimic reality, proper contacts are essential. While I will not disagree that getting everything set up […]

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Creating 3D Free Surface SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Output

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How well do you know your Property Managers in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation or SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Do you really pay attention to all the buttons and options that you can use for any specific feature? Chances are, if you’re like me, you looked at all the bells and whistles the first time or two and then quickly forgot about each available option. We tend to learn exactly what we need to know, get good at that, and move on. Which brings […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – Which will fill first?

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Now that SOLIDWORKS 2018 has been released for a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to look through many of the new features. My primary interests are the new features and functionality included in the Simulation suite of products. When our Technical Team was writing about many of the new features in 2018, more than a few piqued my interest. One specific enhancement for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation really piqued my interest to investigate further. I found an interesting model to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fatigue Analysis

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fatigue Analysis The process of progressive structural damage in a component subjected to alternating loading conditions that may lead to failure after a sufficient number of cycles accurately describes fatigue.  If you design products that need only to last for a single use, the rest of what you will read beyond this does not apply to you.  For those of us designing products that must last for multiple use cycles, even cycles into the tens of millions, fatigue […]

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Why SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

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Why SOLIDWORKS Plastics? Injection molded plastic products are all around us.  Most of us don’t pay attention to things like this, so here is a simple example.  As I write this sitting at my work desk, within arm’s length are the following items that I know have injection molded plastic parts: android smartphone housing and protective case, several components of the laptop like the housing, the keyboard keys, and the LCD screen bezel, the body of the webcam, the secondary […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2018 introduces several new features to improve the quality of our plastic injection molding analysis and results evaluation.  Another of these new features is Temperature Criteria for Short Shots.  A short shot occurs when the injection mold cavity does not completely fill with plastic during the injection stage of the molding process.  While a short shot can occur due to several different reasons, this enhancement focuses […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Topology Study – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Topology Study – #SW2018 One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 is Topology Study.  Topology is essentially the space and shape that an object occupies.  When we are designing new products, if individual components are too large and occupy too much space it can limit our creativity.  Also, the larger the component becomes the more we are cost-penalized due to added material needs.  In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018, the Topology Study allows you […]

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