Bill Reuss

Napkin Sketches, Hand Calculations and… SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Why do we Designers and Engineers resort to napkin sketches and hand calculations?  Some people would say it is because we are gluttons for punishment!  Other people might recognize that a napkin sketch is a great way to convey a new idea quickly.  Still others might voice an opinion that hand calculations provide quick insight into performance.  Whatever your reason for resorting to a napkin sketch or hand calculation is, I say keep doing it!  What do either of these […]

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Give Cyclic Symmetry a Spin in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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If I told you that it was possible to make your analysis solve faster, would you be interested?  You absolutely should be!  Faster solve times allow you to analyze more iterations and make better informed decisions to improve your designs.  Today I am going to explain how to use another method of reducing your finite element model using Cyclic Symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Hopefully you are familiar with using a symmetry boundary condition in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Symmetry allows you to […]

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Insert Molding with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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What is the correct term – insert molding or insert overmolding?  I hear the terms used almost interchangeably in conversations about SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  I always ask the speaker for clarification.  The ask is not because I do not understand what both terms mean, I want to make sure that we are discussing the same thing.  Let’s clarify the terms so we can move forward with today’s blog.  Insert molding is the process of adding an insert, typically a metal component, […]

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Tight Fit Option with Bolt Connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How often do you utilize a bolt connector in your analysis work?  Have you ever investigated the multitude of options available with this virtual connection?  If you have, how many of the options were intuitive?  In a prior blog, I wrote about the bolt series option to fasten more than two components.  In that article, I truncated the bottom portion of the Advanced Options section of the bolt connector property manager.  The full Advanced Options section is shown in Figure […]

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How many ways can I simplify an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Imagine the following machine design scenario.  I am tasked with generating early validation data for a machine that flips barrels from one conveyor to another.  The barrel is constructed of American Oak wood staves that are charred, then filled with liquid that will be stored for a very long time.  Years, in fact, if done correctly!  The machine will flip the barrel from one side to the other in three seconds.  Finally, the mass of the barrel and contents are […]

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Can SOLIDWORKS Simulation help my driver shaft find its spine?

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All things considered; I would rather be playing golf.  I have played in temperatures hovering near 110 Fahrenheit in the shade, when it was snowing, in tornado warnings, and in monsoons.  To non-golfers, this is often viewed as a form of psychosis.  To golfers, it is par for the course!  These days I do not get to play as much golf as I would like, but that does not stop me from planning my next round.  It also does not […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tutorial Validating Injection Molding Process

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A question that my colleagues and I are often asked is ‘how accurate are the results from <insert simulation product name here>?’.  You might think that is an easy answer.  In some instances, it absolutely is.  To me, the better question is ‘if I set up my study/project correctly, can I trust the results’.  That gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to analysis.  If we are going to design better products by utilizing analysis tools, the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Multi-Material Overmolding Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings many changes and enhancements to our injection molding analysis work.  I recommend you start with a blog written by my colleague, Drew Buchanan, SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree.  Like the SOLIDWORKS Plastics user interface, the process for performing multi-material injection overmolding has been revamped in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.  Let’s take a look at comparing the old and the new process for setting up a multi-material overmolding SOLIDWORKS Plastics study. Multi-material overmolding analysis requires a license of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SIMULATION Contact Terminology Changes

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If you have read through the What’s New document for SOLIDWORKS 2021, I am sure you noticed the many updates and improvements listed for SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Blog title aside, if you think this is only about terminology changes, think again!  I can assure you nomenclature is only a part of what I will describe for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.  If you want to know more about this topic, start with my colleague Matt Sherak’s blog Understanding Contact Hierarchy in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  […]

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How Would You Like a Bolt Sandwich from SOLIDWORKS?

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Bolted connections are used in many industries for a wide variety of applications.  Look around and you will see fasteners used in automobiles, furniture, appliances, electronics, medical devices, construction, and many other design applications.  If you have worked in Engineering and design long enough, chances are you have designed a non-permanent joint using fasteners.  Like me, you may have needed to solve a finite element model that included fasteners and get accurate results for design verification and validation activities.  I’m […]

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