Computer Aided Technology

How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS

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Today I want to talk about how to change the unit system in SOLIDWORKS. Before you can learn how to change the unit systems in SOLIDWORKS you should know how it stores and uses the unit system. If you want to skip past the background info and go straight to customizing or changing the unit system in SOLIDWORKS, click here. Access the unit system in SOLIDWORKS The unit system is stored in the System Options – Document Properties tab – […]

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Import your SOLIDWORKS Models to SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS

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Structural Performance Engineer and Structural Mechanics Engineer are two of the 3DEXPERIENCE Finite Element Analysis Roles. Both Roles are part of SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS, and offer advanced SIMULIA Solvers, Contacts, and Meshing capabilities. This article has been created to help document the most direct way of importing a SOLIDWORKS model into Structural Performance Engineer, or Structural Mechanics Engineer. Step 1: Open Structural Mechanics Engineer or Structural Performance Engineer Role. Choose Structural Scenario Creation, or Mechanical Scenario Creation App. Note Structural […]

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Step By Step, Multiple Sequential Loads in SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium has always been able to apply multiple loads in sequence if the model does not move position. This means cold forming operations generally could not be simulated using multiple dies. With the introduction of SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS now we can. Let us look at the setup for the model and the desired output. In this model we have a metal tube, and a die set (Stations 1 & 2). The intention is to press the tube into […]

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Slow Your Roll, Slow Rotating Regions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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If you have used SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, you will likely know that one of the best enhancements in recent years is the “Sliding Mesh” rotating region feature. This boundary condition is geared towards turbo machinery design, allowing the impeller/ rotating geometry to drive fluid flow. This technology is an advanced option for designing impellers, volutes, propellers or anything else you want to rotate in a fluid. As you might have noticed these applications rotate at a fast rate usually 100’s […]

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How Do I Create My First SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Surface Plot?

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If you want to learn how to load your Flow results and create your first cut plot check out the previous blog in the series “How do I View SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Results and Create My First Cut Plot?” With your Flow Simulation setup and solved the next task is to view and inspect the results. One plot that provides insight into your design is the Surface Plot. The Surface plot allows the user to see what is happening at […]

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How Do I Complete a Parametric Optimization in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a Parametric Optimization study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps here: Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Effort and time go into making a model parametric. From dimensions, to relationships, to in-context references, our models are built so they update properly when changes are made. Why not leverage that parametric data with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s parametric optimization starts […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS?

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How do I complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? A Fatigue study leverages existing analyses as Load Events. To start a Fatigue analysis typically a linear static analysis, or multiple linear static analyses are utilized as base studies. Verify that the base study, or studies, have a factor of safety greater than 1, usually 1.5 and up is a good rule of thumb for high cycle fatigue. Once the base study or studies are complete the next […]

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Create Multiple Balloon Sequences with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone is a great tool to aid in creating your inspection documentation when you do not have a SOLIDWORKS drawing, or access to SOLIDWORKS. For some, what you may lose in having direct access to the SOLIDWORKS file itself, you gain in flexibility of how you can customize the ballooned drawing. In this blog, we will go over one of those things: Sequencing. When ballooning a drawing, even a simple one, it may be necessary to have different […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Getting Started with Mold Tools

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SOLIDWORKS has thousands of tools and features that cater to all sorts of major industries. Sheet metal, machined parts, structural fabrication, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, medical…the list goes on. Another very important industry that we’ll get into is mold tooling. In this blog post, we are going to introduce the Mold Tool commands. We also have an upcoming webcast that will demonstrate how these tools can be used to accomplish the tasks required for mold tooling design. Accessing the mold […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Drop Test?

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How do I complete a drop test study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Drop test studies are no different. Many consumer products like cell phones, cameras, and other products are all subject to being dropped. I know I drop my phone more than I care to admit. SOLIDWORKS Simulation drop test is specifically tailored to […]

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