SOLIDWORKS Plastics: SP3 Additions and Improvements

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You might have missed the SOLIDWORKS Blog mentioning improvements that were quietly introduced into SOLIDWORKS Plastics with the launch of Service Pack 3.  Service pack 3 became available for download in early May 2019.  This SP included tutorials, updates to material properties, and solver improvements.  Hopefully, those three topics interest you enough to keep reading for the details! For SOLIDWORKS Plastics users, having access to tutorials helps us become familiar with the software and some of its capabilities faster.  The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Material Properties

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How do you obtain the material property data utilized in your analysis work?  Do you only use the materials in the SOLIDWORKS Material Library?  Are you one of the many SOLIDWORKS Simulation users that believe SOLIDWORKS Corporation should provide several hundred more materials in the built-in material libraries?  To me, this is a serious question that I often debate with other SOLIDWORKS Simulation users.  How often?  As recently as a few days ago I was engaged in a slightly heated […]

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Materials in Design Studies

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Since it is the Christmas season, why don’t we look at one of the great presents we were given in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2013!  While there were many great enhancements this year, and it is very difficult to pick a favorite new Simulation toy, here is one that I personally rank towards the top of my list.  The ability to use SOLIDWORKS Materials in Design Studies was a great gift, also known as an enhancement, to Simulation!   Prior to this release, […]

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Material Properties in Analysis

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Have you ever considered the importance of Material Properties to your Finite Element solution? What about the accuracy of the data provided by material vendors? As Designers and Engineers, we are used to dealing with tolerances. We usually provide default tolerances on our drawing title block. We may add tolerances to some of the model dimensions. For the really bold and daring – or wise and experienced – you might even add Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to your designs. Do […]

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