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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION – Blended Curvature-Based Mesher

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022, like we have seen in several prior releases, includes updates to the meshing algorithms.  Let’s face it.  When it comes to finite element analysis, “it’s all about the mesh”, as one of my co-workers often chides.  Digging in to new features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022, using the Blended Curvature-Based meshing algorithm, we can now apply a mesh control that has a larger element size than the global mesh settings.  This is an interesting change and, in my […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics Enhanced Modeling of Sketch-Based Runners

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As noted in the many blogs you’ve likely seen in the CATI What’s New series, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been significantly enhanced in the 2021 release. Check out the two key enhancements to the sketch-based runner design that will contribute to more accuracy in your injection molding simulations! The SOLIDWORKS modeling APIs are now used by the algorithm, resulting in more realistic shapes of the runner cross-sections and junctions. An enhanced meshing scheme applies tetrahedral elements at the runner core and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Meshing Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes several improvements to the meshing algorithms and workflows. These meshing improvements fall into three categories; faster meshing algorithms, improved default options and enhanced capabilities to rapidly resolve any mesh failures. Improved options for default mesh settings Default options in SOLIDWORKS Simulation are automatically applied to new studies. A common use of default options is to set-up standardized result plots that always display in the results folder once a study has finished solving. We can also use default […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Plastics – Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Workflow

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The launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is an exciting time for users.  There are many new tools to work with.  There are a few tweaks and changes to things we’ve grown accustomed to.  Then there are the changes to SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 that will absolutely delight those of us who are tasked with injection molding analysis!  There are two main topics I’m going to cover for SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 – Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Workflow and Streamlined Mesh Creation.  Keep reading to see […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 2

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Have you ever proofread your own writing a dozen times and not recognized a mistake?  Well, in Part 1 of this blog I did just that.  It must have been the lucky number 13 re-read to realize my blunder!  My original premise was to use the same number of nodes along any edge in the finite element model.  So, when I referenced Part 1’s ‘Figure 5‘ and wrote: “The difference in results between 3 high quality elements and 4 draft […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 1

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It’s all about the nodes and the equations!   At least that’s what my office mate, Chris, says. I’m not going to disagree with him, rather I am going to show that he is correct.  That statement arose while discussing meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and getting reasonably accurate results with Finite Element Analysis.  That leads to the simple question “can I achieve accurate results using a draft quality mesh”? In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the easiest method of differentiating between a draft quality […]

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A Tropical Fish and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing – What’s a fish got to do with FEA?

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A Tropical Fish and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing – What’s a fish got to do with FEA? The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse, a tropical fish native to the western Atlantic Ocean, can be found near coral reefs in schools feeding on small organisms, acting as a cleanup crew for the reef. ( ref. Bluehead Wrasse – Wikipedia). I’ve enlisted the wrasse’s help in describing the importance of good meshing practices in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. As you will see, it’s all about the details […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Blended Curvature Based Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Blended Curvature Based Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Simulation   Meshing a part appropriately might be tenuous at times, but it is certainly a lot easier in SOLIDWORKS than just about any other software. We don’t want to set the expectation that meshing is a problem for SOLIDWORKS. Getting a good aspect ratio around the smaller geometry can drive you and your computer a bit crazy, especially if you don’t know the smallest size of your geometry. SOLIDWORKS introduced the blended curvature based […]

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