The Analysis Tools Sanity Check

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Let’s call it a ‘sanity check’. Sometimes you need to prove to yourself, or possibly your boss, that your analysis tools are calculating results correctly. Maybe you’re reviewing the results and something doesn’t look quite right. There are plenty of scenarios where you may be called upon to use hand calculations to back up what your workstation and software can do for you in seconds, minutes or hours. With our designs becoming increasingly more complex, this can definitely seem like […]

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The Analysis Tools Sanity Check

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Let’s call it a ‘sanity check’.  Sometimes you need to prove to yourself, or possibly your boss, that your analysis tools are calculating results correctly.  Maybe you’re reviewing the results and something doesn’t look quite right.  There are plenty of scenarios where you may be called upon to use hand calculations to back up what your workstation and software can do for you in seconds, minutes or hours.  With our designs becoming increasingly more complex, this can definitely seem like […]

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Realistic load transfer in SOLIDWORKS motion simulation

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    When setting up a motion study in SolidWorks, the interactions between the different components of your part will be dictated by how the mates are set up.  This is because the mates will tie up respective degrees of freedom relative to the two components being mated.  This means that transfer of the loading from one component to another will depend on the mate.  In other words, how one part moves another based on the load it is under is controlled […]

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The Best Pumpkin Chucker

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If you like good old fashioned ballistics we you need to watch this video about using SOLIDWORKS Simulation to create a Pumpkin Chuckin Catapult. This looks like alot of fun Also for some great ideas check out this site. http://www.trebuchet.com/ For a good start in the your SolidWorks adventure check out his model from 3d Content Central.com Download  Have fun, Bob McGaughey, CSWE CATI  

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Simulation and Motion Optimization

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SW Motion is a great tool to understand kinematics of a mechanism. The  2012 version of Motion has a great new feature. If you use actuators and sensors to control the movement of a mechanism, you can optimize the entire design virtually. Typically, to get the system correctly configured would take many trial and errors on an actual machine or many hours of hand calculations.   A user can simply input sensors as a variable and the optimization tool to […]

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Constant Velocity Motion Along A Multi Directional Path

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The Animation and Basic Motion options work well for most animations, including movement along straights, and gradual curves in a path.  What do you do when the path is not a single direction? To accomplish movement around sharp radii corners or a closed loop you will need to use the SOLIDWORKS Motion Add-In, and Motion Analysis.   Create the path component with a stationary reference object. Mate the moving component to the path using the path mate. Define a velocity results […]

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