Design Intent, Not Just for Modeling.

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If you have taken a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course from CATI you will have heard the phrase “Design Intent” at least 100 times. Design Intent is not something to be taken lightly in the modeling world. It allows the user to get the most out of their parametric model. So, what is Design Intent? Design Intent is how the model should behave when changed. The way in which the model is created governs how it can change. Automatic sketch relations, equations, […]

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Create the Best Design Through Optimization

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Finding the best design is important for all engineers.  Whether by minimizing the amount of material or changing the material completely, cost can be saved.  While possible to create multiple simulation studies with minor differences to find the best design, separate studies take extra time, even when run at the same time.  One tool to help accomplish these tasks is Optimization through a design study.  First a  static study must be done.   While this design appears to be good, […]

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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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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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