SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots

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Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots   Trajectory plots in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be very informative for flow visualization; however, it is sometimes tricky to get what you want when using them with external flow results. I’ve found that for the starting point reference, sketches with patterned lines will generate a nice set of trajectories. Also, using planes that are parallel to the dominant flow direction can be useful. This reference selection choice is counter-intuitive but produces surprisingly good results.   […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Making Sense of Simulation Meshing – Part 1

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Making Sense of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing – Part 1   As an Application Engineer specializing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, I often get asked, “How do I know if I have a good mesh?” The simple answer is, it’s not so simple. This is the first blog in a 3 part series that I will be posting about meshing. In this blog we will discuss meshing considerations for study types and purposes as well as mesh convergence considerations. The next two blogs in […]

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Good Vibrations. Reverse Engineering A Vintage Turntable Foot.

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Most audiophiles say that there is something warmer, richer, and better to the sound a vinyl record reproduces. Especially compared to modern digital media.  Not having listened to an album since I was young, I figured it was time to see what all the talk was about.  I asked my father (long time high-end audio enthusiast) to get out his vintage 1973 JVC VL-5 turntable so we could give it a listen.   Note: This picture is post installation of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How the Shell Can I Manage My SOLDIWORKS Simulation Shell Elements?

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How the Shell Can I Manage My SOLDIWORKS Simulation Shell Elements?   If you were enticed by the title of this blog, then you are probably already aware of what a shell is and why they are so valuable. For those who are not aware, they are, in this context, a 2D element used in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. I will not bore you with too many details about shell elements, but instead show you some nifty techniques to help you manage […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Nonlinear Material Models in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Nonlinear Material Models in SOLIDWORKS Simulation   If you are using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, you have access to the Nonlinear study type. One of the advantages of this study type over the Linear Static study is the ability to apply loads and boundary conditions that vary over time. Another is the access to multiple material models that represent nonlinear material behaviors:   Nonlinear Elastic Hyper-elastic Elasto-plastic Super Elastic Nitinol Linear Visco-elastic Creep   Let me give you a brief description […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Leveraging Configurations in Simulation Products

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Leveraging Configurations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products   If you use any of the SOLIDWORKS products related to simulation, i.e., Simulation (Finite Element Analysis-FEA), Flow (Computational Fluid Dynamics-CFD) or Plastics (Injection Molding) and haven’t been taking advantage of configurations, then this information is for you!   The SOLIDWORKS configuration functionality allows for multiple “What-if?” design ideas managed in the same file, and the simulation products can take advantage of this great feature, giving you the ability to analyze each design separately […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SW Plastics Runner Design – Control Valves – #SW2017

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SW Plastics Runner Design – Control Valves   Increased realism in SOLIDWORKS Plastics comes with the introduction of control valves in the 2017 release. A technique used in the injection molding industry known as Sequential Valve Gating (SVG) incorporates the use of control valves when multiple gates are used in the injection process. The advantages of SVG are numerous, especially for larger and more complex parts, including greater control of weld line locations, minimization of the adverse effects of over-packing, and […]

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Bundle and Save on SOLIDWORKS and Simulation

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Combine the power of SOLIDWORKS ultimate 3D design capabilities and robust modeling with SOLIDWORKS Simulation‘s virtual testing environment for truly optimized design innovation and improved quality.   Move from concept to production in no time with the flexibility in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Easily focus on design innovation with SOLIDWORKS collaborative tools Gain Engineering Insights with Virtual Simulation Save big when you purchase SOLIDWORKS Standard or Professional and receive Simulation Standard for $1000. Buy now for a $4000 savings. A 1-year […]

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EMS for SOLIDWORKS

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Bearing Bearings are devices which constrains the relative motion of a moving (rotating or translating) part. They also aid in reducing friction. When we think of a bearing we often think of only a mechanical bearing (see image) as it is the most commonly used type of bearing. Bearings have numerous applications in the field of machine design, automotive, transportation, oil & gas, medical apparatus etc. They are ubiquitous in any device that has motion. In this brief note, I […]

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Holley Performance Products – Leaves the Competition Behind

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Holley Performance Products needed to stay ahead of the competition. They found the answer with SOLIDWORKS and the team at 3DVision Technologies. What Made the Difference “The support was great, you guys met with us several times to guide us through the options in SOLIDWORKS and helped throughout the process while we decided what we wanted to do. Sales was very supportive, I’d say 3DVision is above the bar on all aspects with their Technical Support being out the roof.” […]

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