SOLIDWORKS Motion

Rolling Motion – It’s a race in SOLIDWORKS MOTION!

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Since we are currently in the middle of the high stakes horse racing season here in America, I was inspired to have a virtual race! I am an engineer, so instead of horses, I am going to use SOLIDWORKS Motion to race two solid cylinders down a ramp under the influence of gravity, soap box derby style – go ahead and call me a geek, it is OK. With full rigid body dynamics capabilities including inertia, gravity and solid body […]

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How Big of a Strut? Motion Has Us Covered.

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One of the benefits of being the engineer in a group of friends is that you get to help with all your friends’ projects. The same friend who I helped design a Trebuchet found in this 4 part blog series asked me to help create a concealment flag. A concealment flag is basically a lock box that looks like wall art. These are used to hide several things including candy from kids. The box will have an RFID lock on the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: What’s so Great About Event Based Motion?

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SOLIDWORKS Motion is a kinematics analysis software that is part of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages. SOLIDWORKS Motion is a virtual prototyping tool that helps you ensure your mechanisms perform as expected before building them. Motion is built on the ADAMS solver, an industry leader for over 25 years. Motion analysis is based on five main inputs, assembly mates, mass and inertia properties, applied loads, driving motors, and time. With the above setup motion provides kinematic results such as, velocities, accelerations, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation Contacts

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One of the many misunderstood elements of correctly setting up a SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation study is the definition of solid body contacts.  We see and experience contact conditions every day and don’t give them a second thought.  When it comes to translating that wealth of experience into a computer model, many SOLIDWORKS Motion users initially get it wrong.  Hopefully these next few paragraphs will demystify SOLIDWORKS Motion contacts. The first scenario is quite simple and even new SOLIDWORKS Motion users […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools and the Knuckleball, Part 1

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The summer season is getting kicked into gear and that means several things to baseball junkies. I’m not just talking about baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie either! The College World Series is underway in Omaha. Major League Baseball is in full swing. I get asked ‘does a curve ball really curve’. The usual early June fare! Wait! You didn’t know a curveball does curve on its way to home plate? You thought those pitch trackers showing the flight of […]

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Motion Design Library Components

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I like tools that increase productivity by reusing existing work.  Using the Design Library for SOLIDWORKS Motion components is one example of a productivity enhancer that I think users should take advantage of.  I guess the best place to start would be a quick description of the two tools mentioned.  SOLIDWORKS Motion is an analysis tool that utilizes assembly mates, part contacts, and driving forces to accurately predict mechanism performance.  SOLIDWORKS Motion included in SOLIDWORKS Premium and all three SOLIDWORKS […]

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Horizontally Launched Projectiles with SOLIDWORKS Motion

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At a recent Evansville SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting, I presented a Hands-On session using SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation.  One of the exercises was to throw an object off a cliff.  It’s an interesting application for SOLIDWORKS Motion as many of the details for projectile motion can be calculated by hand.  I’m going to show you how I used SOLIDWORKS Motion to verify the hand calculations.  While I need to leave some of the details of that presentation out of this blog, […]

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March Madness and the Charity Stripe

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It’s that time of year again when office productivity goes down.  Way down.  No, it’s not because of Spring Fever.  At least not yet!  We have brackets to check.  We have to stand over the cubicle wall and brag about correctly picking a 15-2 upset.  We have to make fun of our coworkers who always pick chalk.  Most importantly, we have to figure out how to stream basketball games in web browsers!  Yes, it’s time for March Madness! While we […]

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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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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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