SolidWorks Simulation 2013

Factor of Safety Plots on Selected Bodies in SolidWorks Simulation

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In SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you can now view your factor of safety information on any given part/body in your assembly. Prior to 2013, you had to view the factor of safety information on the entire assembly.In the Factor of Safety Property-Manager, click Selected Bodies (as shown below). Select one or multiple bodies to view plots of factor of safety distribution, or regions below the factor of safety. Results are shown only for the selected bodies. Selected Body = Arm Selected […]

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SolidWorks 2013: Materials in Design Studies

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In the past, many people have asked me if you could optimize a part by using material as a variable.  Well, in SolidWorks 2013, you can. With SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you can use the material of a part or body component in a Design Study using the new Design Study Materials parameter. This functionality allows you to evaluate a wide range of design choices or optimize a current design by defining a parameter that sets bodies to use different materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2013: Defining Non-uniform Load Distributions on Beams

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In SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you will find some great options for defining a non-uniform load distribution across a beam. These include the Total Load Distribution, Centered Load Distribution, and Table Driven Load Distribution options, and for the Total and Centered load options we also have some pre-set distribution “shapes.” Here in this post, I’ve included descriptions of all of these great Non-Uniform Load Distribution options, and a couple of examples. Total Load Distribution Distributes the total force or moment along […]

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Quick Tip: Motion Studies Tutorials within SolidWorks

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For those who are unaware, SolidWorks has some great tutorials for learning the Solidworks Motion tool set.  These won’t show everything that you would learn in a training class, but they are a good start to getting some practice in using SolidWorks Motion.  As a matter of fact, there are two new Motion Study tutorials in SolidWorks 2013: Motion Analysis Redundancies and Motion Along a Path.  Please check these out to gain some additional insight as to what Redundancies are, and Path […]

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What’s New with Meshing in Solidworks 2013

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Last month, I posted some tips and information on things you could do and tools you could use to ensure that you have a good mesh. Today, I thought I would follow that up with some new meshing functionality introduced in SolidWorks 2013. SolidWorks Simulation 2013 now allows you to do “Incremental Meshing.” This new functionality gives you the ability to remesh only selected solid or shell bodies instead of the entire assembly. Incremental Meshing allows you more flexibility in […]

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