Recommendations to Achieve Accurate Results with Linear Dynamic Analysis

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Our Simulation team gets asked a lot of questions regarding SOLIDWORKS Simulation features, capabilities, how-to, and similar, by our Simulation users.  After answering this myriad of questions, the most common theme for a follow-up is almost always related to achieving accurate results with SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Our Simulation team has written several blogs that provide guidance related to meshing and accuracy, such as Take Control of Your Mesh, Nodal vs Elemental Stress, one of my long-time favorites Divergence and Convergence for […]

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Nexans Autoelectric of America, Inc. Customer Story

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Nexans Autoelectric of America, Inc. is known internationally by automakers for vehicle electrical wiring systems, molded components, and clocksprings. Jeremy Richardson is a component designer that supports wire harness development at Nexans Autoelectric. Initially, Jeremy’s team purchased the SOLIDWORKS Simulation package through Computer Aided Technology as a cost-savings move to help with engagement force predictions and stress analysis. Jeremy says, “The current CAD system being used offered the desired simulation capabilities, however, at a very high price point. SOLIDWORKS offered […]

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The Ice Cream Spoon, Part 3

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I’ve previously blogged about the ice cream spoon, but when I wrote those articles the weather was more suited for eating ice cream!  Personally, I like ice cream year-round, but some people choose warmer desserts when the winter months set in.  The first ice cream spoon blog discussed Surface Modeling techniques to create the spoon design.  The second ice cream spoon blog discussed using SOLIDWORKS Plastics to analyze the injection molding of the ice cream spoon.  In this installment, I […]

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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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Natural Frequency Analysis

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Natural Frequency analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows us to efficiently investigate the resonant frequencies of a design.  This analysis type helps us ensure that the natural modes of vibration are well away from environmental forcing frequencies that a design might encounter during service.  Like all analysis work, effective post-processing of your Natural Frequency analysis is key to communicating results to others.  The standard output of a Natural Frequency analysis are the resonant frequencies and associated mode shapes of the design, […]

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Natural Frequency Analysis

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Natural Frequency analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows us to efficiently investigate the resonant frequencies of a design.  This analysis type helps us ensure that the natural modes of vibration are well away from environmental forcing frequencies that a design might encounter during service.  Like all analysis work, effective post-processing of your Natural Frequency analysis is key to communicating results to others.  The standard output of a Natural Frequency analysis are the resonant frequencies and associated mode shapes of the design, […]

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Natural Frequency Analysis

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Natural Frequency analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows us to efficiently investigate the resonant frequencies of a design.  This analysis type helps us ensure that the natural modes of vibration are well away from environmental forcing frequencies that a design might encounter during service.  Like all analysis work, effective post-processing of your Natural Frequency analysis is key to communicating results to others.  The standard output of a Natural Frequency analysis are the resonant frequencies and associated mode shapes of the design, […]

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Show Plot on Selected Entities

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Show Plot on Selected Entities vs Isolate Command Post-processing your SOLIDWORKS Simulation results is an important step of your analysis work.  It is also the step that most of us spend the least amount of time on because we’ve focused our efforts in the pre-processing phase.  While there are several options available to you for improving your post-processing efforts, I’m going to discuss a Simulation tool that you can use instead of a SOLIDWORKS tool.  Specifically, I’m going to describe […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

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I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials […]

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