SOLIDWORKS Plastics Venting Analysis

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Recently, I was helping one of our customers work through a large injection molding analysis using SOLIDWORKS Plastics. He wanted to verify weld lines and air traps as he was still planning gate and vent locations on the tooling. The part he was analyzing included many features, such as mounting bosses and stiffening ribs, on the inside. These features will all be on the core of the mold. The exterior of the part will have a near-smooth finish, an “appearance” […]

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Control Your Flow Mesh

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Mesh control is important no matter what Simulation product you use. The power of mesh control allows refinement of the mesh in areas of importance to the Engineer. This blog will focus on the mesh and mesh control used in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis tool.  SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers users internal and external analysis of fluid systems. Steady State, Transient, and conjugate heat transfer solutions are standard with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.  Flow Simulation works seamlessly inside […]

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Bonded, Bolted, or Pinned – Why You Should Simplify Your Analysis

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Simplify, simplify, simplify!  I cannot count how many times I’ve had this discussion with customers when reviewing their CAD models and listening to what they want to analyze with SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  I know how easy it is to start a new SOLIDWORKS Simulation study and begin setting up an analysis on fully-featured CAD models – click a button and you’re on your way.  Let’s look at an example of starting simple and working towards the complex with SOLIDWORKS Simulation that […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Stress Averaging at Mid-side Nodes – #SW2019

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Stress Averaging at Mid-side Nodes is one of several new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019.  If you’ve been digging through the What’s New documentation for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, I would be willing to bet this addition has you stumped.  I was when I first read about the new feature and started investigating how this option functioned.  In fact, I had to reach out to a couple of good friends who work in SOLIDWORKS Product Definition for clarification of this new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Export to Mesh Body – #SW2019

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Last year SOLIDWORKS 2018 and SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced two incredible features, the ability to work with Mesh Bodies and Topology Study. Mesh bodies are BREP, or Boundary Representation, bodies made up of facets, much like what we see when exporting an STL file. Topology Study allows us to utilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation to determine the best shape possible to meet our optimization goals and geometric constraints. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, these two features have been improved upon allowing us to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tracer Study Checklist

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation contains a wide variety of capabilities. In this blog article we will focus on the Tracer Study. Tracers allow you to study the flow of a certain admixture (tracer) in the existing carrier fluid under assumption that the presence of the admixture has a negligible influence on the carrier fluid flow. Such assumption is justified if the concentration (mass fraction) of the admixture is relatively low. Steps to a Tracer Study: Run Steady State Analysis for full […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Hand Calculations

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Recently, I was discussing the use of hand calculations in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with one of our customers. His belief is that hand calculations are a waste of time, that they are never accurate enough to represent what he designs. Simply put, how can an equation referencing material properties, geometric characteristics, or section properties needed in many structural analysis calculations represent the complex designs he creates today. That is a strong and fair argument that I cannot […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading in Spherical Coordinate Systems

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In previous posts “SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading“, and “SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Nonuniform Force and Pressure Loading in Cylindrical Coordinate Systems” I showed how to apply boundary conditions based on Cartesian and cylindrical coordinate systems (CS). I varied the water pressure with depth on the walls of an aquarium in the first post. In the second, I varied the wind load on a horizontal storage tank. Let’s now look at nonuniform pressure loading using the third option, a […]

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Rocket Science Is Easy! We Have Lift Off

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We have lift off! Yes, it has been a while but my previous statement holds true. Rocket Science Is Easy. At least for model rockets. As a final addition to this blog series, I was finally able to test launch the V2 model rocket my sons and I designed in SOLIDWORKS and 3D printed using Stratasys 3D Printers. The first blog “Rocket Science Is Easy!” in this series outlines the basics of rockets, hoe the V2 was designed in SOLIDWORKS […]

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Selection Sets and SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How many left mouse button (LMB) clicks does it take to complete a task? More specifically, how many left clicks does it take to select all the faces, edges, components, and similar that you need when setting up a feature in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? I’m sure you would agree that the more complex the analysis, the more button clicks required. Are you taking advantage of the available tools to reduce your LMB clicks and save time? If you are not currently […]

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