SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Simulation Evaluator

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A brand new feature introduced with the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is a diagnostic tool called Simulation Evaluator. The purpose of this tool is to check the setup of a simulation study, prior to solving, to determine if the setup is correct for a successful simulation. Simulation Evaluator performs a number of system checks prior to running the study which aids the user in the successful setup of the study. It first checks conditions related to the results folder, including the storage […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Selecting a SOLIDWORKS Simulation License with SolidNetWork License

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When it comes to SOLIDWORKS Simulation licensing in a network environment it can be important to grab the correct level of licensing. Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2020, the level of simulation licensing can be selected either when enabling the add-in, or while the add-in is loaded. When going to the Add-Ins command manager bar, the button to enable SOLIDWORKS Simulation now has a down arrow to open a drop-down menu. In the drop-down menu, a specific license can be chosen e.g. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Free Body Forces for Nonlinear Studies

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A neat new feature that has been added to SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the ability to interrogate free body forces after running a nonlinear static or nonlinear dynamic study. The ability to compute and interrogate free body forces in SOLIDWORKS as part of simulation post-processing has existed for a long time but has been limited in previous versions of the software to linear static or dynamic studies. The first step in the process is to make sure the button for Compute […]

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Component Contact or Contact Set? Which one makes sense for you?

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Contacts are a crucial part of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and are one portion of the Free Body Diagram step. Find out more about these core Simulation steps outlined in “6 Steps to Your First Simulation”. Contacts can be fit into three main categories: Bonded Free No Penetration Within these three categories contacts can be assigned three different ways: Global Component Local To better understand how these contact interact check out “Understanding Simulation Contact Hierarchy”. What I wanted to discuss today is […]

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6 Steps to your first SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation has been around for years tracing its roots back to 1982 and the Structural Research and Analysis Corporation (SRAC). SOLIDWORKS Simulation used to be called COSMOS Works, and since its early days, the Finite Element Analysis program has strived to be powerful, accurate, and EASY to use. Part of SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s ease of use are the simple Six Steps that every Simulation Study shares. Step 1: Define your Study. Static, Thermal, Frequency, etc. Step 2: Assign your Materials […]

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Hot Air Goes Up, Right? Confirmed With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Warm air rises, and Cold air descends. This is a simple concept that we learned early on in life. We can feel it if we place our hand above a hot stove, or notice our basement is always the coldest part of the house. But why does this happen, and what does this have to do with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Warm air rises and cold air sinks due to gravity. Yes, gravity the invisible force that holds all of us […]

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Holes In Your Model? No Worries with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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When dealing with different customers or vendors you will inevitably run into a situation where you need to import a model from another CAD software. With advancements in import technology, models open better than ever. But there are times when you get a hole in your model. This can be troublesome as SOLIDWORKS Plastics requires the Mold Cavity to be watertight. This can be fixed by using the SOLIDWORKS modeling tools but may require some surfacing techniques. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS Plastics […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Material Properties

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How do you obtain the material property data utilized in your analysis work?  Do you only use the materials in the SOLIDWORKS Material Library?  Are you one of the many SOLIDWORKS Simulation users that believe SOLIDWORKS Corporation should provide several hundred more materials in the built-in material libraries?  To me, this is a serious question that I often debate with other SOLIDWORKS Simulation users.  How often?  As recently as a few days ago I was engaged in a slightly heated […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Verification. Verified!

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Verification that the software you use is doing what it is supposed to do is nothing new. We just may not know how to access this information. Like my colleague Kurt Kurtin who discussed the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Verification documents in his blog Simulation Verification – How Accurate are My Results, I wanted to make sure you knew where these verification documents are located for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The Flow Simulation verification documents are a little more hidden than the one […]

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Symmetry with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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If I told you that you could solve an analysis 75% faster, would you be interested?  I think so.  In several of my previous blogs, I have written about time-saving tools to utilize when working with SOLIDWORKS analysis products.  I plan on continuing this practice because knowledge is power!  Plus, if you’re able to analyze more iterations of your design, that will lead to better products for you and your customers! If you are a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user, I’m sure […]

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