How Do I Post Process a SOLIDWORKS Plastics Shell Meshed Study

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How do I post process a SOLIDWORKS Plastics shell mesh study?  Utilizing the analysis capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Plastics early in the product development cycle enables users to optimize the plastic injection molding process, create high quality parts, and reduce manufacturing costs.  Now that the study has been solved, what’s next?  Clean up the SOLIDWORKS graphics window?  Gather data for inlet pressure or clamp force?  Create animations?  There are many post processing options for a shell meshed, SOLIDWORKS Plastics study.  Here […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS?

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How do I complete a Simulation Fatigue Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? A Fatigue study leverages existing analyses as Load Events. To start a Fatigue analysis typically a linear static analysis, or multiple linear static analyses are utilized as base studies. Verify that the base study, or studies, have a factor of safety greater than 1, usually 1.5 and up is a good rule of thumb for high cycle fatigue. Once the base study or studies are complete the next […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Drop Test?

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How do I complete a drop test study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Drop test studies are no different. Many consumer products like cell phones, cameras, and other products are all subject to being dropped. I know I drop my phone more than I care to admit. SOLIDWORKS Simulation drop test is specifically tailored to […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the next release of the software as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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How do I complete a frequency study with SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can learn more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study blog post. Frequency studies are no different. If you have landed on this blog it’s a safe bet you are interested in the natural frequency or resonant frequency of your design. Our designs are often subject to outside frequencies. Electric motors, rotating fan blades, rumble strips on the road, and wind loads are a […]

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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 Simulation: Boundary Conditions and Linear Thermal Expansion (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this SOLIDWORKS Simulation blog, I demonstrated how improper boundary conditions led to incorrect analysis results with Linear Thermal Expansion – “garbage in, garbage out”.  Now let’s look at what was happening under the hood with my analysis when applying temperature boundary conditions to a linear static study. Recall that I initially identified an issue with my results when reviewing the resultant displacement plot (Figure 6 in the Part 1 blog).  I’m going to use a Thermal […]

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Generative Design Meets Additive Manufacturing

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Certain things in this world go together. Peanut butter and chocolate, pinball machines and arcades, and Jeeps and off-road. Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing are part of the great pairing’s hall of fame. We all know what Additive Manufacturing or, 3D Printing is. 3D Printing has become a household word over the last decade. 3D Printing creates something from nothing, layer after layer to print your part. Generative design, or Topology Optimization, is like 3D Printing; building the design before […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Boundary Conditions and Linear Thermal Expansion (Part 1)

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out”.  This applies to lots of things we encounter in life, including our analysis work.  What if you didn’t realize your input was faulty until you review your analysis results and find garbage out?  Would you be able to backtrack your steps and find where you made a mistake?  What if it wasn’t really a mistake, but a misunderstanding as to how a specific tool operates?  I’m going to show you […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

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I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

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