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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Design Intent, Not Just for Modeling.

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If you have taken a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course from CATI you will have heard the phrase “Design Intent” at least 100 times. Design Intent is not something to be taken lightly in the modeling world. It allows the user to get the most out of their parametric model. So, what is Design Intent? Design Intent is how the model should behave when changed. The way in which the model is created governs how it can change. Automatic sketch relations, equations, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Draft Quality and High Quality Elements – Part 2

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Have you ever proofread your own writing a dozen times and not recognized a mistake?  Well, in Part 1 of this blog I did just that.  It must have been the lucky number 13 re-read to realize my blunder!  My original premise was to use the same number of nodes along any edge in the finite element model.  So, when I referenced Part 1’s ‘Figure 5‘ and wrote: “The difference in results between 3 high quality elements and 4 draft […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional: Using Physics Simulation

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 comes the great new feature allowing you to run Physics Simulations on your models which includes having your models fall and collide with each other just as they would in the real world. Tech Tip: To be able to access the functionality of the new Physics Simulation, you will need a license of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. The first step in running your Physics Simulations will be to set up how each model or solid […]

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