SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 3)

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting.This is part […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 2)

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh. And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 1)

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Part 2 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked “what makes a good mesh?” I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for, in creating a mesh.  And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: When is a Cavity and a Tooth a Good Thing?

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Just this past week, I was asked to assist one of our customers with a modeling issue. The goal was to create a usable mold based on imported geometry, which in this case just happened to be a tooth. Ordinarily I would leverage the mold tools to generate all the required components, but because the faces of the solid were faceted and inconsistent, this posed the challenge. Leveraging a “split,” “split,” and “combine/subtract,” I was able to come up with […]

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SOLIDWORKS PLASTICS TECH TIP: Counter Deformed Geometry Export to Counteract Warpage

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The primary goals of any plastics part designer and molder are to manage costs and hit critical tolerances. SolidWorks Plastics can help us predict part warpage and therefore optimize our design and process to minimize its occurrence. There are many factors that affect part warpage. Here are just a handful: – Part Geometry – Material – Fill time – Cool Time – Pack Time – Ambient Temperature – Gate Locations When we have done everything in our control to minimize […]

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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Contact Visualization Plot (Sim 2014)

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If you haven’t already heard, SolidWorks Simulation 2014 helps you visualize the applied contacts within your assembly analysis. With the new contact visualization plot, you can view how bodies are connected in multibody parts and assemblies. Before you run the analysis, you can detect the areas of contact applied by the global contact settings and any local contact sets. Not only does this ensure that you have created all the contacts that you need, but also confirms that you have […]

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SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION TECH TIP: Flexibility in Non-linear Fixtures

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There’s a feature I always suspected was in COSMOS/SolidWorks Simulation Premium, but I never needed it badly enough to do more than a web search to a dead end and give up. Well, I finally had the need: it was an analysis of a clip/pin system.The goal: Determine plastic deformation and insertion/retention forces during the pin installation/removal process solved in sequence. 1. The “C” clip is first installed on the housing. 2. Then then pin is inserted into the housing […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Image Quality Properties When Saving as JPG/TIFF

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When you save as a JPG/TIFF with default settings from SolidWorks, the image quality may not appear to be very good. Why is that?This has to do with your display resolution. Per SolidWorks KB article: “The image resolution of a JPEG/TIFF image saved from SolidWorks is dependent on the screen resolution (within Windows Display Properties or the graphics card settings). Thus minimizing the SolidWorks screen or maximizing it will give a different display resolution, although the DPI settings will remain […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014: Sketch Features (Part 1/4)

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These are a few of my favorite things… in SolidWorks 2014(Part 1 of 4: Sketch Tool Improvements) I hope you were able to attend Fisher Unitech’s Design Excellence Forum, which included an introduction to many of the new features SolidWorks 2014 has to offer; but if not (or if you just want a refresher), I would like to welcome you to Part 1 of my favorite SolidWorks 2014 features. I hope you find something that catches your eye and gets […]

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SolidWorks Composer: Animations in a Snap! [VIDEO]

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While SOLIDWORKS Composer offers incredible tools to create complex animations, sometimes a simple video will suffice. Many times, I have found that just a basic animation can help to convey the most complex ideas, concepts, and designs – and they’re really pretty easy to create! In this example, we will look at a basic fireplace shovel; however, the assembly can be as simple or complex as it needs to be. Start by capturing a view of your assembly, centrally located, […]

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