Manage & Customize SolidWorks Materials

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SolidWorks Materials | Manage &  Customize Managing SolidWorks Favorite Materials |Add, remove or rearrange your favorite list You can add materials you often use to your favorite list for faster access. This option is oftentimes overlooked, even though it resides in a window you probably use frequently. To access the window, just right-click on material in the feature manager tree, shown below. Customizing your list will make adding material to every 3D CAD model you have much simpler.   To […]

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What’s New with Meshing in Solidworks 2013

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Last month, I posted some tips and information on things you could do and tools you could use to ensure that you have a good mesh. Today, I thought I would follow that up with some new meshing functionality introduced in SolidWorks 2013. SolidWorks Simulation 2013 now allows you to do “Incremental Meshing.” This new functionality gives you the ability to remesh only selected solid or shell bodies instead of the entire assembly. Incremental Meshing allows you more flexibility in […]

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Enterprise PDM: Maintaining a Healthy SQL Server

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Maintaining your SQL Server is essential for all Enterprise PDM users. Below are the main areas of concern when setting up and maintaining your server. SQL Maintenance Plan Wizard: One of the most important things you will need to do is set up the automated performance plan. This can be accessed under the Management folder > right click > New Maintenance Plan. Some recommended tasks for it to run are depicted below. You should back up the database daily and […]

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Creating a Better Mesh in SOLIDWORKS

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  Tips and Tricks for Creating a Better Mesh in SolidWorks Here is a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, use, and look for when creating a mesh.  Feel free to add it to the techniques you already use to create your mesh.  As of SolidWorks 2011, there is also a Mesh Advisor that can be used to help you mesh your components if there is a failure. Do a visual Inspection of the stress […]

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Using Simulation Advisor To Perform SOLIDWORKS Simulation Analysis

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Using Simulation Advisor to Perform SolidWorks Simulation Analysis Recently, someone asked me if they could perform a Simulation analysis simply by using the Simulation Advisor, and without having taken a class. Now, being a proponent of training, I certainly recommended our Simulation Training class. There, not only do you learn how to use the commands, but you also learn about all the options, and all the tips and tricks in performing an analysis. One can sign up for either our in house class […]

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How to Define Fluids in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Flow Simulation allows you to analyze the flow of up to ten fluids of different types (Liquids, Gases/Steam, Non-Newtonian Liquids and Compressible Liquids) in the same project. Fluids mixing can be analyzed as well, but mixing fluids must be of the same type (All gases, for example). In the Default Fluid dialog box, you can specify the default fluids and default fluid type to be assigned for all fluid regions. After the project is created, you can specify different fluid […]

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Say YES to the Customer Experience Improvement Program

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Have you ever wondered what answer to give on this final page of the SolidWorks Installation Manager? Say “YES”!The SolidWorks Customer Experience Improvement Program will only help SolidWorks help you by sending completely confidential, and absolutely not proprietary (no model geometry, metadata or filenames) information about your system to SolidWorks, so that they know where to focus their efforts as far as processors, OS, RAM, and video cards. This information is what tells SolidWorks that 70% of all users are […]

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SOLIDWORKS Hardware Suggestions

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SolidWorks World was just a couple weeks ago and I was able to attend many informative classes. I want to do a series of blogs in regards to those classes. One of the many questions we get at FISHER/UNITECH is, what kind of hardware should I buy? One thing we are not supposed to do is suggest a particular company over another, such as Boxx versus Dell versus HP (all of these companies were sponsors at SW World this year.) […]

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Important SolidWorks & FISHER UNITECH Resources

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Below is a list of important links for both SolidWorks and FISHER/UNITECH, including official websites, system requirement information, training & support information and how to make enhancement requests. Next month, I plan on sharing links to engineering references and calculators. SOLIDWORKS Website: https://www.solidworks.com/ System Requirements: https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html – Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SolidWorks supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products. Video Cards and Drivers: https://www.solidworks.com/pages/services/videocardtesting.html – Link to SolidWorks to […]

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Using Frequency Analysis

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by David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH Simulation Product ManagerIf I were running for Simulation President – the frequency analysis platform would be the one I chose. Why you ask ? From a functionality standpoint many terrible design oversights and product failures are often attributed to resonance. Secondly the mode of vibration gives you insight into the efficiency of your structure. For a simple one degree of freedom system the frequency of vibration is the square root of stiffness over mass. Being stiffer […]

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