SOLIDWORKS Simulation


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    How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

    Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on February 12, 2019

    how to change units in solidworks simulationChanging units in SOLIDWORKS CAD itself is easy. If you’re working in inches but need to enter a metric dimension, it’s as simple as typing the dimensions with the units after it. Ever since the units dropdown was added to the bottom right of the graphics window, it couldn’t be easier. You can change the default units in a part drawing or assembly without accessing a special window or settings page. It’s so seamless; you can make a part in millimeters, make a drawing in inches, and an assembly in meters without any trouble.

    Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation isn’t the same as using SOLIDWORKS CAD, so here are some tips for managing and changing units, significant figures (the accuracy of the number), and whether the units are displayed in scientific notation or standard notation.

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      FEA Simulation: Performing Vibrational Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

      Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on January 29, 2019

      FEA SimulationFinite Element Analysis, simply called FEA simulation software, is used by engineers to optimize designs and reduce the number of physical prototypes during the product development process. Did you know that FEA simulation does not have to be limited to static analysis?

      Today, you can perform more advanced types of simulation such as vibrational analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation. With an ease-of-use similar to everyday FEA simulation capabilities, SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows you to simulate product behavior under real-life conditions that involve vibration. Common types of vibrational analysis include modal, time response, and frequency response.

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        Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Webinar: What is Finite Element Analysis?

        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on January 11, 2019

        SOLIDWORKS SimulationComing up with engineering concepts and designs is one thing. Understanding how that design will perform in real-world conditions is another. Is an assembly component strong enough? At what point will a part break? Could you use a different material to reduce manufacturing costs?

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          Simulation Workflow: How to Improve Data Management Workflows

          Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on January 8, 2019

          simulation workflow With the advent of the Internet of Things and everything that comes along with it (including smart products and 3D printers) the way that companies do business and manufacture their products has become increasingly reliant on technology, and by extension, the data that powers and is produced by it. Designers and engineers creating products can leverage tools like 3D CAD and simulation software to create realistic models of their work, but with that comes even more data to manage. Fortunately, tools like SOLIDWORKS Simulation have begun to integrate capabilities that make it easier for users to better connect their CAD and simulation environments.

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            SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019: Nonlinear Pins & Topology Study

            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 16, 2018

            SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Simulation studies usually begin with a static study set up but they often need to move into non-linear studies.  New for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, static studies with contact and connectors can be copied or dragged and dropped into nonlinear and dynamic studies.

            All the connectors in contact sets come across and can be edited. In addition, pin connectors can now have up to ten faces inside of nonlinear studies similar to how they are in linear studies today. Now, when we move to our results, we have new options for these nonlinear pins to see the forces at each segment along the pin helping to save you a ton of time in generating reports and understanding the assemblies behavior.

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              SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tutorial: Using the Soft Spring Method

              Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on October 24, 2018

              SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorialImagine it’s 4:48 PM on a Friday and you’re running a static simulation in SOLIDWORKS Simulation when this message pops up, “Model may not have adequate fixtures.” As you slam your fist against your desk, you wonder if you’re going to be able to get this analysis finished in time. In this SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorial, I’m going to show you a great new technique to overcome this pesky error and help you get the simulation results you need in order to meet your deadlines!

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                Optimize Your Designs While Cutting Costs with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools

                Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on August 7, 2018

                 SOLIDWORKS SimulationWhether you’re a small or large business owner, an engineer, designer, or laborer there are processes you can adapt to make your job easier. If you have a stake in your business, a reduction in parts could cut your raw material and labor costs and if your company offers a bonus for cost reduction, the reward can be pretty handsome. Even if your company doesn’t have a formal cost reduction program, going into a year-end review with a claim that you saved the company money can help put you ahead.

                Regardless if your company calls it “cost reduction” or “Value Analysis & Value Engineering”, it all comes down to making more money on existing products by spending less to make them. It’s the easiest profitability. There are a few tools in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio that are crucial in assisting with this. In this blog, I share how to use SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Plastics to make better products for less cost.

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                  SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tutorial: Fluid Flow Problems

                  Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on June 15, 2018

                  Flow Simulation tutorial

                  Testing fluid flow problems used to be a fairly complicated and difficult process to execute. With the advent of technology, you can now run fluid flow problems virtually. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been around for the past 30 years, and it has become even more user-friendly and powerful than it was 30 years ago.

                  One of the most common questions I hear from users new to CFD is how do I get started? In this SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation tutorial, I am laying out how to prepare a model for a fluid flow problem. Let's get started. 

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                    Simulation with SOLIDWORKS: Is it Enough?

                    Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on May 21, 2018

                    SOLIDWORKS premiumIf you’re a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software user, you’ve likely experimented with different features and read different blog posts on SOLIDWORKS to brush up your knowledge. With so many features offered (and three different software solutions to choose from), it can be hard to know if you’re using your software to its full potential. Keep reading to learn how to get the most out of the Simulation tools within SOLIDWORKS Premium and a chance to attend a fun webcast where we'll analyze the workings of James Watt’s flyball governor using simulation features in SOLIDWORKS.

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                      SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 and Topology Study

                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on April 24, 2018

                       using SOLIDWORKS simulationSOLIDWORKS 2018 introduced users to a number of enhancements that makes using SOLIDWORKS Simulation faster and easier than ever before. SOLIDWORKS 2018 also includes a new tool called Topology which is a design guide and study type that adds SIMULIA technology to the simplicity of a typical simulation set up. Together, these tools can improve workflow and help overcome otherwise difficult challenges in the design process.

                      As we’ve seen in previous blogs, SOLIDWORKS 2018 has made several improvements to the entire portfolio - from product data management to realistic visualization and electrical schematics; simulation and design validation is no exception. Keep reading to see how SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a design validation game changer and familiarize yourself with Topology.

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                        SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation: Replacing Human Observation

                        Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on April 11, 2018

                        SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation

                        I was once treated to lunch by an older engineer whom I greatly admire. He holds many complex patents and co-founded a plastics company that he sold to a large industrial conglomerate. As we talked our discussion turned to injection molding simulation software such as SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation software.

                        He believed the software was unnecessary, and that the results rarely provided information that couldn't be gained from a conversation with an experienced mold maker. He thought that in choosing software over an experienced human, the “richness of the dialogue was lost”, a phrase that has stuck with me for many years.

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                          How to Use Design Validation and Virtual Simulation Software

                          Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on March 5, 2018

                          Virtual Simulation SoftwareVirtual simulation is not only for specialists and final design validation. It’s an intuitive design solution for all product engineers in all industries. Using simulation software, you can set up virtual real-world environments to test your product designs before manufacturing them. If fact, it pays to use simulation software. You will lower your costs and shorten your time-to-market by reducing the number of physical prototypes before going into production.

                          To teach you more about how to use SOLIDWORKS design validation and virtual simulation software, we invited SOLIDWORKS Simulation expert Joe Galliera from corporate DS SolidWorks to present a webcast called, Design Better Products Faster with Virtual Simulation. Keep reading to learn more about using simulation software.

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                            Top New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018 Flow Simulation

                            Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on February 23, 2018

                            SOLIDWORKS 2018 Flow SimulationSOLIDWORKS 2018 released a ton of new features and enhancements that we’re excited about. In our “What’s New” blog series, we’ve been covering the entire SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. In today’s blog we will be covering some of the great new features in the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Flow Simulation portfolio.

                            For an even more in-depth look, make sure to register for my upcoming webinar “Top Flow Simulation Tips and What's New in SOLIDWORKS Flow 2018” that I’ll be hosting on February 27th at 11 AM EST. Let’s get started.

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                              What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018

                              Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on December 7, 2017

                              What's New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018-1There are so many new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018 that we’re excited about. Our “What’s New” blog series takes you through the entire what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. In this blog, we will be covering some of the great new features in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 portfolio.

                              Do you want a demonstration? I hosted an in-depth webcast on the newest release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 covering solutions from stress/deflection, electromagnetics, topology optimization, injection molding scenarios, casting simulation, and more. Let’s get started!

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                                Optimize Your Plastic Parts and Injection Molds with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

                                Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on August 16, 2017

                                Optimize-Your-Plastic-Parts-and-Injection-Molds-with-SOLIDWORKS-Plastics-In an increasingly technologically driven manufacturing environment, product lifecycles continue to become shorter and shorter. Designers are looking for ways to reduce costly prototypes, and to get a leg up on their competition. With the advent of computer-aided engineering (CAE), designers and engineers are able to test out designs and determine if design changes need to be made prior to prototyping and fabrication.

                                SOLIDWORKS Plastics is one of the many tools in the SOLIDWORKS CAE portfolio. Read on to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Plastics and view our recorded 30 minute webcast to see  product demonstrations and examples of how to use the tool in your everyday workflow.

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