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    SOLIDWORKS Plastics Analysis: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 9)

    Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on October 8, 2019

    solidworks plastics analysisIf you’ve been following along with our Design to Manufacturing Series, then you’ve seen the ins and outs of two design concepts for a functional headset and cellphone stand. We narrowed the design down to two concepts, “The Transporter Project” and “The Holster Project”. In our last blog, we discussed some challenges we faced with the Holster Project and brought in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard to resolve issues surrounding the spring force. In this blog, we’re going to use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to help us determine how well our project would hold up in mass production.

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      The Holster Project Springs into Action: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 8)

      Laura Nickerson & James Reeher by Laura Nickerson & James Reeher on September 24, 2019

      Holster project completeEarlier in our Design to Manufacturing blog series, we introduced The Holster Project, a design concept for our headset and cellphone stand. With the use of additive manufacturing technologies like 3D printing and 3D scanning, as well as a variety of tools found in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, we were able to produce a prototype and test how well our design would work. Unfortunately, our design has had its share of challenges. For instance, when we placed it on a laptop monitor without any attachments, it immediately fell off so we designed a spring clip to fasten the stand to the monitor. The spring clips would account for different thicknesses in monitor brands and styles and would also apply pressure to hold the stand in place. However, they didn’t work as well as we hoped and as a result, our prototype ended up in pieces. 

      Before investing time into a redesign that would require a clamping mechanism, we would need a prototype, feasibility study, and a mock-up model just to see if this would work. As I started to feel the pressure of our deadline on my shoulders, I took one last look around my desk. As luck would have it, the solution to my problem was right under my nose: a binder clip. It’s the perfect size, but it is the perfect strength?

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        Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding: How to Optimize Design

        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on May 16, 2019

        plastic part design for injection moldingIf you do plastic part design for plastic injection molding, you know that optimizing your design is key to reducing errors and producing better parts. Because mold rework can become expensive, a better design process will save on both time and cost for manufacturers, and allow parts to get to market faster. The use of simulation software like SOLIDWORKS Plastics is helpful in this regard because it “simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds,” allowing designers to easily and quickly evaluate the functionality of their design.

        Although simulation software is an initial investment in your design process, your return on investment will take the form of reduced costs, shortened cycle time, and improved part quality. Here’s what you need to know about simulation software in plastic part design for injection molding.

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          SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tutorial: Applying Non-Uniform Pressure

          Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on April 30, 2019

          SOLIDWORKS Simulation TutorialWhen creating a simulation, it’s sometimes necessary to apply a pressure non-uniformly. This is most commonly found when dealing with liquid in a tank, however, other reasons may occur. Sometimes, (like in my example today) an accurate simulation can be made using modeled geometry such as modeling a solid in the shape of water in the tank, but this can add unnecessary complexity to a model and slow down a designer or analyst. Since this isn’t an everyday type of simulation for most of us, in this SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorial I’m going to demonstrate a quick example to make it a little easier.

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            Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

            Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on April 23, 2019

            SOLIDWORKS Flow SimulationWhen the products you design involve liquid or gas flow, how can you test their performance for real-world conditions? This is where computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software comes in.

            SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables you to run “what if” scenarios and efficiently analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer and related forces on or through components. This allows you to compare design variations quickly to make better decisions so you can create products with superior performance. Read on to learn more about CFD with SOLIDWORKS Flow 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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                    How to Improve Data Management Workflows in Simulation Workflow

                    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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                        How to Use the Soft Spring Method in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

                        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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