SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 Connector Symbol Improvements

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated September 23, 2016


SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 has enhanced the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Connector Symbol for Pin and Bolt connections.  Pin Connectors will now show symbols if they have the With retaining ring or With key enabled.  Bolt Connectors will show a symbol indicating a Torque or Axial preload applied.

Pin Connector Symbols

The symbol for ‘With retaining ring (no translation)’ in a Pin connector will show the pin head on one side and a retaining ring on the opposite side.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Connector Symbol

Retaining Ring Symbol

The symbol for ‘With key (no rotation)’ will have a red bar indicating the keyed pin.


With Key Symbol

With Key Symbol

Changing the components transparency will provide a better visual of the symbols.

Both Retaining Ring and Key enabled

Both Retaining Ring and Key enabled

Bolt Connector Symbols

Bolt Connectors with preload applied with have small indicators.  An applied Axial preload force will have a small double-arrow through the length of the bolt.  An applied Torque preload with have a curved arrow around the nut.

Bolt Preload Symbol

Bolt Preload Symbol

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources

Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017, including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars.


SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.