SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 Improved Pin Connector

Article by Siavash Khajehhasani updated December 22, 2017


SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 pin connector has been enhanced. Now you can define a pin connector through more than two cylindrical surfaces in one definition. An improved user interface allows the definition of a single pin connector applied to multiple cylindrical faces (maximum ten).

For instance, in 2017 and prior versions, you had to create 4 pin connectors to connect 5 cylindrical faces of a hinge, as shown below:

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 Pin Connector

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017 Pin Connector

Now in SOLIDWORKS 2018, you select all coaxial cylindrical surfaces that are attached to the pin in a single selection box. For example, all 5 coaxial cylindrical faces for the same hinge example can be selected at once, as depicted below.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 Pin Connector

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 Pin Connector

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Siavash Khajehhasani

Siavash is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Oakville, Ontario office.