SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results on Specific Assembly Components

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated January 27, 2021

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Using assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation can make things more difficult to view the results of the various plots.  Perhaps you only want to see results for specific components in your assembly.  There are techniques to view the results on selected components.

Here is a simple assembly with stress results.  We are most interested with the stress in the link.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Assembly Study

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Assembly Study

Show Plot Only on Selected Entities

One option is to create a new stress plot with the option to plot only on selected entities.  Here we choose the Body option and select the component.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Plot Only On Selected Entities

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Plot Only On Selected Entities

We can also change the Chart Options to update the Min/Max range of the colour chart to be the actual stress on the visible components.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Colour Chart Min/Max Range on Shown Parts Only

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Colour Chart Min/Max Range on Shown Parts Only

The disadvantage with this method is the need to create or edit plots for other components.  There would also need to be separate plots for Displacement, Factor of Safety, etc.

Perhaps you want to quickly review the existing plots for specific components.  With the ‘Show Min/Max Range’ option enabled, you can hide/show components within SOLIDWORKS and the existing plots will show results according to the graphical state of the model.  Just be aware that if a plot is currently being shown, hiding and showing components won’t automatically update in the plot.  You can regenerate the plot by hiding and showing the plot again, or activate another plot.

Isolate

Using the Isolate command is a quick way to hide all other components.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Isolate

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Isolate

You have the option to Exit Isolate mode from the pop-up dialog.

Exit SOLIDWORKS Isolate

Exit SOLIDWORKS Isolate

Display States

Using Display States is even better as it will give you quick access to switch between the hide/show states of all components.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Display States

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Display States

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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