Articles by: Angus Hudson, CSWP

Angus is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional and Applications Expert, based in our Vancouver, British Columbia office.

Design for Additive Manufacturing with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study

Topology Study produces organic geometry that is optimized for its intended application

Additive manufacturing is no longer a bleeding edge technology; this powerful method is being used across countless industries, for applications ranging from rapid prototyping to jigs/fixtures and production end-use parts. Widespread adoption of the materials and geometric freedom provided by additive manufacturing pushes the boundaries of traditional simulation validation processes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 introduced Topology Study, an exiting new study type that utilizes goals and constraints to optimize geometry for its design requirements. This optimization often produces complex, organic shapes, that are ideally suited to take advantage of the additive manufacturing. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 built on the success of Topology study, adding new types of constraints, and enabling the optimized geometry to be exported as a mesh solid. Additive manufacturing frequently depends on the use of plastic materials, which necessitates the use of a nonlinear analysis in order to accurately validate product performance. Video Demonstration Check out the following video, which…

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Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package is best for me?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages

Why spend money on features you don’t need? Similar to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages, giving you a choice of analysis modules, allowing you to get the best value for your software investment. “Which Simulation Package is best for me?” This is one of the most common questions we get from customers, and the answer is entirely dependent on your current and future needs. The following diagram shows which modules are available with the three packages: Video Overview Check out this video to learn more about the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions: SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package Comparison SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard and Professional both contain the essential linear-static analysis capabilities, allowing you to easily perform and iterate your design validation. The two primary differences between simulation Standard and Professional is the addition of numerous study types and efficiency tools that are included with SOLIDWORKS…

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Save Time with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019

What would you do with more time? The sky is the limit: you could become the next Carlos Santana, create an industry disrupting technology, or have more chances to perfect your designs before your deadlines. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 can’t create more time (I wish), but it will save you a ton of time on repetitive tasks and simulations! Multiple Load Cases in a single run SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 is a powerful computational analysis tool capable of optimizing the design of products used in extreme and rugged environments. In these cases, multiple scenarios are typically needed to determine how designs will perform in harsh, real-world conditions. New performance and usability features make solving these problems a snap. The process for setting up multiple load cases has been simplified and now all possible scenarios can be solved in a single run. In addition, previous setups can be adapted to create a new…

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Simulate Efficiently with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load Case Manager

Primary load cases can use all, none, or any combination of the specified loads and fixtures. Secondary load cases can then use any combination or multiple of the primary loads.

Getting valid, informative, and useful results is the goal of any design validation and verification activity, whether it be through simulation or physical testing. However, getting these results efficiently is the difference between getting a product to market, or watching your competitor get there first. SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s innovative tools allow you to begin testing your designs at any stage of the design process, enabling you to identify concerns early, before they can cause delays. The Load Case Manager, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium versions, makes it easy to set up your simulation studies to accommodate the full range of loading scenarios your design must endure. Real world loading is rarely straight forward, and neither is determining which scenario is the worst case. The Load Case Manager works similarly to configurations in SOLIDWORKS, allowing you to suppress or modify loads and fixtures that same way you would features or…

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Unify Your Electrical and P&ID Schematics with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

The document and component trees can be organized by book and location for better clarity

Schematic drawings are a universal method for detailing the connections between different components in electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic designs. However, they are also a great way to communicate details of process flow or piping and instrumentation design. Our blog often touts the benefits of SOLIDWORKS Electrical for schematic design, but despite the deceiving product name, this software has the versatility to handle your mechanical and P&ID schematics as well! SOLIDWORKS Electrical’s Wire Style Manager ensures that wires are drawn with information about gauge, voltage, and color automatically included. This manager can also contain styles that will include P&ID specific information, such as section or schedule. Pipe labels are then automatically created, based on formulas defined in the style, eliminating this tedious, error-prone task. One of SOLIDWORKS Electrical’s greatest differentiators is the component tree, which pushes intelligent annotations to any referenced symbols. This makes it easier to create schematics, but also…

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Splice Up Your Life with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019

Route your complete design in 3D with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019!

Much like taxes, new Marvel movies, and broken fillets in SOLIDWORKS, inline connectors and splices are an eventuality for electrical harness designers. These types of connections are easy to set up in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, but were prone to errors when the design was sent for 3D routing. Being able to plan and calculate the 3D routes is often of enormous value to harness designers, but having to choose between gaining these benefits or using common connections was not an ideal scenario.  Fear not, Electrical design friends, SOLIDWORKS developers have answered our pleas with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019! From a schematic standpoint, 2019 retains similar inline connection functionality to the previous releases. Designers can define a simple symbol and component with a terminal passing circuit. This will ensure that Electrical Schematic recognizes that all wires connected to this symbol are part of the same equipotential, a valuable behavior when performing design…

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SOLIDWORKS and Additive Manufacturing are a Pairing for Perfection

With a wide range of office and professional grade printers, Javelin's Vancouver office houses the most robust additive manufacturing lab in Western Canada.

Do you ever find that an off-the-shelf solution doesn’t quite suit your needs? Maybe you can find something close enough to get the job done, or maybe you can hack several options together, but this can often be a time consuming, trial and error process. Javelin’s Vancouver office recently purchased a new coffee machine (instant morale boost), which uses fancy (recyclable) pods to brew the coffee. Unfortunately, this meant our prior system of storing beans in an airtight container wouldn’t work for the new, oddly shaped aluminum pods. While there were several pod storage options from the machine’s manufacturer and various other vendors, none of them exactly suited our needs. Luckily, we had an office full of SOLIDWORKS design experts and the most robust additive manufacturing lab in Western Canada at our disposal! Designing to reduce Additive Material SOLIDWORKS has industry leading tools for creating all kinds of components, but…

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Make your BOM Worth a Thousand Words in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 increases the clarity and usability of exported BOMs by enabling the inclusion of component thumbnails

Creating a bill of materials to document the different components in an assembly is a near universal task. For caution of the word all, let’s stick with saying that most designers will need to perform this potentially time-consuming activity during their careers. Therefore, it is no surprise that designers everywhere rejoice when they discover SOLIDWORKS keeps track of every component added to their assemblies, enabling them to create BOMs with the click of a button. This is further enhanced by SOLIDWORKS associativity, which ensures that any changes to an assembly are automatically reflected in the BOM, without requiring any user interaction. New SOLIDWORKS BOM Component Preview Although many designers create BOMs, a dramatically larger number of people need to read and reference them on an ongoing, daily basis. SOLIDWORKS 2019 addresses this by adding thumbnail component previews to your BOMs, ensuring readability and ease of use long after design work…

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