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Articles by: Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE

Irfan holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and is as Elite AE. He contributes regularly to the SIMULATION and COMPOSER tech blogs. He has won the TenLinks Top blogger award for SOLIDWORKS. He has presented at local user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Texture by Faces Tutorial [VIDEO]

If you have tried applying SOLIDWORKS Composer texture, you know that textures can be applied on individual actors only. Here is little workaround if you want to apply textures on individual faces rather than the entire actor. Select the desired actor Go to the Geometry…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Top 10 Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2015 is finally here and I have had the chance to play around with the latest simulation capabilities in SOLIDWORKS. Here are some of the enhancements that you will see in the upcoming release of SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION. I will be showing you each one…

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SolidWorks Composer Digger 2D Image Quality

Digger Quality

The SolidWorks Composer Digger tool allows you to capture detailed 2D images. The quality of the captured image is controlled by the last used setting of the high-resolution image workshop. Watch the video below to learn how to control the image quality of the Digger…

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SolidWorks Composer – Detect Curves & Align Pivot [VIDEO]

As I was learning to use SolidWorks Composer, one of the tasks I found difficult to master was the transform command. The pivots were aligned in a way that did not follow the assembly direction. I had to use the “detect curves” option and at…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Coloured Outlines

SolidWorks Composer offers true flexibility when it comes to creating technical documentation. When creating line drawings, you can customize the outline colour of each actor individually. To achieve this: Activate the technical illustration workshop Deselect the option “Same colour for all actors” option for the visible…

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Nonlinear Analysis – Stress / Strain Curves for Material Models

Non-linear Analysis Featured

Depending on the settings, nonlinear analysis may require the input of stress / strain curves. When that is the case, the curve should be entered using the correct definition/values for stress and strain. As a matter of fact, several definitions of stress exist: true stress,…

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When to use Nonlinear Analysis?

A Linear Static analysis can be performed on a problem if the following assumptions are valid: The material is linear elastic, where the geometry will return to its original shape if the load is removed. Deformations are small in relation to the dimensions of the…

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What is the difference between Remote Loads with Direct Transfer and with Rigid Connection?

Remote Loads Featured

There is a fundamental difference between Remote Loads with Direct Transfer and with Rigid Connection: Remote Load with Rigid Connection links all the nodes from all the faces to the remote load location with rigid bars. There is no special calculation needed to distribute the…

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SolidWorks Composer Kinematic Link [VIDEO]

Kinematic Link

SolidWorks Composer does not support mates like SolidWorks and SolidWorks mates are not transferred to Composer during the import process. Mating relationships between actors must be re-created in Composer. In most cases, linear and rotational translations should suffice for animations.  Kinematic transforms can be used…

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