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Tech Tips and Tutorials for Simulation, FEA, and CFD Applications

Save SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fixtures and Loads to the Design Library

A time saving tip for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fixtures and Loads (which are defined for a specific simulation case) is to save them to the Design Library so they can be easily reused in other models. For instance, in the following image a simple cantilever model is shown where one fixture and one load/force are applied…
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Looking at SOLIDWORKS Thermal Distribution Simulation

There are many great modules included in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional product suite such as Optimization, Buckling, Drop Test, as well as a powerful module called Thermal distribution simulation. The Thermal module allows you to accurately study temperature distribution in parts and assemblies. All of the simulation modules are directly integrated with SOLIDWORKS! Once the…
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Test out different Materials with SOLIDWORKS Simulation!

The extensive SOLIDWORKS Simulation materials library can be used for many things such as mass properties, simulation studies etc. These materials include accurate mechanical properties that come into effect when simulation studies are run. SOLIDWORKS Simulation materials include steel, iron, aluminum, copper, titanium, zinc, non-metals, and many more: Custom Materials In addition to the standard material…
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Are you considering adding CFD analysis to your SOLIDWORKS design process?

CFD Analysis SOLIDWORKS
CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis allows designers to understand the effect of moving liquids and gasses on their designs. The CFD analysis SOLIDWORKS add-in is called SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, and is a general purpose flow analysis tool with a comprehensive range of capabilities. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer,…
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Design for the Ages with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fatigue Analysis

SOLIDWORKS Simulation makes it easy to compare the results of numerous studies
Whether it’s game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, or 20 years into your design’s 30 year operational life, fatigue is an ever present concern that must be addressed! Stress fatigue can cause catastrophic design failures with little to no warning, making its prevention a primary concern in cyclic loading applications. The Washington Capitals had…
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SOLIDWORKS PCB Design and beyond for Industry 4.0

If you have used SOLIDWORKS PCB, you already know of the vast array of mechanical design tools and collaboration available from SOLIDWORKS 3D, but where do we go from there? We have ensured form, fit and function of our board to it’s mechanical enclosure, but what’s next? The answer is simple, anything we want! With…
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How to solve complex simulations to enhance product performance

Solve complex simulations
Engineering successful, innovative products in today’s competitive environment requires simulation power. The ability to analyze the multifaceted physical performance characteristics of a design before making a prototype can substantially increase productivity. Companies need to solve complex simulations to efficiently overcome time, budget, and quality demands. SOLIDWORKS® Simulation delivers powerful simulation capabilities that can solve complex…
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Customize SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Input Data Folder

Generating a new Flow Simulation project brings up the default analysis tree.  The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Input Data Folder by default only includes Computational Domain, Fluid Subdomains, Boundary Conditions, Goals and Mesh.  These are the most common selections when setting up the study. If you are constantly adding other features found in the CommandManager or…
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