SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How to Use Symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to Reduce the number of Fixtures?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Symmetry

Did you know you can use symmetry in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to reduce the number of fixtures required to stabilize your model? Using symmetry in simulation will not only simplify your model (and therefore drastically improve run time), but it eliminates the need to apply additional fixtures and this will result in even more accurate results.…

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Stabilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation Studies with Soft Spring and Inertial Relief

SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers two techniques for stabilizing self-equilibrated models: Soft Springs or Inertial Relief. In a self-equiblibrated model, all of the applied loads are inherently balanced which means that we don’t expect the model to be unstable in any direction (or move away in any direction). For example, in the picture below, the model is…

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Why you should run Interference Detection before a SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study

SOLIDWORKS interference

Before running any SOLIDWORKS simulation study, you need to make sure there is no interference between different components of a multibody part or an assembly. This can be done using the SOLIDWORKS interference detection tool available under Evaluate > Interference Detection. If any volumetric interference is found within the model, it needs to be fixed…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bearing Load

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Force Load on Hole Face

Applying a force to a hole in Simulation will give a uniform load to all locations on the hole.  In reality most loading conditions would only apply to the lower half of the hole.  The load would start at zero on the side and then grow to the largest amplitude at the bottom of the…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Reports

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Reports

SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides an automatic way to export your results to a Word document.  The document is based on a Word template that extracts a large amount of data from your study.  Therefore, Microsoft Office must be installed on the computer.  The report includes items like Mesh properties, Material properties, Stress plots, etc. Generating a…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear Result Options to Save Disk Space

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Nonlinear studies include Result Options that can be defined before running the study to minimize the filesize of the results (.CWR file).  You can choose how often to save results of Stresses and Strains over the time steps.  Displacement values will always be calculated for each time step. Within the Nonlinear study tree,…

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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…

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Setting up a Static Simulation on SOLIDWORKS Weldments

When working with large assemblies, you may want to run a static simulation on a sub-assembly and you are faced with the error “Load/Restraint cannot be applied to the beam face, edge, or vertex”  as seen in the picture below when applying fixtures & external loads. When setting up a SOLIDWORKS Weldments static simulation there is…

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