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Get Answers to the most pressing Simulation Questions

Get answers to your most popular product design simulation questions to boost your confidence and productivity with integrated simulation tools. There’s no doubt about it: Simulation has come a long way since its inception. For decades, analysis was the exclusive domain of expert analysts. They would develop carefully crafted mesh models to assess only the…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mixed Draft and High Quality Mesh

Draft and High Quality Mesh colour

Draft Quality elements provide faster solve times as each tetrahedral element only contain 4 nodes, one at each vertex.  Switching over to High Quality mesh elements is required for accurate stress results, which adds midpoint nodes putting the node count for a tetrahedral element up to 10 nodes.  The increase in Degrees of Freedom causes…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Network License Selection

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available with various levels of licensing, providing access to specific study types: SOLIDWORKS Premium license gives you access to Linear Static and Motion studies SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard license includes Linear Static, Motion and Fatigue SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional license includes everything in Simulation Standard and adds Thermal, Buckling, Frequency, Pressure Vessel, Drop Test…

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Distributed Coupling for Bolts and Pins in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020

The rigid connection type (top) produces artificial stress concentrations in the bolt head region. The distributed option (bottom) produces a more realistic stress field.

Getting simulation results quickly, while maintaining accuracy, is always a top priority for any analyst. Replacing modeled fasteners with bolt or pin connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a great way to simplify your model, thus significantly reducing your solution time, without compromising on accuracy. The primary limitation of this simplification, is that stresses and deformations…

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Get peace of mind with the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Simulation Evaluator

Access the Simulation Evaluator directly from the Simulation Tree

Few things grind an analyst’s gears like setting up a long study to run overnight, and then returning the following morning only to find that the study failed after 25 minutes due to storage limitations in the results folder. Luckily, this will be another one of those “when I was your age…” kinds of problems,…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Collapse Tree Folders

SOLIDWORKS Simulation study trees can become long and harder to navigate when you start into more complex studies.  While adding new contacts/loads/fixtures and defining materials/shells/etc, the folders and sub-folders are expanded. In previous versions, collapsing the tree required clicking the arrows beside each sub-folder. New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 is the ability to right-click on…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Copy Features to New Studies

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Copy Features

Running multiple SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies on a model typically have similar features.  You can duplicate a study to make a new copy and then make your modifications.  Right-click on the existing study tab and Copy Study.  The new copy will be identical. However some scenarios only have a couple of the same features.  For example…

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Linear Vs Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis Explained

For some designers, finite element analysis (FEA) can feel like a complicated venture. The truth is, if you know SOLIDWORKS, you already have the background to take advantage of simulation capabilities, and using Linear vs Nonlinear analyses. Both Linear Static and Nonlinear analyses provide limitless design insight; giving you the information you need to make…

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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,…

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