SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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The SOLIDWORKS Simulation family of products includes a wide range of tools and capabilities. Skilled users can evaluate their designs against simulated abuse before anything is physically manufactured. This can dramatically reduce the design cycle, and with a bit of luck make sure only one prototype ever needs to be made for real-world testing. So,…

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5 settings to set when starting a simulation project in SOLIDWORKS

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When you start a new part, assembly, or drawing in SOLIDWORKS, you have a lot of default settings that are stored in your document template that optimize to your requirements. Simulation in SOLIDWORKS has similar concepts, but the settings are not as obvious as setting the document properties. Below are some settings to customize the…

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The Simulation Manager on 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

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Virtual product development using simulation tools such as the Simula roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, accelerates the process of evaluating product performance, reliability, and safety, prior to time-consuming physical prototyping. With an ever-increasing number of simulation analyses conducted, managing, and tracking multiple analyses has become crucial to the success of simulation data management.  The “Simulation manager”…

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Simulation Evaluator Video Tech Tip

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How frustrating it is to encounter the SOLIDWORKS Simulation error — ‘Unable to create plot..’ after running a finite element analysis! You can see the result file *.cwr is intact in the folder yet the simulation study is not able to correctly link to the result file.  You may try to move all the simulation…

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Component Explorer

Component Explorer in SOLIDWORKS Flow Sim

A lesser-known feature in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation that can help speed up the review of any thermal management models such as large electronics assembly models is the Component Explorer. Why use the Component Explorer? Use this feature to view a list of components where Flow Simulation features such as Volume Heat Source, SolidMaterials, PCB and…

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Reuse SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Study Setup by Means of Templates

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Virtual product testing using simulation tools have become a core strategy to meet evolving needs of the product development processes. Therefore, it is critical to improve simulation productivity by capturing and reusing the simulation data and process. When it comes to testing product performance for different designs using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, a project template can…

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Mesh Parameters in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation still meshes the solid and surface models with triangular and tetrahedral meshes, but how the models are auto-meshed can be accomplished with three different schemes. They have been updated to use multiple cores on the CPU with all the available meshing schemes. Each of the schemes has differing mesh parameter options: Standard mesh,…

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Desktop Simulation: SOLIDWORKS Premium vs. Simulation Standard

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When being introduced to finite element simulation, you are typically shown a linear static study. SOLIDWORKS can provide those linear static tools from two different software licenses. One way is from the SOLIDWORKS CAD Premium license and the other is from the SOLIDWORKS Simulation license. The Simulation packages like the CAD packages are similar with…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Design Insight Plot

The SOLIDWORKS Simulation Design Insight Plot, also known as “load path”, is a plot that shows the regions of the model that carry the loads most efficiently. It can be useful in part modification in the post-processing of your design. How will a Design Insight Plot help reduce cost? If we think about this from…

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