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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

Which SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package is best for me?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages

Why spend money on features you don’t need? Similar to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Simulation is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages, giving you a choice of analysis modules, allowing you to get the best value for your software investment. “Which Simulation Package is…

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Mesh Away With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Adaptive Meshing

When working with SOLIDWORKS Simulation software it’s important to understand the accuracy of the results! Sometimes we spend too much time refining the mesh of a part when there is no need or sometimes we don’t spend enough time refining the mesh. What is the…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load Case Manager

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation a new load case manager interface within a Static study allows you to define (secondary) load combinations from (primary) load definitions quickly and evaluate the effects of the various load combinations on your model. Right-click the top icon of a Simulation static study…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Convert Toolbox Fasteners to Bolt Connectors

SOLIDWORKS Smart Fasteners

Imagine receiving an assembly from a customer with a few hundred bolt connectors in it. You have to run a simulation on this. Obviously you have to suppress all the bolts in the assembly or exclude the bolts in the simulation study. And then, you…

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Taking the deformed model out of Simulation (FEA) and using it!

Let’s see what we can do with the simulation deformed model.  It can be saved as a new solid model shown below. In this example I will take a cushion from a sofa and deform it by making a dummy sitting on it.

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How can Simulation Help Design Process?

I read an article recently, regarding to how Simulation can improve product design.  There are some interesting points I would like to talk about. The purpose of any FEA software is to linearize the product development, eventually, to reduce cost.  For new product or existing design, FEA plays its role in the process.  The article gives an example of a plastic stool design.  The requirements are to hold certain weight, and as inexpensive as possible.  3 designs are compared: one without any inside ribs, one with shallow ribs, one with deep ribs.  Without any help from FEA, one, from experience, could choose the design with deep ribs.  The design will most likely meet the strength requirement, but how about the cost?  The design is “good…

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NEW! in Simulation 2011 – 2D Simplification

If you haven’t tried this, you should!  2D simplification study for Simulation Professional. It will save you a lot of time to conduct detailed analysis on your model. Let’s use a bolt and nut example: To create a 2D simplification study, go to create a…

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