SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Get Ready to COMPARE your designs with SolidWorks Simulation 2014 [VIDEO]

A limitation in SolidWorks Simulation has been that only one configuration could be active at one time. So even though there was a “compare results” tool in SolidWorks 2013, it only allowed you to compare results across studies which were based on the same configuration. In SolidWorks 2014, this limit no longer exists. With the Compare Results tool, you can now compare up to four result plots across studies which can belong to any configuration of the model. This lets you really evaluate the performance of the variations of your design. To access this PropertyManager, click Compare Results (Simulation CommandManager). Under Options, select All studies in all configurations (slower) to compare up to four result plots from studies associated with different configurations. For plots of the same…

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Replace Sketch Entity, a Hidden Enhancement for SolidWorks Simulation 2014 [VIDEO]

Watching Alin’s blog post on Replace Sketch Entity got me thinking about how well SolidWorks CAD and SolidWorks Simulation communicate, as far as design changes are concerned. Would the replace sketch entity propagate without any glitch in existing SolidWorks Simulation studies? I ran a simple case study just to see what was going to happen and prepared to be disappointed by the results. As much as Alin was excited about the implication of this new tool in SolidWorks CAD, I was not so optimistic. After the first test, I literally jumped from my seat to call Alin to show him what had just happened. The Replace Sketch Entity was able to update my simulation study setup without any effort on my part! The only way you…

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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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How to Reduce Material Costs using SOLIDWORKS Optimization software

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Optimization

Over the past decade, design engineers have learned to use and trust such computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools as finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and motion simulation as important aids to producing better designs faster. They know that such tools help them design parts, assemblies,…

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