SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Flow Simulation

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 2 of 4

By Andrew Jaskey on June 9, 2017

Last week, we released the first video of a four-part series showcasing our process of designing and 3D printing a skin-on-frame kayak. We theorized that with SOLIDWORKS solutions, designing and testing a skin-on-frame kayak would take far less effort than traditional methods, allowing us to ultimately 3D print and build a full-size kayak with relative ease, to test on open waters. In the first video segment we completed the initial design in SOLIDWORKS, allowing us to move on to testing part-two of the series.SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

In this second video of the four-part 3D printed kayak series we move on from the overall design of the kayak in SOLIDWORKS to testing the frame geometry for buoyancy issues. Watch the webinar to learn how we answer three basic boat building questions with the help of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation:

  1. Will it float?
  2. Will it be stable?
  3. Will it be fast?


As shown in the video, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer and fluid forces that are critical to the success of a design. Fully embedded with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation intuitive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) tool allows us to simulate liquid and gas flow in real world conditions, run “what if” scenarios and efficiently analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer and related forces on immersed or surrounding components.

With Flow, we can compare design variations to make better decisions to create products with superior performance, including our kayak design. We also show how we were able to create a stability curve, and how we used SOLIDWORKS Flow to find the predicted drag.

To learn more about how to simulate fluid flow, browse our SOLIDWORKS Simulation products.

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