Yesterday, we released the first video blog of our five-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 be much faster and cheaper than building physical prototypes. This allows 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, which is part two of the series.
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:
- Will it float?
- Will it be stable?
- Will it be fast?
As shown in the video, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can easily simulate fluid flow and forces that are critical to the success of a design. Flow can also now handle the free surface between the water and air which means we can model the drag caused by wave creation. Fully embedded with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation intuitive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) tool allows us to mimic 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 Simulation, we can compare design variations to make better decisions to create products with superior performance, including our kayak design. We also are able to create a stability curve, and use SOLIDWORKS Flow to find the predicted drag, as seen in the video.
Want to learn more about how SOLIDWORKS Simulation works? Watch our On-Demand Webinar, Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Simulation!
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