As SOLIDWORKS' involvement in the product design process continues to grow, one area that shows significant potential is virtual design analysis. From basic finite element analysis (FEA) and tolerance stack-up analysis using intuitive wizards, to mold flow analysis, to streamline plastic mold design and advanced simulation studies using premier simulation tools, SOLIDWORKS offers a complete range of tools to make product design more efficient and productive.
January 16, 2018
January 5, 2018
Our QA blog series looks at different members of our team, their passion, 3D CAD specializations and a piece of content they’ve developed. This month’s QA features Sam Skinner and SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
January 2, 2018
There are many ways to validate your designs. However, to avoid over-engineering your parts and making costly design errors, SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools are some of the most reliable resources available.
December 8, 2017
New England is a great place to go mountain biking. Besides the amazing scenery, the fresh air and the seemingly endless supply of technical trails to ride, it’s also the only place where you can get away from the notorious New England traffic jams. Typically, when I mountain bike I don’t shy away from roots, big rocks or drops, resulting in some real stress on my bike.
Have you ever been reluctant to try something, wishing that you could test for safety or durability first? SOLIDWORKS Simulation has the power to virtually set up real-world environments to test product designs before they are sent to manufacturing. With simulation, you have the ability to test designs against parameters such as static, dynamic response, assembly motion and heat transfer.
September 29, 2017
Using a scaled version of a knuckle design, SOLIDWORKS Technical Manager Mike Sande demonstrates how to get the most out of your design to cut materials, reduce mass, increase confidence in the durability of your design and better understand the life cycle your product will endure. In just 15 minutes, he uses three iterations through Simulation to create a good design, a better design and the best design for this product.
We all want one thing from SOLIDWORKS Simulation — the truth! But sometimes the results can be misleading in areas of high stress. We often wonder is this high stress real? Or is it artificial or fake? There are ways to get to the bottom of this, but most approaches are tedious and require many subsequent runs of the simulation. Thanks to the new SOLIDWORKS 2017 Hot Spot Diagnostics tool, you can uncover the truth in your simulations and more easily identify stress singularities versus stress concentrations.
June 27, 2017
“Garbage in, gospel out.” A slightly different take on the old adage, this is a popular perspective on analysis results. But we engineers know better, right? Simulation results are generally only as good as the inputs to the problem. Or at least, you need to understand the limits of your engineering assumptions, and guide your interpretation of results accordingly. There are however many times you’re certain your simulation results are wrong, and yet you can’t figure out why.
April 28, 2017
Barbecue season is right around the corner! So, for this week's Make Your Own Solution, I am using SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to design a meat smoker out of a cardboard box and a broken crock pot.
February 27, 2017
Designers and engineers already love SOLIDWORKS Simulation for its ability to set up real-world environments. But what if they could take these comprehensive simulation results and blending them with photo renderings? Now, they can.
With new advancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017, users can get the best of both worlds and combine rendering and simulation results. Here’s how:
Recently, I was reviewing one of Keith’s articles about Simulation file structure and moving files. While these are great articles, I noticed he skipped over a simulation software that is near and dear to my heart: SOLIDWORKS Plastics! So, to correct this oversite, let me give you a primer on managing your SOLIDWORKS Plastics studies.
December 30, 2016
This month, students from around the world competed for glory in FIRST STRONGHOLD. In just six weeks, high school students built, programmed and tested robots with the guidance of adult mentors.
FIRST STRONGHOLD was meant to replicate a medieval battle, with robots raising portcullises, lowering drawbridges, scaling towers, crossing moats, and of course, launching cannon balls into the enemy tower. With so many elements, versatility was a key motivation in design.