3D CAD, Simulation, Client Stories

Client Story: How Simulation Drove Innovation at Waters

January 16, 2018

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Flow Simulation

Q&A with Sam Skinner: Featuring SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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.

SOLIDWORKS, Flow Simulation, Simulation

Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Flow 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.

Simulation, 3D CAD

Zen and the Art of SOLIDWORKS Bike Wheel Simulation

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.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Simulation in the Real World: Peru

November 1, 2017

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. 

Simulation

Going from Good to Better to Best Design with Simulation

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation

Plotting Hot Spots in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

September 20, 2017

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.

Simulation, SOLIDWORKS, Technical Support FAQ Series

5 Steps to Check if Your Simulation Results are Wrong

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.

Make Your Own Solution, SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Flow Simulation

Make Your Own Solution: Exploring The Boundaries of Simulation with a DIY Meat Smoker

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.

Simulation, 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS, Visualize Features and Tips

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top 11 Features: Combine Rendering and Simulation Results

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:

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation

Managing SOLIDWORKS Plastics Results

January 11, 2017

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.

3D CAD, Simulation, SOLIDWORKS

Medieval Battles Meet Robots At The FIRST STRONGHOLD Competition

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.