SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Using Solid Body Contact in SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation

July 4, 2019

With SOLIDWORKS Motion you can animate your assemblies based on real physics. This next level realism takes your models from just an animation to a real movement, exactly like you’d see in the real world. That’s the big difference between animation and motion in SOLIDWORKS. In this Video Tech Tip, we focus on SOLIDWORKS Motion and how to use solid body contacts, which is the feature that makes it all possible.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Probing Simulation Results in SOLIDWORKS

October 11, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has revolutionized the design process by enabling designers to perform analysis on their models–no engineering degree required! Simulation is easy to understand because the complexities of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are disguised by the familiar and intuitive SOLIDWORKS user interface. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is written in the language of 3D CAD. 

As designers leverage the power of simulation in their workflow, they run multiple "what if" scenarios on their models. This offers them insight into their designs never before possible because a quick change can be made, and the simulation rerun instantly gives a designer feedback on their model. Finally, providing the answer to the looming question every designer is compelled to ask, “Was that change helpful to my design?”

As you run all these “what if" scenarios you’ll need to know a few tips and tricks to help make this process as easy as possible. In this Video Tech Tip, we share with you the quickest way to probe your model to get results at a specific location. 

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Use the "Find Unconstrained Body" Option to Troubleshoot  SOLIDWORKS Simulation

August 16, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is an incredibly powerful tool that enables you to run any "what if" scenario on your design way before you begin prototyping. These virtual simulation capabilities allow you to validate your design before it’s built—reducing the time it takes to constructing something. And it’s easy. In this video tech tip, we demonstrate how the "Find Unconstrained Body” feature to SOLIDWORKS Simulation is used.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Topology Optimization in SOLIDWORKS

June 21, 2018

Having an optimized design is one of the most important things to nearly every SOLIDWORKS designer. Typically, this means the most lightweight design that still gets the job done. In this Video Tech Tip, we walk through the process of how to use Topology Optimization to come up with the most optimal shape. 

Simulation, Tech Tips, solidThinking

Introduction to solidThinking Inspire

January 9, 2018

Do you find yourself needing a solution that allows you to test the structural efficiency of your design? solidThinking Inspire might be your answer. Not only does it have the ability to test the design's support for the required loads, it also enhances the process by generating a new optimal material layout. In this Video Tech Tip, we will explore how solidThinking Inspire cuts out the long process of essentially guess and check.  

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips, Flow Simulation

How to Represent Radiation in Flow Simulation

June 8, 2017

A common question in simulation is how to represent radiation, especially when it comes to electronic devices. In this Video Tech Tip, we tackle that question by demonstrating a simple radiation study.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Submodeling - the Magnifying Glass for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

June 1, 2017

When running a SOLIDWORKS Simulation on particularly complex geometries, it can be especially useful to use a technique called Submodeling. Using Submodeling is like having a magnifying glass to zoom in on small areas of stress, solve them independently, and get highly accurate results.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Static Study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Hydrostatic Pressure

May 23, 2017

Did you know in a static study you can simulate the effects of fluid such as hydrostatic pressure without ever having to simulate the fluid itself? Watch the Video Tech Tip for a full explanation on how this is done.