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Client: “We need FEA.” Consultant: “What’s your goal?” Client: “The boss wants it.” Consultant: “Ok. What does he want to get out of it?” Client: “I’m not sure, but he told me to get it done, no questions.” Consultant: “…?” The consultant has a right to remain confused. Performing any... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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SolidWorks Simulation is a tool that engineers use on a daily basis. SolidWorks does a great job of breaking the Finite Element Method down into a easy to use interface that any engineer can use. All that is needed is some basic setup to define your loads, restraints, and contact... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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When I think back even ten years, the maturity and progress of today's in-CAD analysis tools such as SolidWorks Simulation just blow my mind. At almost every level within this tool there are great "mini" tools that help the designer, engineer, and analyst to get their work done faster. Here... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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Many times we come across with one of the analysts’ common questions: Are there any other ways to simulate a bolted joint in FEA to get more accurate results? The answer to that question is as complicated as the physics involved in the solution of bolted joints. As a general... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
The Most Spectacular, Most Mind-Blowing, Most Awesome, Most Amazing Thing to Happen to SolidWorks Simulation EVER…Has Finally Happened! How’s that for hype? SolidWorks has chosen to partner with Matereality.com in order to improve its Simulation capabilities. Why? Design engineers frequently seek support from material suppliers or their software technical support... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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Recently, one of our customers reminded me a new feature in SolidWorks Simulation 2013 that many people may not know about. The incremental meshing feature allows bodies of a large assembly to be meshed individually rather than having to remesh the entire thing. This can come in really handy if... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
I field questions all the time about how much of a part or assembly should be included in an analysis. I believe the correct answer is “enough”. I know that isn’t a definitive answer, but it is the only one I can give. Why? Everyone has limitations whether it is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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The world is filled with all kinds of things that are free to move in all sorts of ways. Tons of things out there pivot. Record players, car tires, and joints in the human body. What do all of these things have in common? They all rotate about an axis... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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A common question we often get regarding post processing of a SolidWorks Simulation study is: Does SolidWorks Simulation have a way of displaying displacement plots as angles of displacement in the case of a torsional load? SolidWorks currently does not have this capability directly but allows us to display tangential... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
In my last blog post, Two Men, Darts, and SolidWorks Simulation: Accuracy vs Aim, I related a story about two men to SolidWorks Simulation. I recommend reading it. This article will be the start of a series, with each article centering on the assumptions I alluded to in that article.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
A question I often run into, “Is SolidWorks Simulation accurate?” If you mean “Does SolidWorks Simulation perform its mathematical operations like a calculator?” Yes. It does that well. If referring to whether or not it predicts product performance correctly…well…that depends on you. Accuracy is a measure of mathematical performance while... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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One of the more important and yet challenging aspects to using Finite Element Analysis is constructing a usable model. This model, whether found natively in a CAD package, imported from a CAD package, or constructed within a dedicated FE package needs to be both efficient and provide accurate results. When... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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SolidWorks Design Studies are a means to automate the creation and execution of multiple studies (static, natural frequency, linear buckling...). They are also the basis for design optimization studies from SolidWorks Simulation Professional. Optimization studies allow the user to drive towards an end goal for their design, such as minimizing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Sim3 Engineering Consulting
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One of the more important and yet challenging aspects to using Finite Element Analysis is constructing a usable model. This model, whether found natively in a CAD package, imported from a CAD package, or constructed within a dedicated FE package needs to be both efficient and provide accurate results. When... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at The SolidWorks Blog