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10
March
2016

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

Spring Animations Using SOLIDWORKS Animation Motion Tools

Occasionally we need to show animations of our assemblies that contain flexible parts, like springs, cables and hoses. Watch this video to learn about the powerful techniques to create the flexible part motion using in-context relations and the animation/motion tools.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

26
January
2016

What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation
Looking back on 2015 we find a world of Simulation applications that have been reviewed ranging from Magic Metal Bending to Semis Increasing Gas Mileage to a complete overview of Simulation with two SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineers called SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Design Validation Training.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Simulation

04
January
2016

Semis Increasing Gas Mileage? That's a Big 10-4

Written by: Charlie Preston, Application Engineer

Semis Increasing Gas Mileage? That's a Big 10-4

Air drag reduction on vehicle bodies is an ever-improving area of the auto industry. Minimizing drag forces on semi-trucks is especially important as they are not the most fuel efficient vehicles to begin with, and yet a single truck can log well over a hundred thousand miles annually. Because of this, there are more add-on drag-reducing accessories, and more varieties of them, on the road than ever before. This blog will use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to look at the effect that a couple of the most common fairing panels.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

21
December
2015

SOLIDWORKS and Metal Bending Debunking of a Magician

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS and Metal Bending Debunking of a Magician

This is one of the most enjoyable blogs I've done.  We take both real life and test it with the POWER of SOLIDWORKS to reveal and debunk a magician, a very good magician. 

One of the things I've always enjoyed about Justin is his willingness to tell that he is plainly deceiving you. 

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

01
October
2015

New to SOLIDWORKS 2016: Underconstrained Bodies

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

New to SOLIDWORKS 2016: Underconstrained Bodies

Figuring out why a model is unstable is sometimes easier said than done. SOLIDWORKS has come out with a new tool to find if and where there are bodies that aren’t fully constrained. Having an unconstrained model is a common issue that will prevent a SOLIDWORKS Simulation study from running.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

31
August
2015

Are You Ready For Some FEA?!

Written by: Charlie Preston, Application Engineer

Are You Ready For Some FEA?!

The dog days are behind us, and as summer turns into autumn, for many summer is really turning into football season. For those not as familiar with the pigskin, college football has a longstanding tradition of rowdy students, after being thrown into more of a frenzy immediately following a big win, storming the field in victory, and oftentimes tearing down the upright field goal posts at either end of the field. In the (highly) unlikely event my hometown Gophers upset TCU this week, I’d love to do the same.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

14
August
2015

SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Design Validation Training

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer , Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Design Validation Training

Test your designs before it’s too late. Validating performance is critical to ensuring that your projects meet customers’ quality expectations and deadlines.

Whether you work with electronic components, HVAC or plastics, SOLIDWORKS Simulation will save you time, money and frustration. Analysis tools are not just for aerospace and automotive engineers anymore. Join us for this free webinar and learn how you can easily test your designs and improve product quality.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Simulation

14
January
2013

Harmonograph and SOLIDWORKS Motion

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

Harmonograph and SOLIDWORKS Motion
SOLIDWORKS Motion – Trace path and convert to SOLIDWORKS Curve, a hidden gem. The other week I took my daughter to the science museum, my favorite educational distraction.  While we were exploring the exhibits we came across a pendulum drawing machine (Harmonograph) that makes cool pictures.  We whipped out a few before moving onto the Bernouli Ball (I’ll have to get back to that as that’s something SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can do).  Here’s a picture just like the drawings we made now hanging on my refrigerator.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

18
November
2012

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Green Means Go!

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Green Means Go!

When setting up a model in static simulations, I often run through the bolt/pin process to create connections that will transfer loads to joining bodies, defining the connection by selecting the appropriate geometry on the holes we are using for the pin/bolt and running the simulation.  But what happens when we want to analyze the actual connection itself to verify if the bolt/pin is going to withstand the stress generated by the model conditions?  How can we determine whether or not the designed geometry of the bolt, its material, grade and preload will pass or fail?  SOLIDWORKS has a very useful tool for defining a pin/bolt check plot to look at just this.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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