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An Introduction to SimulationXpress
Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 12:07pm

A first look at running a stress analysis on part documents using the simulation package available with all levels of SOLIDWORKS.

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Robot Wars – Design your own robot with SOLIDWORKS
Friday September 23, 2016 at 9:48am

Robot wars returned this year to the BBC with great excitement and destruction. See how you could use SOLIDWORKS to design your own Robot in this Blog.

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Earthquake analysis with SOLIDWORKS Dynamics
Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 3:56pm

SOLIDWORKS Simulation (dynamics) can help us predict the effects from earthquakes, the resultant stresses and displacement ultimately show us whether the structure is fit for purpose. We will look at how to use the response spectrum analysis within a Linear Dynamic study and simulate an earthquake’s effects on a house.

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The link between SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and SO
Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 3:54pm

Taking the data collected from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation we will process that into an FEA study to see what stresses can appear from the results obtained from the Flow Simulation.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Olympic Weightlifting
Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 11:00am

Now the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is over, we can reflect on the strength and determination athletes require to compete and be the best in the world. Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation we'll take a look at how an Olympic barbell is loaded for world record attempts and is engineered to be safe enough to be able to withstand the best that Olympians can throw at it.

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The Inside Story Of A Placement Student - Week 3
Friday July 15, 2016 at 12:28pm

University Of Cambridge student Jonathan Pawson updates us on his placement progress with Solid Solutions. Week 3

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Fatigue Simulation
Monday June 20, 2016 at 10:53am

A colleague asked me to help her with some Fatigue hand calculations on a simple test piece. No problem I thought – quite straightforward, except it did not turn out that way and I discovered a hole in my understanding that is critically important to getting correct Fatigue life predictions! Hence I have written this blog so that you don’t fall into the same trap as me!

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Simulation Hacks!
Tuesday June 7, 2016 at 10:38am

A typical static analysis simulation starts off by first choosing the material, selecting fixing points, applying loads and finally running our set up. However, what if we could change this type of workflow and continue with our design when some basic information is not yet known?

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Quadcopter Design Study
Thursday November 26, 2015 at 4:09pm

In this Blog post SOLIDWORKS Simulation has been coupled with the ‘Design Study’ tool to run a batch of static studies and optimise a quadcopter frame.

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Load Case and Shell Managers
Thursday September 3, 2015 at 10:54am

SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced two great enhancements for Simulation. The Load Case Manager in Simulation Professional to create load inout variations and the shell manager to better handle analyses of thin walled parts. Learn more about these features in this webinar.

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Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 4:51pm

Generating high quality results and reported outputs is the key to communicating your analysis results- there are many formats available so learn some of the options and how best to extract key results.

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Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 12:09pm

SOLIDWORKS simulation can be a powerful means of validating your designs. Discover the general processes and tips to get the best results in the most efficient time.

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Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 4:04pm

Simulation Standard is a new package of Simulation tools from SOLIDWORKS that enable engineers and designers to test their parts and assemblies, not only for strength and stiffness, but now also for FATIGUE failure (repeated cycling loading) and rigid body MOTION. Experience shows real parts fail more often from fatigue than from any other form of loading. Since a large proportion of structures either move or shake or are subject to alternating pressures or forces, SOLIDWORKS felt it important to provide tools to analyse such situations easily, effectively and affordably

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Simulate the Solar Eclipse with SOLIDWORKS!
Friday March 27, 2015 at 10:26am

Last week there was a cosmic conjunction in my thinking! The partial solar eclipse in the UK coincided with my son needing help with his "Gravitational Field Theory". Could SOLIDWORKS help me understand both?

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New solver in SOLIDWORKS 2015 is over 40% quicker!
Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 9:59am

The new “Intel Direct Sparse” solver was an enhancement that didn’t receive much attention at the 2015 launch event this year, but running some in-house tests has shown this new solver is over 40% faster than the standard Direct Sparse.

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Flow Simulation 2015
Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 4:36pm

This wasn’t included in the release notes for Flow and is just another example of the really cool gems that SOLIDWORKS give away when you start digging around!

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Periodic Domain in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Thursday December 18, 2014 at 4:59pm

The 'Periodic' computational domain option in Flow is little known - but it can be a great tool to use and a real time saver. This blog gives an example of a rack of PCBs in an electronic enclosure to illustrate how it works.

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Bendy Phone
Friday October 17, 2014 at 10:25am

Have you recently broken your new phone by sitting on it accidently? SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help prevent design flaws by stress testing components in a virtual environment to prevent the costly process of trying to correct faults after manufacture.

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Using Design Studies Can Save You Hours!
Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 11:25am

This blog describes how to add a transient time step into a Simulation Design Study. This enables users to graph stress results across time steps to see worst case.

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Stress Values in Specific Places - Sensors
Thursday July 31, 2014 at 4:10pm

An easy way to monitor stress values in critical areas of your model.

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Materials Boot Camp for Simulation Users
Friday May 23, 2014 at 4:02pm

This blog has 6 very useful links to You Tube videos for anyone wanting to know the basics of material science and, in particular, any SOLIDWORKS users who want a refresher before attending a Simulation training course.

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The Secret to Putting at the Masters at Augusta!
Friday May 9, 2014 at 12:00pm

Putt too slow and you will leave the ball short - putt too fast and it will skip the hole. What are the max and min values for a successful putt? Is there an optimum speed for the ball to easily fall into the centre of the hole? This blog shows how SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation allows you to explore this type of dynamic problem using real-world physics.

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Robotics using SOLIDWORKS Motion
Thursday May 8, 2014 at 12:00pm

Robotics isn’t an area many of us are familiar with, but on a recent SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation course we had someone who was very interested in the subject! One of our customers from Loughborough University has dedicated many hours of research to the topic and was keen to understand just how SOLIDWORKS was able to help when it comes to facing the challenges involved when designing robotic assemblies.

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Radiation in Thermal Simulation Studies
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 4:57pm

Radiation is an important means of heat transfer. This blog explains how to set radiation up so that heat can be transferred from one body to the next. A customer recently emailed in a Thermal simulation study to our Technical Support help line with a question about radiation. Prompted by this I delved into a simple test study to do some trials and found a number of important facts that I had not previously realised - which I will pass on to you!

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Creating Rigid Body Groups in Motion
Monday March 24, 2014 at 5:04pm

Rigid Groups in SOLIDWORKS Motion SOLIDWORKS Motion is a great tool for simulating the movement of complex mechanisms. It allows engineers to quantify kinematic and dynamic performance parameters such as velocity, acceleration, energy, torque, power etc. However, Motion users should be aware that care needs to be taken when creating force or torque based results as many real-life mechanisms have in-built redundancies that cause problems for mathematical simulations. To understand mo....

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How to Obtain Pin Slip Force in SOLIDWORKS Simulat
Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 9:10am

Many engineering applications require the use of pins which hold components together by an interference or friction fit.  Knowing how much force it takes to make the pin slip is a key area of the design.    This can be obtained in using SOLIDWORKS Simulation, although the approach requires a bit of thought.  Here we have a pin held in a housing…     Using a “shrink fit” with friction on the contacting faces stresses the two components.&nbs....

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Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 12:25pm

Even after the hype of launch events has died down, we’re still spotting little nuggets of improvement that SOLIDWORKS have put into their latest release.   When using simulation to create a 2D shell mesh, it is now possible to “preview” the virtual thickness when picking which side of the component is used to define it. To see for yourself, choose “Define Shell By Selected Faces” from the simulation tree after creating a study…   Using the....

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Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 4:24pm

Guy Martin and the 112 mph Push Bike Our blog of 6th Jan (Can a Push Bike Be Ridden at 112Mph?) has caused a good deal of interest in a slightly crazy English guy (literally a 'Guy') who has broken the UK land speed record for a push bike. This was featured in a highly watchable Channel 4 TV programme. Achieving 112 mph by pedal power is a pretty amazing feat but it was done with the help of a supercharged racing truck and some clever simulations carried out by Dr Jason Hill at Dynamiq ....

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Monday January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm

On August 13th 2013 Guy Martin reached 112.94mph on bicycle cycling behind a modified racing truck at Pendine Sands, South Wales and became Britain’s fastest cyclist. For the preceding eight months Guy Martin had been working with Dr. Jason Hill of Dynamiq Engineering Ltd (a Solid Solutions customer) to develop the aerodynamic and structural modifications for the racing truck necessary to make this record breaking speed possible.  Dynamiq Engineering Ltd, were tasked by....

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Monday January 6, 2014 at 9:52am

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used to create transient studies where the fluid boundary conditions vary with time. This means that inlet and outlet parameters such as velocity, pressure or temperature can vary over a defined time period.   An interesting application of this is the pressure fluctuations that arise when a pressure pulse from a wave passes around a static solid object - like a leg of a pier or a submerged column in seawater. One of our customers wanted to observe this ph....

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Friday January 3, 2014 at 10:48am

Crash helmet makers have stringent safety requirements when designing new helmets.  Often this can take many design cycles to get right; which means a lot of time and money is spent on practical testing!   SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium can be used to cut out much of this wastage by predicting how well the design will perform in a virtual environment.  Meaning you can test many more ideas!    The video shows an example of a bicycle helmet striking a wall at 30 mph.&nb....

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Thursday January 2, 2014 at 12:33pm

The SOLIDWORKS 2014 discs now have content for multiproducts on them as standard! New additions to the installation manager include SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Composer, so there is no need to download these separately any more! Simply tick the relevant box for the product you want to install and follow through the usual steps.   Upgrading SOLIDWORKS to 2014 couldn't be easier! Why not upgrade today?   Dave Ashford Applications Engineer Solid Solutions Managemen....

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Friday December 20, 2013 at 12:05pm

Christmas is getting close and the pressure to produce the turkey and stuffing whilst getting those little pigs in blankets on the table before the Queen’s speech is mounting and for those with lots of family coming over it’s a certainty that there may be more than one dish in the oven at once but how will your oven cope?    Delphine Genouvrier, a SOLIDWORKS Product Manager, recently ran a series of tests using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics ....

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Thursday December 12, 2013 at 9:00am

HOWZAT!!! Our nation will soon be in mourning when the Australian cricket team claw back those coveted ashes. How can our acclaimed 11 be blown away with such ease by the Aussie bowlers? It is tempting to be critical when you see the ultra-slow-mo of the ball making a mess of the stumps or that little nick to the slips, but consider, for a moment, the speed of events. Mitchell Johnson is hurling the leather at 95 mph. A simple calc tells me that the ball travels the 22 yards from bowler's h....

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Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 2:33pm

SOLIDWORKS Plastics is able to calculate and illustrate the phenomenon of ‘Jetting’ within injection moulded parts. ‘Jetting’ occurs when there is a large amount of empty space in the mould cavity at, or close to, the injection location. Jetting can result in parts that have an undesirable surface finish.       To generate results that will accurately show ‘Jetting’ as it occurs you need to use a ‘Solid Mesh’. Once meshed go in....

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Monday October 7, 2013 at 1:59pm

Buoyancy Calculation in SOLIDWORKS   I have added this blog as it might prove useful to anyone who wants to work out how far beneath the water surface an assy will float. This came up in a training course with our customer Manuplas of Plymouth who make a variety of flotation aids.   Below is an illustration of a typical flotation aid. It is made of a foam internal structure encased in a rubber skin. It has a steel tube through the middle and will have a ballast weight beneath ....

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Friday September 6, 2013 at 5:26pm

If you have ever run a SOLIDWORKS Simulation study with a large number of parts you will be aware that it can take a little time to assign the correct materials to each part.   A useful, but often overooked, technique is to drag/copy materials from one part to the next - within the Parts folder. All you do is select the part (or body) with the material you want to copy and drag it to another part. You don't even have to press CTRL! A yellow symbol appears that shows the destinati....

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Wednesday September 4, 2013 at 10:23am

This is a really useful gem that is hardly noticed or used - but can come in very handy, especially for anyone doing an animation or Motion study.   Suppose you want to illustrate a movement of an assy - some sort of mechanism. Obviously you will switch to the Motion tab and build an animation using the various tools - motors, forces etc or even by dragging the parts to a new position with respect to the time line. However, because the mechanism is free to move it will not necessaril....

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Tuesday August 27, 2013 at 12:07pm

What is it?   Most users will be aware that the Toolbox included in SOLIDWORKS Professional allows for user to quickly add bolts and connections to assemblies, with automatic sizing and mating applied, however the Toolbox also includes some additional tools to help create custom components, add grooves and even calculate stresses and deflections.   The Beam Calculator calculates deflections and stresses of beams using a variety of pre-set loads types, from single fixture loads to d....

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Thursday June 6, 2013 at 9:28am

A new feature has been added to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium 2013. Submodelling allows you to improve the results at local regions of large models without having to rerun the analysis for the whole model. Refining the mesh for selected bodies or parts only and rerunning the analysis for the submodel saves a huge amount of computation and setup time.   After you set up and run a static or nonlinear static study for multibody parts or large assemblies with a relatively coa....

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Thursday May 30, 2013 at 11:49am

Just discovered this useful nugget! This is not in the Help files nor in any training course so SOLIDWORKS have hidden it well :)   My discovery relates to the input load to a 'Modal Time History' study in Linear Dynamics (Simulation Premium). This study type allows us to evaluate how structures respond to dynamic loads over a short time period.   Linear Dynamics users will be aware that we can create a 'Time Curve' of load (or excitation) v time. This can be entere....

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Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 5:23pm

It is surprising what you discover when you browse the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base!   Today, whilst searching for an answer to a customer problem, I came across a useful article that clarified for me how friction works in Simulation. I had sometimes wondered why I didn't always get the friction forces I was expecting - now I know why! Interested? I know it is a bit geeky but if you are using friction in a Static study you really need to know this!   We all know that a simple meth....

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Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 9:43am

  Recently several customers have commented that Simulation Reports are fantastic - except for one annoyance: that you can't show a bespoke orientation or zoom state for the results images. I understand their point as often you need to show a stress concentration which is too small with the default zoomed-out state. They were delighted when I showed them that this can, in fact, be done, you just need to be shown how. So here's how.   The first thing to do is to create a '....

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Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 12:10pm

Hi Design Studies and Optimisation are great tools for exploring how you can improve the design of a part. Design Studies allow you to make changes to Simulation parameters (e.g. loads, materials etc.) as well as dimensions and then monitor the behaviour (e.g. trends in stress or displacement). Optimisation goes even further and fine tunes dimensions to give you the best possible solution within given constraints. However, when running these studies it can be frustrating to discover that ....

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Tuesday February 12, 2013 at 3:39pm

Just found a new capability while teaching the Simulation 2013 training course. This seems to have skipped my attention and is not in any of the 'What's new' documents. The new capability is that you can use the Symmetry Fixture on shells as well as solids. Previously users were forced to cobble together a symmetry restraint by using the 'Reference Geometry' fixture. Now you can simply select the edges of shells in the Symmetry fixture - and you even get a preview of the symmetrical opposit....

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Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 5:54pm

Previous to SOLIDWORKS 2011 modelling carbon fibre in SOLIDWORKS Simulation was pretty limited.  Practically, if the component was anthing other than flat, fibres weren't able to follow the contours of the surface!Since then, model laminated materials with a fibre direction is much improved!  There is now an option to do "surface mapping."  It works similar to how decals can be applied and allows the composite to follows the contours of the surface in almost any directio....

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Friday December 14, 2012 at 9:26am

If you're interested in efficiency with SOLIDWORKS, check out  the new Dell Precision M6700!!  Running a performance test in Flow Simulation compared against a Dell Precision M6500, the M6700 gives around double the speed!The tests were carried out on a series of problems from the Flow Sim training course.  The table below shows the timed results.  The collum on the far right shows the perfomormance improvement...The detailed spec of each machine....Craig HudsonAppications En....

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Wednesday December 12, 2012 at 11:17am

Do you worry about the cost of fuel? I drive a Honda Civic with a diesel engine that gives me about 45mpg - not bad - but not brilliant. Recently, when driving up the M6 I had a little extra time so I decided to stick to 60mph and see how the consumption improved. I was pleased to see the average mpg went up to around 55 mpg. Good! I then noticed that if I drove at a safe but reasonably close distance to a large truck the consumption improved quite dramatically. In fact over a 200 mile journey I....

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Monday December 3, 2012 at 10:10am

SOLIDWORKS eDrawings for iPad was a long time coming but was well worth the wait. Now, eDrawings Professional for iPad adds to the functionality you have available, including measure and mark up, viewing exploded views in SOLIDWORKS files and all the configurations and display states of a model. Now, both eDrawings and eDrawing Pro are available for the iPhone as well as the iPad! If you were at our SOLIDWORKS 2013 Launch events, you may well remember our humorous (well, it was intended to....

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Friday November 9, 2012 at 5:19pm

Hi A customer recently asked me if there is a way of combining stress or displacement results in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. The reason you might need this is as follows. Suppose we have 3 load cases: A, B and C. If we solve these we get 3 sets of results - obviously. But what if we want to combine them - say A+B or A+C or A+B+C or A+2B and so on? This might occur if we run a mechanical load case and a thermal stress analysis separately and then want to combine them. If we can combine them easily - w....

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Tuesday November 6, 2012 at 9:59am

Every struggled to get some good material data from the internet when trying generate accurate simulation models?I found a great page in the SOLIDWORKS help files which has a few websites I didn’t even know about! See below…Metals (general)• MatWebMatWeb provides material properties for a large variety of materials. MatWeb is freely available and does not require registration.• JAHM Temperature Dependent Elastic & Thermal Properties Database. Provide easy access to ove....

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Monday October 29, 2012 at 2:52pm

In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation there are a number of ways in which you can display Result Plots and show them simultaneously on screen.   You can simply Right click on each plot and select show from the menu then arrange the plots on screen for better clarity. The other option you have is to use the “Plot Manager” found in – Flow Simulation > Results > Plot Manager or in the Flow Simulation analysis tree, right-click the Results icon and select Plot Manager.   ....

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Thursday October 18, 2012 at 4:04pm

I have been teaching SOLIDWORKS Motion for the best part of 10 years and yesterday was surprised to discover a new capability that I had no idea existed. It is not covered in any of the training material and I haven't seen it used by a customer - so it is about time it got some publicity! The capability is the ability to give a part an initial velocity. This can be a linear or angular velocity or both. This means that the parts of an assy can be initially moving and don't have to start from rest....

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Friday October 5, 2012 at 5:17pm

Attention all Flow users!!! I have just been experimenting with the brand new 2013 Flow streamline capability - and am very excited :) This is a brand new way of showing flow lines on surfaces or cut plots. The benefit is that it gives the user a detailed understanding of how fluids flow over a surface. This is brilliant for seeing local eddies and vortices. The really clever thing they have done is to harness the power of the graphics card to enhance the plots. As you zoom in it computes more d....

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Wednesday August 22, 2012 at 5:08pm

The bolt connector in SOLIDWORKS is a bit of a mystery if you've never used it.  However here is a quick guide to what the options do if you're ever Simulating an assembly with a bearing in it...Craig HudsonApplications Engineer

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Wednesday August 8, 2012 at 1:15pm

Graham Harris from Blatchford Products explains how SOLIDWORKS Simulation helped them design a state of the art carbon fibre leg for Stuart Hughes, a torch bearer for the London Olympics. What does an Oscar Pistorius-style blade feel like? www.blatchford.co.uk

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Tuesday January 10, 2012 at 12:12pm

I have just discovered a neat extra in Simulation 2012 that is not described in any of the 'What's New' literature - but could save you time. In a nonlinear study there is often a need to report the Reaction Forces across all the time steps. For instance if you were to deform a rubber bushing by applying a prescribed displacement you might want to know how much force needs to be applied at each step - and preferably plot this on a graph. In 2011 this could not be done directly. You needed to use....

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Monday December 19, 2011 at 4:08pm

How symmetrical is your part? If you knew, then you could work on the smallest segment and mirror the body after you've made your changes for easy part modifications. Or for Simulation, you could work with that segment alone to speed up an analysis. Let SOLIDWORKS find out for you. If you have SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium, go to the command search at the top right of the window and type 'Symmetry Check' (will filter as you type). Then just choose the button below - this is your o....

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Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 1:15pm

I discovered this by accident recently and can't think why I haven't used this before. If you want to show off an animated simulation result and at the same time be 'inside' the plot, just use a camera view. The workflow is this: 1. Create a simulation 2. Create a camera view with a wide angle lens 3. Switch to the camera view 4. Animate the simulation result (usually with an exaggerated deformation scale). Move around inside the animation using the camera - controlled either by your mouse or th....

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Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 11:41am

I was teaching the SOLIDWORKS Motion course recently and was surprised by a comment made by a trainee. He said he had not appreciated beforehand how sophisticated Motion was as a tool for solving engineering problems. Other trainees agreed. It seems that many customers regard Motion as a means of creating animations. This may be true for the 'Animation' and 'Basic Motion' options but certainly not for the full 'Motion Analysis' tool (available for all SOLIDWORKS Premium users). The Motion tool ....

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Monday December 5, 2011 at 4:47pm

If you missed our launch events across the country, this Wednesday there will be a live Webcast going through the highlights of the 20th release of SOLIDWORKS. To register for this webcast, go to http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Training/Webcasts.aspx At the launch days, we also launched a new website, exclusively for Solid Solutions Subscription customers www.solidsolutions.tv  As the URL suggests, it is mainly video tutorials, video tips and tricks, as well as archived Webcast....

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Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 4:16pm

SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides a variety of tools to show result forces. These can be very useful and informative. For instance, you may want to know what forces are required to 'hold' a part stationary when subject to an external load. This can then help to decide how robust an adjacent part needs to be. The good news is that with all the simulation studies (except Xpress) we can do this easily. Just rmb on the Results folder and select 'List Result Force...' You can then select 'Reaction Force....

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Thursday October 13, 2011 at 3:37pm

You may have seen my last blog about Simulation reports. Great! But what about reports in Flow Simulation? Well we can also create very neat custom reports in Flow. The report writer is different from the FEA Simulation but also produces great reports in Word. The report writer is accessed from the Flow drop down menu which then allows you to choose a template. There are a set of standard templates with a variety of options for what is included - from 'Results Only' to 'Full Report'. These ....

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Thursday October 13, 2011 at 1:00pm

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has a report writer that generates great looking Word documents - complete with formatted tables, coloured result plots etc. However, did you know you can customise this? Recently I was with a customer who commented he had to keep putting his details (name, company etc) into the report and I realised he had not found out how to customise a standard one. It realliy is very easy and, when you have added your own details, logos, standard text, assumptions, etc, becom....

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Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 3:58pm

Our 2012 training schedules are currently being uploaded to our website. We are aiming to run more courses than ever next year to ensure you have the best opportunity to attend training as locally as possible. Continue to check our training page www.solidsolutions.co.uk/training or subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking here to see new additions to our schedule emailed directly to your inbox.  Adam Hartles Training Manager Solid Solutions Management

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Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 10:14am

SOLIDWORKS 2012 is now available to download from the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal (http://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com) Want to see what's new? Register for a Solid Solutions Launch Event by clicking the banner above or if you can't wait until then... take a look here SOLIDWORKS 2012 DVDs have not been produced yet. As soon as we receive the shipment from SOLIDWORKS Corp, you will receive them automatically as part of your SOLIDWORKS subscription with us. Not on subscription? Se....

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Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 11:40am

Many simulations require repeated reruns when you want to change a value. I was doing a Flow simulation of a racing car for an Educational customer who wanted to see the drag forces at varying speeds. Drag force does not vary linearly with velocity so I needed to do several runs. This is easy if you use the Batch Run tool. Just clone the first project (rmb on project name) and then for each clone change the parameter of interest (in this case velocity). The Batch Run option in not available with....

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Wednesday September 7, 2011 at 12:28am

Registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events are now open! Here at Solid Solutions, we are proud to announce registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events is now open. This year we are pulling out all the stops to make the events for the 20th release of the 3D MCAD package our best yet. Click the image below to register now! Want to be a part of our customer showcase? Email mrushton@solidsolutions.co.uk

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Thursday September 1, 2011 at 5:21pm

As more and more SOLIDWORKS products are developed to meet the design world's needs, have you ever thought, can't someone just give me an overview of what it's all about, in, say, 10 minutes? We thought so, so I did just that: Enjoy, Oliver Duncan - Elite Applications Engineer Solid Solutions Management

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Thursday August 25, 2011 at 11:20am

Have you ever wanted to add mesh controls to a beam and been disappointed? No longer. I recently discovered this useful capability by accident and was surprised that it quietly slipped into SOLIDWORKS 2011 without any fuss or me noticing in the release notes. It is easy to use as you would expect. Below is the Property Manager dialogue and a plot showing a control on one beam (the horizontal one). Enjoy! Andy Fulcher Customer Support Manager Solid Solutions Management Ltd

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Thursday August 25, 2011 at 10:57am

This is a really neat way of getting a great mesh on thin parts. We all know that if we have thin parts we can use shell elements. However, sometimes you might want a solid mesh but one row of elements through a wall thickness isn't really adequate; 2 rows will give better stress results. But, here's the catch, if you simply make the element size very small to get the 2 rows you end up with zillions of elements and long solution times. How then do you square this circle? I picked up the ans....

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