Last week, we released the first video of a four-part series showcasing our process of designing and 3D printing a skin-on-frame kayak. We theorized that with SOLIDWORKS solutions, designing and testing a skin-on-frame kayak would take far less effort than traditional methods, allowing us to ultimately 3D print and build a full size kayak with relative ease, to test on open waters. In the first video segment we completed the initial design in SOLIDWORKS, allowing us to move on to testing it.
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of a design. Fully embedded with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation intuitive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) tool allows us to simulate liquid and gas flow in real world conditions, run “what if” scenarios, and efficiently analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer, and related forces on immersed or surrounding components. With Flow we can compare design variations to make better decisions to create products with superior performance, including our kayak design.
In this second video of the four-part 3D printed kayak series we move on from the overall design of the kayak in SOLIDWORKS to testing the frame geometry for buoyancy issues. Watch the webinar to learn how we answer three basic boat building questions with the help of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation:
– Will it float?
– Will it be stable?
– Will it be fast?
We also show how we were able to create a stability curve, and how we used SOLIDWORKS Flow to find the predicted drag.