Who wouldn’t want a shortcut for studying? Let me present to you the fastest way to create a new Simulation Study in SOLIDWORKS!
We will customize the Shortcut Toolbar in SOLIDWORKS to add an icon that will instantly start our new Study. If you haven’t met the Shortcut Toolbar before, allow me to introduce you to it: press the “S” key while in SOLIDWORKS. The toolbar of icons which appears is customizable. There are lots of Simulation icons you could add to it, but I’m going to tell you about a secret one.
- Go to Tools > Customize > Shortcut Bars
- From the “Toolbar” pulldown list, select “Simulation” to see all the Sim icons to pick from.
- Grab the rainbow-colored block that does not have any other symbols on it.
- Drag it onto the Part and/or Assembly Shortcut Toolbar.
Creating A New Study
To try it out, open a Part or Assembly, hit the “S” key to invoke your customized toolbar, and click the now-familiar rainbow block icon. You’ll get this Study setup, instantly:
As you can see above, a Static type of Study is created. Also, a Gravity Load is created automatically, in the negative Y direction. You can delete it if you don’t want it. Add any additional Study definition you desire, and Run!
Where Did It Come From?
This secret icon was introduced many years ago when Weldments and Beam Mesh elements were first coupled within the user interface of SOLIDWORKS Simulation. In fact, this little icon used to be hidden on the Weldments toolbar only! Because of its origins in the Weldment environment, the gravity load is applied automatically since the analysis of many welded structures must take into account self-weight.
Those of you who are really clever might be thinking, “But wouldn’t it be even faster to put this icon into the Mouse Gestures?”. Yes, it would be faster, however this icon isn’t available as one of the Mouse Gesture choices. C’est dommage!