SolidWorks Simulation

SolidWorks Simulation lets you test products for defects before they’re built, helping prevent errors early in the design process. It’s powerful enough for trained FEA analysts, yet easy enough for product designers. SolidWorks Simulation can even help you optimize your designs for maximum performance and savings.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: SOLIDWORKS Edition

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: SOLIDWORKS Edition

SOLIDWORKS has made it so easy for us to access our favorite things throughout the user interface. We’ve already discussed how we can use Mouse Gestures and the S-key to access our favorite commands and views, with just a click or swipe of a button. There are many other ways to quickly access and set […]

SOLIDWORKS: The CAD Platform Of The Future

SOLIDWORKS: The CAD Platform Of The Future

For those of us who use SOLIDWORKS on a regular basis, it can be easy to view the software as nothing more than a tool to create the 3D models needed to convey our design concepts. And that in itself is powerful, but the problem is this: if we are limited to seeing SOLIDWORKS only […]

7 More SOLIDWORKS Simulation Hacks – Default Options to Change

7 More SOLIDWORKS Simulation Hacks – Default Options to Change

About a year ago, I shared with you the factory settings that I prefer to override for SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and I only had room in the post for four system settings to change. I promised more, and here they are: the study-specific settings to change. These tech tips have to do with the settings found […]

Close Monitor: Why Do We Even Have That Button?

Close Monitor: Why Do We Even Have That Button?

Recently I was talking to a coworker here at CAPINC who reminded me of the “Close Monitor” option in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. While the option is great, it is surprising how few people know about it. After several rounds of extoling the great virtues of Close Monitor, somebody in the room finally had the courage […]

Plotting Hot Spots In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

Plotting Hot Spots In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

Unlike with dogs, there is no need to visit your local veterinarian if your SOLIDWORKS part gets a hot spot. You can observe them and make decisions of how to deal with them (neither ointment nor antibiotics will be needed), if you have high concentrations of stress distributed over very small surface areas on concentrated along […]

Fixing Mesh Singularities In FEA

Fixing Mesh Singularities In FEA

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has two main ways of mapping a Finite Element mesh onto your CAD geometry – the “Standard” mesher and the “Curvature Based” mesher. In training classes and in prior CAPUniversity webinars and presentations, I’ve always advised that the Curvature mesher is best for single parts, especially parts with thin walls and lots of fillets and rounds […]

Contact Situations In Simulation: Shrink Fit And Non-Linear No Penetration

Contact Situations In Simulation: Shrink Fit And Non-Linear No Penetration

When you have parts that come in contact with each other and there will either be expected strain or displacement, you can sometimes economize your study by using shrink fit vs non-linear studies. If you have a displacement condition, you may be able to get away with using shrink fit instead of solving a non-linear […]

When Gates Become A Gating Issue

When Gates Become A Gating Issue

In SOLIDWORKS Plastics there are only three steps required to run a basic filling study: create a mesh, choose a material, and set the gate (injection) location. Today, I am going to focus on a few tricks for setting up gates in SOLIDWORKS Plastics, and explain what may be causing (incorrect) unequal filling in your […]

Instant SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study Shortcut

Instant SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study Shortcut

Who wouldn’t want a shortcut for studying? Let me present to you the fastest way to create a new Simulation Study in SOLIDWORKS! Shortcut Toolbar 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 […]

5 Expert Tips For Designing Better Plastic Parts

5 Expert Tips For Designing Better Plastic Parts

If you have ever been tasked with designing a plastic part, you undoubtedly have hit some snags on the way to getting the part into production. In school, you learn that injection molding allows for almost limitless creativity (and it’s true that injection molding does allow for a remarkable amount of design flexibility, while also […]