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With SOLIDWORKS Simulation it is possible to test your design during the engineering phase of your project. It’s a powerful tool to provide you direct answers to difficult engineering questions. And to get the right answers, it is important that you interpret the results of your Simulation study in the correct way. But sometimes a high stress value at a certain location is difficult to clarify.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 hours ago
Download Needle Holder: This part was designed to hold three ball needles used for inflating soccer balls or basketballs and attaches directly to a tire pump cylinder. This part includes static simulation studies with it and was then created with 3D printer. There are three pictures of the finished part included with this part in the “Design Journal document located in the “Design Binder” folder. Download this part to see a model created in SolidWorks and then see it finished as a 3D printed
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 day ago
Hello SOLIDWORKS community and welcome back for part two of this three part series involving Pinewood Derby racing. In this video we will be performing some virtual Pinewood Derby races using our various designs to see which one will be the fastest. If we’ve done a good job we should be able to beat our control car. I hope you enjoy watching the results that we found, and will continue watching in part three of this SOLIDWORKS series.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 days ago
Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, co-authored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Coandă effect By Julien Boissat Free Surface is one of the coolest features to be added in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation in years. It allows two-phase flows, like water and air or two immiscible liquids. Most people use it for water and air to simulate real-world interactions like the wake behind a boat or sloshing
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 days ago
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Tech Tip Written by: Cheri Guntzviller-Miesen, Electrical Application Specialist, DASI Solutions Ever want to put a Watermark on your Electrical prints? How about a rubber stamp for Proprietary, As Built, Final Build to show only when you are ready to release drawings? This can easily be attained inside of SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic with just a slight adjustment to the Titleblocks. To accomplish this, a layer needs to be created for each rubber stamp or watermark that
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
Hello SOLIDWORKS community and welcome to this three part video series where we will talk about the awesome world of Pinewood Derby racing. This was the first year that my son and I were able to experience the Pinewood Derby together, so like any good engineer dad I thought that we should go overboard in how we prepared for the project. We will see what I thought to be a good design after doing a lot of research on the topic, and then analyze the design in a virtual wind tunnel. After that we
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 days ago
In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the new PDM features and enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2018. PDM Standard The first major change which occurs in 2018 is a change to the PDM naming scheme and support. From SOLIDWORKS 2018 onward, Workgroup PDM is no longer supported and has been replaced by SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. This means that if you are currently using SOLIDWORKS 2017 (or earlier) with Workgroup PDM and want to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2018, you will also have to upgrade (or migrate)
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 days ago
Introduction to Composites A composite material is a mixture of two or more materials. This is usually a stiff unidirectional fiber combined with a softer matrix element. The goal of such a mixture is to get desirable overall properties that each individual material could not provide. Composites usually exhibit good strength to weight ratio and is used primarily in the Aerospace and Biomedical applications or sporting goods like tennis racquets.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
Creating symbols within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Whilst SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides a vast library of symbols it’s possible the symbol you need is not available, this is especially true with Line Diagram Symbols. This is due to these being a more picturesque type symbols. So how can I quickly create these symbols? First you will need an image to use in the symbol;
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days ago
Welcome back SOLIDWORKS Users to this awesome tutorial where we are celebrating Deadpool’s frequent Fourth wall breaks in this 4 part series. We’ve successfully reworked Wade Wilsons head to be a sharp tool holder. In this final part of the series let’s add a few final details to the top of the head, and we’ll use the Boundary Cut tool to hollow out the bottom of the bust to save on material while 3D printing.  Check out part one, part two, or part three of this series if you missed them!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
Every version of SOLIDWORKS contains SimulationXpress capability to carry out first pass stress analysis on your parts. If you are lucky enough to have SOLIDWORKS Premium, then you also get the linear static analysis simulation add-in. In addition to this, SOLIDWORKS offers a number of simulation add-ins that run within Simulation Standard, Simulation Professional, and Simulation Premium. Each provides the user with more simulation capability from basic linear static analysis in Simulation
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
19 days ago
Linear Pattern – Instance to Vary Pattern features are the productivity tools SOLIDWORKS that get your modelling task done faster. The basic patterning method might not be sufficient when you would like to create complicated geometry. If we were to do a linear pattern on this extrude boss, we can imagine the pattern that is being linear patterned on will have the same image throughout. What if we want the same extrude cut but different in size?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
20 days ago
The DimXpert tools in SOLIDWORKS MBD allow you to dimension your parts and assemblies with 3D annotations in order to communicate requirements directly in 3D for the manufacturing process. DimXpert dimensions can show widths, lengths, diameters, and several other features and tolerances so you can fully represent your part. But what if one section of your part needs to have different tolerances than other sections? For example, this purple gearbox shaft, shown in Figure 1, is connected to
SOLIDWORKS Blog
20 days ago
We here at Alignex receive a lot of questions regarding the functionality of the SOLIDWORKS software. One of the questions we receive often is how to take a standard image file and make it compatible with your Draftsight software. In this video, Alignex engineer Eric Weber walks you through the step by step process of how to convert any image file into a DXF file. [Begin Video Transcription]
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
21 days ago
Normally, I’m a Technical Manager at SOLIDWORKS, but this summer, I’ll be spending my days playing the role of an obnoxious CAD know-it-all on the URB-E design team. I’ll be getting on the nerves of my teammates by constantly demanding them to up their game, forcing them to adopt new and efficient CAD features, and pushing them to output the best looking and functioning designs possible – anything but the status quo. Hilariously, my co-workers claim this new role will not be far off from the
SOLIDWORKS Blog
21 days ago
Download Mounting Plate Stamping: There are two configurations in this multi-body solid model. One configuration is open and one that is collapsed. A master “layout” sketch helps to plan and organize the ribs and stretchers in the two configurations. With help from the layout sketch, the geometry can be easily created and the components line up as desired.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
22 days ago
SOLIDWORKS PCB —powered by Altium— is a new software solution focused on integrating electrical and mechanical design. SOLIDWORKS PCB enables the productivity you need to design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) quickly along with unique collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams. In order to efficiently manage your PCB design workflow, it is important to be thorough and detailed in the initial set up of your designs. You can ensure a successful PCB layout by correctly setting
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
23 days ago
Hey there, SOLIDWORKS community and Deadpool lovers! Welcome to part 3 of our 4-part series where we are redesigning the Regenerating Degenerates head as a sharp tool holder. Up to this point we’ve successfully imported a mesh of Deadpool’s bust as a solid into SOLIDWORKS, scaled it to the desired size, and simplified the top of the skull a bit. Now, with all of our reference planes laid out, let’s start adding the slots in the top of his head for our various tools.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
24 days ago
I love visuals in place of linear data, vis-à-vis spreadsheets. Even though Excel is actually a piece of software Microsoft nailed, I still find myself wanting to see my data in something more than rows and columns, especially at 4 in the afternoon when it’s easy to get cross-eyed. I’ve come across countless organizations where Excel is used rampantly and as the habitual default – even when there are professional tools available to them. With all of the PDM conversations I’ve had, I’ve started
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
25 days ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions There are several methods that are capable of reducing the overall footprint of our vault on a hard drive. Here we will discuss 2 methods: Compression and Cold Storage. As noted below, each of these has their own benefit and caveat. It is important to keep this in mind before implementing either solution.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
26 days ago
What is SOLIDWORKS Routing?SOLIDWORKS Routing is an add-in that allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling, saving you many hours of modelling against traditional methods. In this article we want to show you the benefits of using this package. We know that projects often have tight deadlines, so saving time at any stage can take some pressure off.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
27 days ago
Reaching a Steady-State SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allows for the simulation of steady-state and transient heat transfer problems. A steady-state analysis is run to determine how the heat transfer of a system stabilizes (i.e. becomes unchanging). A steady-state solution does not inform the analyst of how much time it takes for the system to stabilize. However, a transient heat transfer analysis can be run to determine the amount of time for the system to reach steady-state.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
28 days ago
The Misaligned Mate is a new mate introduced to the mating ecosystem in SOLIDWORKS 2018. In short, it’s a pair of concentric mates that have been relaxed so that the axes aren’t perfectly in line. Meaning that components that do not have identical hole centres can now be mated to one another. An example of this could be imported, or “bought in” components, where modifying the centre to centre dimensions is not viable.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Welcome, SOLIDWORKS users, to part 2 of our 4-part series where we are designing a Deadpool inspired tool holder. No better place to hold our sharp tools than the Regenerating Degenerates head. In part 1 of the series we successfully imported successfully imported Deadpool’s head into SOLIDWORKS and we have him positioned in the work area. In this part of the series we’ll begin manipulating the bust – scaling it to the desired size and simplifying the top surfaces of the head a bit.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago