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Setting up a Non-Linear Analysis with SolidWorks Simulation

Posted by Gabe Enright on February 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Jay's next Simulation video reviews setting up a typical Non-Linear analysis using SolidWorks Simulation.  In order to perform Non-Linear analysis you need Simulation premium.  If your products utilize materials with non-linear behaviors such as plastics or rubbers, or loads that stress materials beyond their yield point you should consider performing Non-Linear studies on them.  These studies can answer questions like, "Is my part strong enough?" Is my part over designed and can I remove material?"  "Could I be using a different material?"

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Tips for Meshing in SolidWorks Simulation

Posted by Gabe Enright on February 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Jay is back with another YouTube video.  This time he's got some tips for meshing your models with SolidWorks Simulation.  The accuracy of any FEA study is dependant on the quality of the mesh.  SolidWorks simulation has a many robust Meshing options and Jay reviews them here.

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Introduction to SolidWorks Simulation

Posted by Gabe Enright on December 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM

SolidWorks has great tools for analyzing your designs.  SolidWorks Simulation has tools for doing Stress Analysis, Thermal, Vibration, and many more.  What the different capabilities are and how you can get them is often confusing for many people.  Jay recorded a video blog entry going over the different analysis types and what version of Simulation or SolidWorks you need to be able to perform that type of analysis. 

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How to Model an Epicycloid Curve in SolidWorks

Posted by Gabe Enright on November 30, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Disclaimer:  This is probably my geekiest post to date.  There is a lot of math and my explanation of the theory is not likely to be entirely accurate.  You have been warned.

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Taking SolidWorks Animations for a Spin

Posted by Gabe Enright on November 15, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Being down at Foxwoods Casino for our User Conference must have inspired Jon S. from the New York office.  He created a great video showing you how to create an animation of a Roulette wheel using SolidWorks Simulation Motion.  Check it out, it shows how you can apply friction, motors and contacts using Simulation Motion which is part of SolidWorks Premium. 

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SolidWorks World 2011 Presentations Available Online

Posted by Jess Levasseur on March 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM


Even if like me you got to go to SolidWorks World there is no way that you'd be able to see everything you want.  There are dozens of sessions happening simultaneously.  If there are two happening at the same time you want to see you have to decide which you'll sacfrifice. 

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Get Your Ducks in a Row with SolidWorks Width Mate

Posted by Jess Levasseur on February 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM

In the past if you wanted center one component on another you often had to resort to reference geometry.  You would either design your parts symmetrically about a plane, or create a plane between down the center of the geometry.  This wasn't hard to do in SolidWorks, and with the new "Width" plane option its even easier.  But why bother when you can use the advanced "Width Mate?"  John's latest video shows you how the width mate can allow you to get your parts aligned correctly in SolidWorks even faster.

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Faster SolidWorks Assembly creation with Multi-Mate

Posted by Jess Levasseur on February 8, 2011 at 12:39 PM

With the holidays and preparations for SolidWorks World 2011, John took a little break from his weekly video tips.  With all that over he's back and this week he's got a nice overview of Mult-Mate. 

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Tips and Tricks: Changing Sketches from John

Posted by Jess Levasseur on November 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

We've posted another of John's Tips & Tricks videos over on YouTube.  If you've ever had to make changes to a sketch and it was dimensioned or constrained in a way that made it difficult you should check out this video.  SolidWorks has some great tools for changing sketches and others for fixing problems in them when they occur. 

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Tips and Tricks for Reference Planes and Centerlines from John

Posted by Jess Levasseur on November 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Johns latest video tips are centered around reference planes and center-lines.  SolidWorks 2010 revamped the interface for creating planes making the creation of certain planes a lot easier.  If you work with molded parts with draft, imported parts with planes in the wrong places, or any part with symmetry you'll find John's tips this week useful.

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