Welcome to part 3 of our Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation series. This time we will be walking you through the process of creating your study and assigning materials.
If you haven't seen our previous entries, here is where to get caught up:
Now that we've simplified the geometry, let's create the study and assign materials.
If materials were assigned when you were designing the CAD model, they’ll automatically be brought into the simulation study. If you didn't assign them when you designed the CAD model, then we can assign them now while we set up the simulation.
One thing to note - Assigning or changing materials in the simulation doesn't affect the SOLIDWORKS CAD model. This allows us to run quick what-if scenarios to see how different materials affect the model’s performance.
The SOLIDWORKS database contains a large number of materials to choose from. Additionally, if you have a license of Simulation Professional or Premium that's currently on subscription, you have access to an extended database on Matereality.com.
If you cannot find the material you need in either of these locations, you can create a custom material and enter the properties yourself.
For a Static study, there are four properties that need to be defined:
- Elastic modulus
- Poisson's ratio
- Yield strength
- Material density
You can find many of these properties by checking the material’s datasheet, contacting the supplier or by simply searching online.
If you frequently use the same materials, you can save them to your Favorites list for quicker access. You can also store materials in a shared location so everyone at the company can use them. Simply add the folder location in System Options > File Locations > Material Databases.
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Written by Sean Stiehm
Sean Stiehm is a Product Specialist at Alignex, Inc. His days are spent showing businesses how they can leverage SOLIDWORKS ancillary tools to streamline specific processes, get products to market faster and reduce costs associated with product development, prototyping & manufacturing. When not working, you're most likely to find him flying his sUAS or wandering a trout stream somewhere in the driftless region.