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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Results

Sean Stiehm on November 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Welcome to part 6 of our Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation series. This time we will be showing you how to run the study and interpret your results.

If you haven't seen our previous entries, here is where to get caught up:

Part 1: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
Part 2: Prepping Your Geometry
Part 3: Assigning Materials
Part 4: Fixtures and Loads
Part 5: Meshing

Video Transcription

Now that we've applied our materials, defined our connections, specified our fixtures and loads, and generated our mesh, it's time to run the study.

After the calculations are complete, SOLIDWORKS Simulation will automatically create a Results folder with default results plots. You can choose which default plots are created. Click the Simulation menu, then Options, then Default Options.

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Results

To create additional plots, simply right click on the Results folder and choose one of the available plot types including stress, strain, displacement, safety factor and more.

Here we're viewing a Von Mises stress plot. The legend is initially scaled to the minimum and maximum plot values, but you can edit the legend to appear however you'd like. Click the top or bottom value to change the upper and lower limits. Double click on the legend to access the full set of Chart Options.

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Results

There are several plot tools available to help us visualize the results:

Section plots can be used to slice through the model at specific locations.

The Isoclipping tool isolates areas above or below a specific value. This allows us to quickly identify the highest stress locations, for example.

The Probe tool will show you result values at specific locations within the model.

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Results

In many cases, the deformation is really small and difficult to see at true scale. If you double click on the plot in the Results folder, you'll see an option to change the deformation scale. This allows us to more easily visualize the deflection of the structure. Right click and select Animate to see it move dynamically for even greater insight into how the design performs under load.

All of these plots can be saved as static images or 3D eDrawing files, which can then be shared or viewed by non-SOLIDWORKS users with the free eDrawings tool. With the click of a button, you can even generate a formatted report that documents the study setup information and results.

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Results

Thank you for watching our SOLIDWORKS Simulation Getting Started video series. We hope this information helps you get a head start on your first few analysis projects. For additional help, be sure to utilize the in app tutorials. I also encourage you to create an account at which contains hundreds of hours of free training content.

For a more hands-on approach, we invite you to attend one of our instructor lead training classes at an Alignex office nearest you.

Thanks for watching! Check out our Simulation Video & Resource Library for other related content. 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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