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The Tale of Two Captains Part 2: Captain Marvel

Mike Dady on March 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Well as many of you probably know, Captain Marvel hit theaters last week and from the looks of it is going to be a gigantic hit. One of the people who joined the masses in the theater was our very own Marvel expert Mike Dady. After seeing just how powerful Captain Marvel was on the big screen, we asked Mike to find out exactly how powerful, with the help of SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  

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The Tale of Two Captains Part 1: Captain America

Mike Dady on February 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Captain America's shield is one of the strongest pieces of tech in the Marvel Universe, but how strong? With the release of Captain Marvel next week, we gave Alignex application engineer Mike Dady the task of answering that very question with the help of SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

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Step Up From SimulationXpress for Advanced Design Insights

Tim Spielman on August 9, 2018 at 9:48 AM

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Many SOLIDWORKS users have discovered SimulationXpress to be a very easy-to-use, first-pass analysis tool to test their products and quickly generate reports to document results. While SimulationXpress can certainly help us understand the effects of forces and pressures on individual parts, there are many cases where a more advanced SOLIDWORKS Simulation package will allow us to gain better insight into the design. This can often help us make important design decisions that improve quality, increase performance, and reduce costs.

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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire (Part 3)

In Part 2 of this blog series we looked at what goes into creating an optimization run by:

  • Starting with a motion study of our convertible top.
  • Automatically transferring loads data from the motion to the structural optimizations.
  • Applying shape controls and optimization variables to generate shapes based on our specific needs.

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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire (Part 2)

In part 1 of our blog we covered the business value of driving our design with simulation. In this post it’s time to “get into the weeds” a bit. When setting up simulation studies and specifically optimization, we often think back to setting up proofs or “showing your work” in an exam. If you wanted any partial credit at all before you start trying to solve the problem you need to lay out your: “Givens, Assumptions and Unknowns”.  

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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire

Guest Author - solidThinking Team on February 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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A few months back, we looked at a casting optimization design study we recently completed with our friends at Wisconsin Precision Casting. In that study we used our Click2Cast and Inspire simulation tools to investigate where the real costs for a foundry are and how we can eliminate them? Today I’d like to discuss Inspire in more detail and where it fits in the design process and look at some specific use case examples.

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Discover the Power of Thor's Hammer with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Mike Dady on November 3, 2017 at 11:25 AM

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This week marks the release of Thor: Ragnorak, the highly anticipated 17th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ever since the first trailer dropped back in April many of us around the office have been counting down the days till we finally would be able to see what is next in store for the God of Thunder. 

Well let's just say I couldn't wait that long. Lucky for me there is SOLIDWORKS Simulation, a fantastic tool for testing your design performance in both linear and non-linear dynamic settings. So if it can test the accurate behavior of a bicycle gear or a car suspension, it certainly could be used to test one of the most fearsome and powerful weapons in the Marvel universe right? Let's find out!

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Reduce Product Weight with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Optimization

The Alignex Team on June 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM

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Reducing product weight and improving performance are key goals in most design projects to minimize costs, and differentiate your products. SOLIDWORKS design optimization allows you to quickly size your design to meet performance needs without using excessive amounts of material. 

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Improved Usability and Flexible Access to SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

The Alignex Team on October 18, 2016 at 12:56 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation speeds up the process to find creative breakthroughs for your products, giving you greater insight to your design and improving productivity. With the newest release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017, users not only have access to new tools with enhanced usability, but also have access to those virtual analysis tools with a quarterly or annual licensing option.

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How To Get Started with Nonlinear Structural Analysis [VIDEO]

Tim Spielman on June 10, 2016 at 5:20 PM

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During this short video, we’ll learn the differences between linear and nonlinear analysis, how to determine when you need to use a nonlinear solution, and finally, look at two examples that will give us the basics of setting up a nonlinear simulation study.

By asking the right questions up front and understanding a little about the physics of the problem, we can decide on the most appropriate study type for our simulation. Using the intuitive interface and powerful nonlinear solver in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium module, we can quickly gain valuable insight into how our design will perform, even in complex applications.

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