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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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How to Manage SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results with SOLIDWORKS PDM

Eric Weber on November 24, 2015 at 8:23 AM

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One question that often comes up from users of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (formerly SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM) is how to handle the simulation results files? This can be a difficult question to answer not always knowing different company’s policies. However, we do have some recommendations for using the two applications together.

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Seriously Cool Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2016

Tim Spielman on October 22, 2015 at 2:05 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2016 has several new enhancements to help you be more productive and get your work done faster than ever before. Let’s take a look at three specific areas: meshing, transient analysis and thermal analysis.

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Race to Design Simulation Event

Mike Strand on October 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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Engineers and designers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin joined us on September 23rd for a car-themed simulation event + classic car show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 

For those of you who weren’t there, here are the highlights!

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Virtually Testing a Jumping Drone Part with Linear Static Analysis

Tim Spielman on February 4, 2015 at 10:08 AM

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides easy-to-use design validation tools that allow you to test your product and make important decisions to improve quality and performance early in the product development process. Full integration with the SOLIDWORKS environment means that you won’t waste time with redundant data transfer tasks. There is no need to export your SOLIDWORKS model when you want to run a study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation! With this CAD-embedded technology, design engineers can quickly and easily perform virtual testing before ever building the first prototype. 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation comes in 3 different packages: Standard, Professional, and Premium. Additionally, there are basic simulation capabilities included in SOLIDWORKS Premium. In this article, we will focus on linear static analysis which is available in all of the packages listed above. Linear static analysis allows us to apply static loads to a part or assembly and calculate the resulting stress, strain, displacement, reaction forces, and other parameters that will allow us to improve the quality and performance of our design. The model we will be analyzing is the wheel assembly for the Parrot MiniDrone Jumping Sumo.

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Simulating the Injection Mold Stages of a Jumping Drone Part

Dean Schley on January 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics is the missing link for a truly collaborative product development strategy. You don‘t have to be an expert to use SOLIDWORKS Plastics, it is used in the product development process by Design Engineers, Mold Makers and Plastics Injection Manufacturers. 

The analysis tools of SOLIDWORKS Plastics allow you to simulate the Fill, Pack, Warp and Cooling stages on manufacturing a part. Let's take a look at these tools in action on a wheel spokes hub from a Parrot MiniDrone Jumping Sumo.

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