Shells in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015: Part 1 (Basics)

Let’s talk about shells in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. As a general rule, it’s good to consider using them if thin geometry is present. Yet we often see people stubbornly sticking with solid bodies, probably because there is less initial setup required. But when dealing with very thin parts, you might find yourself stretching both the resources of your system as well as your […]


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Smartcut: Using Power Select in Simulation

I recently was working on a somewhat complex model from a customer in Simulation, and I used the Power Select tool in SOLIDWORKS to help make the job easier. Here’s a cut view of an example model so that you can see all the small faces where I needed to apply a pressure loading, and hopefully you […]


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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Product Manager Showcase: What’s New in Simulation

The SOLIDWORKS annual release starts with feedback provided by you, our community, and finds its way to the people responsible for including your request in our annual release. For SOLIDWORKS 2015, we wanted to introduce you to some of the people responsible for the new features and let them describe their favourite tools included in […]


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Sneak Peek: 15 Features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Rotating Mesh Region for Flow Simulation

Each year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version of it’s flagship product. This year, during the 15 days prior to the release of SOLIDWORKS 2015 we’re taking a look at 15 of our favourite new features coming in this feature packed release. Rotating Mesh Region capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enable Product Engineers to analyze the fluid flow […]


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Designing for Manufacturing, Fit for Purpose

I find it interesting how 3D Printing is all the rage now, even though it’s been around for decades.  Obviously the price of 3D printing has been reduced substantially, which has created much more mainstream demand.  3D printing is a great way to test a product, and it’s pretty fun.  In the same way 3D […]


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SolidWorks: Assuming Small Displacement: The Large Displacement Flag

SolidWorks Simulation Premium includes a variety of analysis types. An assumption that Linear Static analysis makes is that the stiffness of the structure remains constant no matter what type of load is being applied. This is usually a good assumption when the displacements are relatively small. But what about in cases when the load is […]