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One important consideration when studying a design is how natural frequencies can cause structures to undergo resonance. This effect became famous back in 1940 when the cause of the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse is still studied by many engineering schools today. Fast forward to the present, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Natural Frequency Analysis is now included as part of the Simulation Professional package. Not only will this allow designers to analyze this behavior, but the results are relatively easy to obtain.


This guide will go over how to set up a Thermal Study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional. This tutorial will demonstrate two different examples: a steady-state thermal analysis a time-dependent study.

Drop Tests are a kind of study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium that simulates dropping a model on the ground. Drop Tests are the only type of study in SOLIDWORKS Professional that utilizes a dynamic solver. Though SOLIDWORKS is performing complex calculations in the background, Drop Tests are easy to set up as a user. 


Did you know that your SOLIDWORKS Simulation software comes with FREE tutorials? You can open the models used in these tutorials and follow along with the step-by-step instructions in SOLIDWORKS. This article will show you how to find and access a large library of free SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorials that come free with the purchase of SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Practice using SOLIDWORKS Simulation with these tutorials on your own time for free. 

In this article, get a sneak peek at what’s new for SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Flow Simulation, and Plastics. To check out everything new in SOLIDWORKS 2022 register to attend our 3D CAD conference either virtually or at a location near you. Event details are listed here.

Motion Analysis is the highest level of SOLIDWORKS Motion Studies. It is available with SOLIDWORKS Premium and any tier of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and grants access to gravity, contact sets, loads, dampers, springs, and motors and allows us to analyze the effects of motion. 


In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the default mesh size is the value that is initially assigned to the Global Size field of the Standard Mesh, but also influences the maximum and minimum used in Curvature Based meshes. What factors decide the default mesh size?


The rattleback is a stone shrouded in ancient mystery. Why is it that this stone only spins one way? Does it have no regard for conservation of angular momentum? In this article, we first present a naïvely constructed rattleback. Then we improve its performance with SOLIDWORKS Motion optimization. 

In this article, we compare tetrahedron and hexahedron elements and show an example of why the latter can be important to implement into your FEA (Finite Element Analysis) studies. To compare the tetrahedron to the hexahedron element, I ran a simple impact test in a few different FEA tools. I scaled the mesh size so that it took approximately 1000 seconds to solve each study.