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If you need to share SOLIDWORKS Simulation data that is either protected sensitive design information or with someone who can't open SOLIDWORKS files, there are a couple of different options for exporting Simulation study results to other file formats. This can also be very useful for those who don't have the option of sending the full SOLIDWORKS file with the study and results.  


Gauss points are the points within each SOLIDWORKS Simulation element where the actual analysis happens. These are the points where the stress and strain outputs of SOLIDWORKS Simulation are calculated. SOLIDWORKS Simulation users can see nodal and element value plots by right-clicking on the plot of his/her choice then clicking edit definition. In the Advancearand Options, you will see node value and element value options.


At some point, a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user comes across a study that will not solve because there is something wrong with the no penetration contact sets that they have set up. In this article, I cover some of the investigative troubleshooting methods to employ when you suspect one or more no penetration contact sets in the analysis setup is incorrect and something needs to be changed for the study to be solved.
In this article, we will illustrate one method of setting up one of the most complex load patterns SOLIDWORKS Simulation has available: a piecewise non-uniform pressure distribution. Also, a comparison to an alternative method using split lines will be discussed near the end of the article.
Changing units in the SOLIDWORKS user interface could not be simpler. Go to Tools>Options>Document Properties>Units to change the units that are being used within the SOLIDWORKS design environment. There is also the units' popup menu in the bottom right-hand corner of the SOLIDWORKS screen. Changing units within the SOLIDWORKS Simulation environment is a little more involved but still simple.
In our SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional course, I usually get a lot of questions from students when discussing No Penetration Contact Sets and how to set them up correctly. In this article, I'll answer those frequently asked questions and offer tips for no penetration contact setup in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
What do bearing connectors do? When using SOLIDWORKS Simulation, a bearing connector simulates the support and movement between a housing support and a shaft, without needing a physical bearing component. This is a little different than a bearing fixture.
J. Michael McCarthy of University of California Irvine (UCI) teaches a course focused on the design of walking machines. These walking machines have a lot of components and mates, so simulating them using SOLIDWORKS Motion Analysis can be a huge performance “hog”. In this article, we show a technique that is used to simplify assemblies and make this hog run fast.
This article details how to use the two double carrot blue buttons at the bottom of the plot chart in some SOLIDWORKS Simulations as well as how to make Frequency charts colorless.