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SOLIDWORKS Simulation users often want to know how they can make their simulations run smoother and quicker. When it comes to meshing bodies in Simulation, it is often a goal to simplify the geometry to make the meshing process smoother. Unfortunately, the difficulty increases with thin components as it requires an increase in mesh size, which increases the number of elements. This often leads to larger solve times and wasted productivity. 


Design Studies are a tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation that allows us to evaluate or optimize designs by seeing how they perform when selected parameters are changed. These parameters can be model dimensions, global variables, Simulation or Motion study properties, or materials applied to bodies.


Since I started beekeeping, I've always wondered what happens during the winter. How do the bees stay warm? In this article, we use SOLIDWORKS to perform a thermal and flow simulation to analyze how much energy bees use to maintain the temperature they need to survive. 


After solving a study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, exact numerical values of the result plot can be obtained from specific faces or nodes in the model using the Probe feature for post-processing. This article demonstrates how to use the Probe tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to see results on specific nodes or on particular faces/entities.  


Welcome to part three of our five-part series that provides guidance on optimizing your workstation purchase for different CAD workflows. This article will focus on Structural and Plastics Simulation. In each article, we discuss which components of the workstation are essential to that particular workflow and develop some sample configurations to help optimize your spending budget.   



Abaqus Jul 26, 2023

Each FEA tool on the market contains its own selection of solvers and solution procedures that may or may not be able to represent these phenomena with varying degrees of efficiency and accuracy. Abaqus excels at having a widely applicable and highly efficient solver portfolio. Let’s take a closer look at the many applications of that broad and deep FEA toolbox. 

SIMULATION Jul 25, 2023

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) is a powerful discipline that enables engineers to design, analyze, and optimize complex systems and structures more efficiently and accurately. It has revolutionized the way engineering is done and will continue to be a critical component of the engineering process in the future. If you are looking to bring Finite Element Analysis (FEA) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software in-house, there are a few things you should know before you buy.   

As a design progresses, engineers move on to more detailed analyses to validate the design. This is where SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be leveraged to quickly analyze individual components and multi-part assemblies in a range of loading conditions. However, as designs become more complex, the limitations of SOLIDWORKS Simulation become apparent, and more powerful tools like Abaqus are required. This article helps you determine when is a good time to upgrade. 




In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to add a torsional spring to a SOLIDWORKS Motion study. In order to affect how a hinge assembly responds to the forces of gravity and a motor, we'll add a damper, which dissipates energy, and a torsional spring, which stores it.