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Each node in a model meshed for a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) study has six degrees of freedom or DOF. Three are translational and three are rotational. In order to stabilize the model, the nodes’ DOF must be constrained.

In this guide, we cover SOLIDWORKS Simulation fixture preview icons and what they represent. While building SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies, it is important to create the right fixtures so that the results are accurate. By understanding the fixture preview icons and how they relate to the different types of fixtures, it becomes much easier to quickly create the correct fixtures.

Iso Clipping is a post-processing tool available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. It allows us to modify the display of a result plot to cut away regions of the model above or below a certain value. It can also be used to show a range between two values and view surfaces of up to six specified values. Isolating areas of very high or low stress can be informative when investigating failures and optimizing designs.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a multipurpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool directly integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. In this blog, we’ll showcase the top five fluid flow scenarios. These use cases outline how Flow Simulation can help answer your toughest design questions.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation features several easy-to-use results analysis tools that make understanding and analyzing results more convenient. You can find these tools in a few different locations. The two options below are the most common, other than finding them in the Flow Simulation tab in the CommandManager. 

This article is a companion to this SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tutorial. In it, Free Surfaces are used in combination with time-dependent gravity to simulate water flowing out of a pitcher when rotated 90 degrees. The Transient Explorer is employed in order to view the results of this study, specifically the motion of the water over time.   

In this tutorial, we perform a SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tracer Study to find the carbon monoxide concentration within the air as it travels across a room. The design will consist of an internal study using the top of a stove surface as a heat source. As the surrounding air heats up, it causes it to spread out, which then exits through a ceiling fan at the top. A cut plot along with a flow trajectory can confirm the movement of air in the room.


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. 


SOLIDWORKS Plastics Feb 01, 2024

SOLIDWORKS Plastics comes pre-loaded with a wide variety of materials used for injection molding. The built-in database includes common polymers, metals, and coolants derived from data provided by different manufacturers. But what if a project in development uses a material that isn’t found in this list?


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