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So why is Simulation Standard a big deal? Simulation Standard is the entry level Simulation offering from SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard offers exceptional functionality for the cost. Because of this Simulation Standard becomes a big deal. Let us back up a moment and talk about the Simulation offerings SOLIDWORKS offers leading up to Simulation Standard. Every seat of SOLIDWORKS comes with SimulationXpress. SimulationXpress is a tool that only allows a user to analyze individual parts, but limits the mesh, fixture, load and post-processing options. SimulationXpress in my opinion is the trailer before the movie. SimulationXpress offers good functionality but ultimately gets the user excited about using full Simulation. SOLIDWORKS Premium offers what I call the "Foundation of Simulation". With SOLIDWORKS Premium the user has access to the full Linear Static analysis tool. This tools offers analysis of Parts, and Assemblies. A complete tool...
One of my favorite times of the year is Trade Show Season. 3DVision Technologies has historically had a booth at AMTS in Dayton (Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Show) and Design to Part located in Akron this year. We typically have a booth to showcase 3D printed parts and Printers, and a screen we use to demonstrate SOLIDWORKS. Every year I try to bring something new for our display and this year will be no different. My boss asked me to come up with something BIG for the shows. We recently held an Open House and one of the give-aways I had produced in mass was a bike chain. It was fully functional, although a little small. My thoughts were to build a "Do Nothing Machine", something that could be used to demonstrate various mechanisms. The chain and sprocket, along with different gears, bearings,...
SOLIDWORKS Electrical is almost four years old. Announced in August 2012, it was SOLIDWORKS’ foray into the electrical design world, offering a fresh, new interface, innovative features and a way to allow collaboration between the electrical and mechanical engineers. It was definitely something to get excited about, but many people reserved judgement and wanted to wait a few years. I remember when Google first introduced Android, or when Apple introduced IOS. There was some real innovation, but there was no track record of being something that people liked, and wanted to use. There is always some skepticism towards new players in the technology world, so it is mostly early adopters that jump on board. Although SOLIDWORKS Electrical offered many great features in 2013, with each subsequent release the software has just gotten better, and more features have been added thanks to...
We have all heard the phrase 'Addition by Subtraction' before. Often times it is referring to a sports team getting better by getting rid of a player that is bringing everyone else down (a strategy the Cleveland Browns regularly try to no avail!). Well, Solidworks has applied that mentality to Solidworks Composer in 2016. If you have recently upgraded your Solidworks Composer license from 2015 (or earlier) to 2016, you may have noticed that you have one less Filter option than you had before. The 'Show Location Keys Only' filter is gone! No need to worry though, this is a good thing. This feature allowed you to see just the keys related to the locations of the actors when in Animation Mode. Combined with the 'Show Keys for Selected Actors Only', you could then further break it down to specific actors. ...
Trend Tracker is a tool most users of SOLIDWORKS Simulation overlook. I suggest that if you use Simulation in your designs, you take a second look! Trend Tracker is a SIMULATION tool that allows the user to quickly and easily understand how design changes impact the part/assemblies performance. Trend tracker captures design instances for the user reporting how results such as stress, displacement, and mass change with the corresponding design change. These design points and results are summarize automatically with built in graphs, reports and galleries. Let's take a look at the trend tracker in action. The example model is a suspension mount for an Radio Controlled car. The mount's original design although made from aluminum has been proven to be weak with a Factor of Safety(FOS) under two and a load that is dispersed in the wrong areas of...