SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Save Time with Simplification Methods

SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions can be a regular part of your design reducing the need for costly prototypes, and eliminating rework and delays. This course will provide the knowledge of those techniques, such as model simplification. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 5, 2017
Duration
1h 21m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 5, 2017
Duration
1h 21m
Description

When using structural simulation, designers and engineers primarily determine the strength and stiffness of a product by reporting component stress and deformation. There are three segments involved in producing outputs that can be used in your design process, pre-processing, calculation time, and post-processing. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Save Time with Simplification Methods, you'll be introduced to five major techniques to reduce your calculation time. First, you'll learn symmetry methods whether through modeling or through simulation, and how to use 3D and 2D symmetry restraints. Next, you'll cover contact conditions, hardware considerations, mesh types, and solver choices while comparing solve times for each scenario. This will provide you with useful metrics going forward. Additionally, you'll explore the pre- and post-processing segments, and make those segments more efficient. The aim is to reduce time spent while mouse tracking. Finally, you'll see SOLIDWORKS CAD tools that are very useful when applied to simulation setup. By the end of this course, you'll know the top five ways to reduce your calculation time, and efficiency techniques to speed up your pre- and post-processing time. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.

About the author
About the author

Shivani Patel is an Application Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. An aerospace engineer by training, she has been using SOLIDWORKS and other CAD tools for 6 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Shavani Patel. Welcome to my course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Save Time with Simplification Methods. I am an Elite Application Engineer at GoEngineer, who is a SOLIDWORKS reseller that sells to, and supports customers on the West Coast, South Central United States, and the Rocky Mountain area. As an application engineer, I teach, support, and demonstrate SOLIDWORKS Simulation and many other SOLIDWORKS add-ons. In this course, we're going to learn five techniques to decrease calculation time, and a handful of tricks to efficiently set up multiple studies. Some of the major topics that we will cover include symmetry, submodeling, analytical tips, and interface tricks. By the end of this course, you will know how to save time when preparing and running your simulation study. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the beginner level courses in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation learning path, most especially, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Linear Static Part Analysis, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Static Assembly and Multi-body Analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mixed Meshing. Thanks guys for tuning in, and I hope you'll join me in this deep dive into speed techniques with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Save Time with Simplification Methods course, here at Pluralsight.

Five Techniques to Decrease Calculation Time
Designers and engineers primarily use structural simulation to determine the strength and stiffness of a product by reporting component stress and defamations. This module will provide the knowledge required to reduce the time it takes to run an analysis while maintaining accuracy. By the end of the module, students will know five major techniques to keep in mind when trying to reduce solve time. Let's go to our overview. Symmetry methods take advantage of similar results spread throughout the model. If we have symmetrical parts or symmetrical loading conditions, we may be able to use this method. We'll see how to use 3D and 2D symmetry to our advantage. Submodeling is a method that takes a coarse mesh on the overall model, and then lets us transfer those results to pieces of the overall model where we can then re-run with a smaller mesh for greater accuracy. There are some limitations, but in general, we are able to focus in on exactly the components we need to analyze in detail. We will also get in to contact conditions, hardware considerations, mesh types and settings, as well as solver choices. We will see how these ideas interact with each other, and have a better idea on which options to include when setting up our study.

Methods to Efficiently Setup Multiple Studies
Here we are in the second module, Methods to Efficiently Setup Multiple Studies. We'll look at time savings through the lens of repetitive commands in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and what tools are available to speed us up on that front. So let's jump into our overview and see the three main categories we're going to hit. First, we'll start with customization. This relates to customizing simulation tools, simulation boundary conditions, and simulation options into easy to access locations and automated areas. The aim is to reduce time spent while mouse tracking. The second subject takes the common analysis thought process of, well, what if I change this slightly, or move this over here, etc. , then what results would I get, and then streamlines it. When we're working with multiple studies, it's either because we have various loading scenarios or various versions of the file we're trying to analyze. There are tools in Simulation that can make setting up these scenarios more table oriented, and tools to make comparing results across these scenarios easily accessible. And throughout both of these main subjects, there will be some interface and mouse tricks more related to the core SOLIDWORKS program, but tricks that end up being very useful when used in conjunction with Simulation, and with that, let's get started with the first video.