Understanding Plastic Part Design

The Solidworks Blog

Plastic parts are now commonplace in consumer product design, and for good reason. For the engineering and design team at URB-E, it was a no brainier to utilize plastic components for the fenders and battery hub in order to ramp up its production.

Understanding Complex Material Behavior – Plasticity Models

The Solidworks Blog

There are geometric, material, and contact nonlinearities that can result from modeling with complex materials. And the connector within SOLIDWORKS Simulation makes it easy to transfer models to SIMULIAworks. Plasticity modeling is typically something you do after running an initial linear elastic study to make sure that you prescribe the correct boundary conditions and loads. For this model, multiple contacts are provided by the ABAQUS General Contact.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cloud-based Abaqus Simulation for SOLIDWORKS

The Solidworks Blog

Structural Mechanics Engineer is a comprehensive structural simulation SaaS (software as a service) solution for SOLIDWORKS users with the proven Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) technology on the collaborative 3D EXPERIENCE platform. Structural Mechanics Engineer solves a broad range of structural simulation problems—from simple to complex—including linear and nonlinear static, dynamic, thermal, frequency, buckling, random vibrations, and more.

The Value of Simulation Web Series: Part Four

The Solidworks Blog

We just concluded Part 4 of our SOLIDWORKS Simulation webinar series. The Value and Productivity themes here show the depth and breadth of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions. Theme #1 – The Value of Simulation / Which Design is the best. Part 4: “Can your Plastics Part be Manufactured?”. Three facts on plastic injection molding: #1: Plastic products are everywhere. 2: Plastic injection molding is the most common process for plastics manufacturing.

SIMULATION FOR BUILDINGS

3D Perspectives

The following article is excerpted from SIMULATION IN ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a seamless way to model and analyze buildings using the CATIA Building Structure app. In this example, we model a 25-story steel building as shown in Figure 5. In this figure, the contours show maximum principal plastic strain values.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics SP1 New Features

The Solidworks Blog

SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a simulation tool that enables you to optimize plastic part designs for manufacturability. By using plastics simulation you can predict and avoid common injection molding defects before cutting steel. Let’s review two of the new SOLIDWORKS Plastics features now available in SP1 that streamline the plastic part design process. This is a unique feature with important benefits for plastics part and mold designers.

The Value of Simulation Web Series

The Solidworks Blog

Last week, we concluded Part 2 of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SIMULIAworks webinar series. We are using unique themes as below to highlight the depth and breadth of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation technologies. But first, let us recap Part 2: Theme # 1 – The Value of Simulation / Which Design is the best. Motion Simulation can help” focused on understanding and simulating the kinematic and dynamic behavior of moving systems and mechanisms.

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021

The Solidworks Blog

SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Solve more models with contact faster. Faster contact simulation significantly speeds up contact simulation calculations. You can’t simulate until you create a mesh. Who doesn’t want a smarter way to simulate? SOLIDWORKS Plastics.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018: Designer to Analyst

The Solidworks Blog

Today, simulation has become a tool used throughout the product development process. Well, simulation became accessible to those without PhDs and computers grew more powerful. As I meet new and experienced simulation users, the more I realize that the difference between a designer and an analyst is that the analyst knows the complexity of the analysis problem at hand, and they can describe the physics and analysis procedures required to solve it.

Intro to Metal Forming Simulation with an Explicit Solver

The Solidworks Blog

The 3D EXPERIENCE WORKS ® Simulation portfolio includes the ability to simulate the metal-forming process. The products can be leveraged on SOLIDWORKS® models when connected to the 3D EXPERIENCE platform. Truth be told, simulating forming processes can be a difficult task.

Cleaning up our oceans with simulation

3D Perspectives

CLEANING UP OUR OCEANS WITH SIMULATION. The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic that comes in by millions of tons. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Going after plastic with vessels and nets is costly, time consuming, labor intensive and leads to vast amounts of carbon emission and by-catch.

PLASTICS TECH TIP: Configuration Integration (with video)

Fisher/Unitech

SOLIDWORKS Plastics gives you a little more flexibility than our other simulation tools with respect to simulation model management. In particular, you can choose if you want to link your simulations to your SOLIDWORKS CAD configurations. This is a handy way to manage multiple Plastics analyses but you only have to manage one CAD file. If there''s no match, the Plastics tree is blank. From within the Plastics model/config that you want to copy (eg.

How Accurate is SOLIDWORKS Plastics? [VIDEO]

Javelin Tech Tips

I am often asked questions regarding the accuracy of SOLIDWORKS Plastics and if it lines up with real injection molding. Plastics is great at predicting and avoiding manufacturing defects in your injection molded parts. I encourage you to watch the video below for a better understanding of what SOLIDWORKS Plastics can do and how it measures up against traditional design validation methods. SOLIDWORKS Plastics for Designers – Real World Correlation.

Experience What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018

The Solidworks Blog

Whether you need to test for structural integrity, fluid dynamics, or plastics manufacturability, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation suite provides an easy-to-use portfolio of analysis tools for predicting a product’s real-world physical behavior by virtually testing your CAD models. In just 45 minutes, you’ll learn how SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 allows you to: Develop innovative minimum mass components in SOLIDWORKS using the New Topology Study.

SOLIDWORKS Frisbee Flow Simulation

CADD Edge

After my previous summer games blog, I decided to try it in flow simulation. Not only would it satisfy the mystery of how Frisbees fly without wings, it would also be a great chance to try the new option in Flow Simulation for rotating bodies. I downloaded a model from GrabCAD and then set it up using the rotation option, found under the real walls option. Modern, lightweight plastic Frisbees fly much better, but the interesting physics remain the same.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer: A Customer’s Perspective from HYDAC

The Solidworks Blog

In 2018, we invited some SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium users to try our newest simulation offering: SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer (SSE) , a powerful cloud-based structural simulation solution powered by Abaqus , the best finite element analysis (FEA) solver on the market. SSE, which excels in nonlinear analysis, compliments SOLIDWORKS Simulation that focuses is on solving linear analysis problems.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 Helps You Innovate Better and Get Your Products to Market Faster

The Solidworks Blog

SOLIDWORKS® Plastics solutions help you to predict and avoid manufacturing defects in plastic parts or injection molds during the earliest stages of part and mold design, eliminating costly mold rework, improving part quality, and decreasing time to market. One of the critical features in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 is Design to Analyst, which enables you to analyze plastic parts before manufacturing. and plastics simulation.

The Best of Tales from 3DEXPERIENCE, SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer & SOLIDWORKS Simulation Desktop

The Solidworks Blog

There has been a lot of buzz recently in the SOLIDWORKS community about SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer or SSE on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer (SSE) is a group of Apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as shown below. There are several other simulation Apps available under the V+R My Simulation Apps section. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is super easy to use as many of you know.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Mechanism Design

The Solidworks Blog

And ultimately they need to create multiple prototypes to ensure their models work as expected. SOLIDWORKS has come with a new module called Simulation Standard , which can precisely simulate the above discussed points and help designers design mechanisms. This video provides a good example of what a simulation looks like: Here’s a quick overview of how it works. I would say this is the foundation and most important part of the process to Simulate mechanisms.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2020 Helps You Make Better Decisions for Superior Performance

The Solidworks Blog

What if ordinary designers and engineers at your company could quickly simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your design? Simplifying Workflow with Heat Exchanger Model in Porous Media. and plastics simulation.

SOLIDWORKS at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase

The Solidworks Blog

Later this month, more than 60,000 plastics industry professionals will descend on Orlando, Florida for NPE2015 , the world’s leading plastics tradeshow. Taking place March 23-27, it’s one million square feet of plastics prowess representing everything from appliances, automotive, consumer products, housing and construction, medical, and packaging. Here’s a quick description of each session: Designing Plastic Parts: Learn how to streamline plastic part design and development.

Simulating a Cleaner World, From Molecule to Metropolis

3D Perspectives

Engineers are using sophisticated models to clean plastic debris from oceans, optimize airflow in smog-filled cities, and make vehicles lighter and more efficient. trillion pieces of plastic, which lies halfway between Hawaii and California, is roughly twice the size of Texas. Without human intervention, once deployed, it takes advantage of three natural oceanic forces—wind, waves and currents—to travel faster than the plastic, which it then catches.

Perform Abaqus High-End Simulations from Home with Structural Mechanics Engineer

The Solidworks Blog

With the new SIMULIAworks product family on the cloud-based 3D EXPERIENCE® platform, we keep expanding the simulation possibilities for SOLIDWORKS® users to solve any finite element analysis (FEA) problem with confidence. Solution : The 3D EXPERIENCE platform is a software as a service (SaaS) subscription model that gives you the flexibility to rent a license for 3-months or one year without having to manage software installs or worry about hardware upgrades.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation

CATI Tech Notes

What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? If you have separate individual seats of Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD or Simulation that are not tied to your SOLIDWORKS seat, then you will have a separate serial number for each product. . SOLIDWORKS Plastics. Once the plastic material cools down, it solidifies into the shape of the mold contour and conforms to the geometry of the desired part.

There is a SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package to virtually test your design

Javelin Tech Tips

Use a SOLIDWORKS Simulation Package to virtually test your design! With SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the virtual testing environment makes validating your design a breeze. If you think about how much time and cost goes into prototyping and setting up physical tests, virtual simulation is done on the spot and is fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available in three packages: SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation

CATI Tech Notes

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation . What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, or Simulation package? If you have separate individual seats of Composer, Plastics, or Simulation that are not tied to your SOLIDWORKS seat, then you will have a separate serial number for each product. . SOLIDWORKS Plastics. Enter you SOLIDWORKS Plastics serial number. SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation and how can it help me?

Javelin Tech Tips

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Software. If you are an existing SOLIDWORKS user then you need to take a look at the Simulation suite of products that are built right into SOLIDWORKS. Simulation software is a powerful, intuitive and accurate 3D engineering solution designed to help improve product performance and quality by indicating how your design will behave before it is built. Discover SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Learn how shells are used to model thin structures.

SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer – Solving Complex Physics with Speed and Confidence

The Solidworks Blog

I’m excited to announce that starting today SIMULIA® Structural Simulation Engineer (SSE) is commercially available! You can extend SOLIDWORKS® Simulation with a tightly integrated, cloud-based solution and conduct structural static, frequency, buckling, modal dynamic response, and structural-thermal analysis of parts and assemblies. We believe in making advanced simulation technology accessible to small and medium-size businesses and SSE is a major step in this direction.

Patient-Specific 3D Printed Models Help Plastic Surgeons Plan and Perform Rhinoplasty

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

At the time, Jennet was so embarrassed by his face he refused to go to a local hospital to meet Dr. Tal Dagan, an Associate Adjunct Surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Unlike a standard implant, the device was created using sample models taken from the noses of the patient’s close family members to recreate the most natural and culturally appropriate graft. Healthcare 3d printed medical models

Will Drafting Help a Road Cyclist? A Flow Simulation Study

The Solidworks Blog

Analyst by profession and heart, I decided to check myself so I jumped on one of the Simulation tools that I use, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. It is a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis tool and can help me simulate a cyclist being subjected to a wind force to understand the magnitude of Force to which that he is subjected. I can also simulate multiple cyclists to check the effect of drafting. Here is an image of that model.

SolidWorks Plastics:Insert molding

CATI Tech Notes

SolidWorks Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds, as well as advanced CAE analysis. It simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds. The metallic insert (key) is incased in plastic and we are trying to figure out what does it take to produce thisi configuration using injection molding process.

Plastics Tech Tip: Is the Plastics Solver Able to Use Multiple Cores?

Fisher/Unitech

I often get asked for hardware recommendations for our simulation products and if the solvers are able to utilize multiple cores. One great value with our solvers like Plastics and Flow is that you do not get charged for using multiple cores and both solvers show great scalability when adding cores. My general recommendation and rule of thumb is that clock speed/number of cores affect solve times and memory affects the size of the model we can handle. Plastics Tech Tips

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2017

The Solidworks Blog

The newest release of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2017 is packed with new user-requested enhancements that make it even easier and faster to determine the impact of a liquid or gas flow on your product designs during the design phase—long before physical protoypes are created. This blog post will introduce you to four new features including: import condition in model, multi-parameter optimization, transient simulation performance, instant switching between transient time moments.

Solving Beamy Part 2 – Three-Point Bending Test with SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer

The Solidworks Blog

Figure 1 shows a typical 3-point bending test, but please read the previous blog for a review of how we solved the problem using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium. While we were able to solve the problem using the solver available inside of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the solve time, coupled with the amount of tweaking of the solver, makes using that approach problematic and not fast enough for multiple case studies for a problem like this. Figure 6 – Plastic Strain.

Will 3D Printing be the demise of Plastic Injection Molding?

Leslie's Blog

Some observers of the plastics manufacturing industry, especially those with a vested interest, would like to have you believe that 3D printing is going to be the demise of injection molding. Plastic injection molding is a tried and true method of production that is in no danger of going away anytime soon. It is a basic, dependable method of producing high quality plastic parts. Design changes are simply made to the CAD model. By Denny Scher.

World Cup: Simulating Stadium Foot Traffic in SOLIDWORKS

The Solidworks Blog

Flow simulation assumes continuum mechanics which is a good analogy for when a group of people are tightly contained and they are all moving towards an exit. So that got me thinking: can you model the movement of people with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation ? So we have our stadium, but how do we model the people moving? This in effect is modelling that as soon as one person gets up another immediately appears and gets up as well.

Senses and Sensibility: Putting the Consumer at the Center of Simulation and Design

3D Perspectives

Computer modeling and simulation have risen to this challenge with powerful software, high-performance hardware, and ease-of-use tools that enable design engineers to create products and services that are more consumer-centric.

The Art of Simulation Data Management

The Solidworks Blog

Manufacturing industries are increasing the use of simulation tools to better understand and validate product behavior. However, I have always wondered how companies that adopt aggressive design simulation processes successfully manage the resulting data. The first step to an answer begins by asking a key question: do these companies employ best practices to capture, manage and re-use simulation data exist ? Manage Simulation Data in SOLIDWORKS EPDM.

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Find Shot Size, Fill & Pack Time, and More with SOLIDWORKS Plastics!

CADD Edge

Whether you are a plastics Engineer or Designer, Mold Processing Engineer or a Mold Tool designer, the more information you have about your part/mold, the easier your job is. Even if you make a sample tool for part testing, you can still benefit from using a plastics analysis software before you cut anything. The better way to do things is to run SOLIDWORKS Plastics. First, SOLIDWORKS Plastics shows you the actual flow of the resin inside the mold cavity.

SolidWorks Plastics 2014: What’s New?

CADD Edge

Teaser time…I will be going back through the AR Drone, and focusing on Plastics…using it to gain insight on weld lines, sink marks, fill and pack times, and now in 2014 SP1: warpage and cooling analysis. This new tool, Plastics Advanced, does some pretty cool stuff. The entire breakdown between Plastics Pro, Premium, and Advanced is below. SolidWorks Plastics Professional. SolidWorks Plastics Premium. SolidWorks Plastics Advanced. Post By Wayne White.

You “Heart” 3D Models. Dr. Mac Quantz 3D Models Hearts.

The Solidworks Blog

Mac’s SOLIDWORKS journey began by focusing on ways to make surgical simulations less biologically costly and more accessible to students. Mac attributes lots of his 3D modeling knowledge to the great folks over at Javelin Technologies – particularly, crediting the skills and instruction of Alin Vargatu. So I thought: ‘This would be a great model for surgical simulation.’”. I went from concept, to mockup, to SOLIDWORKS, to a plastic part.

How SIMULIAworks Can Benefit SOLIDWORKS Users

The Solidworks Blog

It provides comprehensive and robust simulation capabilities for three roles for SOLIDWORKS® users on the 3D EXPERIENCE® platform. The initial offering is focusing on structural simulations from basic stress analysis to advanced nonlinear analysis (impact and drop test type of simulations). The 3D EXPERIENCE platform includes a dashboard interface along with tools that enable reviewing simulation setup and results within a browser without having to open the full simulation.

How accurate is FEA and CFD simulation?

The Solidworks Blog

A question I have been asked throughout the years when presenting Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to many companies is: How accurate is FEA and CFD simulation? Within the documents included in our SOLIDWORKS FEA and CFD Simulation products, there are validation problems that compare the numerical solution to selected problems with a closed-form analytical solution, established experimental results or solutions from other resources.