Doing a combined thermal and static study in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has a very powerful finite element analysis tool that allows users to run multiple simulation studies, to name some; frequency, linear dynamic, static, and thermal analyses of components.

One aspect that sets it apart is its ability to run two studies simultaneously for example running both a static and thermal study to see how the component behaves. For this particular tutorial we will consider a simple rod with a rectangular cross-section to demonstrate this capability.

We begin by Continue reading


June 23, 2017
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Using Configuration Manager in SOLIDWORKS

The Configuration Manager in SOLIDWORKS allows modification of features such as the tolerance, sketches, appearance, features etc. on a single component to produce a different configuration for the same component which may be mass produced in the industry.

How to use the configuration manager
The configuration manager is located on the SOLIDWORKS Manager tab, which are the top most icons on the feature manager tree.

Before we can start using the configuration manager, we first have to import a Continue reading


June 16, 2017
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Projection Curve Tool in SOLIDWORKS

The projection curve tool is used to project a curve from a plane to a surface in SOLIDWORKS. This projected curve can then be extruded or trimmed depending on the purpose of the projection.

How to use the projection curve –

First, we have to start by importing a part into the graphic area or creating a component.

The next step is to create a plane in reference to the surface we would be projecting on. If the surface is Continue reading

Setting up a rack and pinion mate in solidworks

SolidWorks diverse assembly capabilities allow for simulation of various kinds of motion. One particular useful motion is that of a rack and pinion; it aims at converting rotary to linear motion and vice versa.

Inside SolidWorks assembly, users can easily set up this mate. Let’s go through how you can easily insert the rack and pinion mate on components from the content library.

Begin by creating a new assembly inside SolidWorks.
Be sure to enable the SolidWorks toolbox add-in in Continue reading

Solidworks Tutorial – How to Use Curve through XYZ points

When it involves complex entities in SOLIDWORKS, we usually use the spline tool. However, in the case of parabolic curves or involute the spline tool may not give us the accuracy and flexibility we need for a particular geometry.

SOLIDWORKS has provided a way in which we can add complex Profiles such as that of an airfoil with 100% accuracy into the graphic area.

How to add curves through the XYZ axis.

This process would be explained using an airfoil Continue reading