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

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Add on costing tool in solidworks

The Costing Tool in SOLIDWORKS enables users to estimate the cost of producing a single component or an assembly in SOLIDWORKS.

It works based on templates which contain the cost of milling, bending, drilling etc. in relation to size. The costing is used to create a bill of materials for the various components in an assembly.

Let’s take a look at how we can use the Costing Tool in SOLIDWORKS.

To access the Costing Tool, we first have to select Continue reading

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Tutorial on SOLIDWORKS Part reviewer

SOLIDWORKS part reviewer behaves much like the roll back feature enabling users to see the steps used to generate a part.

The part reviewer can be found under the tools tab or directly accessed from the command window.

Looking at the tv-16 pulley shown below.

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If we required to review the part to see the steps used all we need to do is access the part reviewer using the command window.

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Stress Simulation in cylinders

It is important to analyze stresses (radial and hoop stress) acting inside cylinders as a result of internal pressures (eg. say due to the flow of fluids). Making sure that the internal pressure does not result in component failure is an important consideration for any engineers.

SolidWorks does a great job of simulating these environments, allowing designers to run by their model without necessarily going through the tedious activities of fabricating a prototype.

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Nonlinear dynamic contact

For this particular example, we will take a look at how we can setup a Nonlinear Dynamic Simulation inside SOLIDWORKS.

We are going to use this feature to simulate collision between two bodies and see the stresses generated due to this action. Before we run the simulation, we need to create the two bodies inside SOLIDWORKS.

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Next we setup the assembly of the parts as shown. Do constrain the motion of the block in one axis while fixing the stopper. Continue reading

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 – Print3D

Print3D allows us to analysis our model for 3D printing, for example, identify small gaps, and thin walls which can be an issue for printing, and also faces that needs support.
SOLIDWORKS is able to recommend a minimum wall thickness based on the inputted layer height and material used.
SOLIDWORKS can export the model as 3MF or AMF, which are the newest 3D Printing file format that can provide more information about the model than the traditional STL. There will Continue reading

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Running a particle study inside flow simulation

Particle studies are very useful in flow simulation since they can be used to predict the behavior of particles inside a given flow and domain. For example, in a case where a cyclone is used to separate particles from air, a particle study becomes useful in designing an optimal cyclone.

Before we run the particle study we need to set up a Flow Simulation. Looking at the model below, we need to first create lids for its ends.

 

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Solidworks Shrink fitting of Cylinders

Shrink fitting is done on cylinders for the purpose of reinforcement against extensive internal pressures that may be a result of high pressure flows through the cylinders. Shrink fitting also helps cylinders cope with extensive external pressures acting on them.

It is, therefore, imperative that the designer or engineer can determine the stress due to shrink fitting and the probable effects on the cylinder walls to avoid possible failure.

Shrink fitting sets up a contact pressure at the interface of Continue reading

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Solidworks Shrink fitting of Cylinders

Shrink fitting is done on cylinders for the purpose of reinforcement against extensive internal pressures that may be a result of high pressure flows through the cylinders. Shrink fitting also helps cylinders cope with extensive external pressures acting on them.

It is, therefore, imperative that the designer or engineer can determine the stress due to shrink fitting and the probable effects on the cylinder walls to avoid possible failure.

Shrink fitting sets up a contact pressure at the interface of Continue reading

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