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.

We will do a simple demonstration on Continue reading

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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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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.

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Planetary gear system in Solidworks

Planetary gear drives have revolutionized the automotive industry. They are used in automatic transmissions to shift between gears.

 
The gear drive is connected to the engine output shaft via a torque converter which replaced the traditional clutch used in manual transmissions. Below is a simple demonstration on how to insert the gears making up the system (Sun, planet and ring gear) in an assembly and subsequently running a motion study to see how the gears move relative to each Continue reading

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Using SolidWorks motion to examine loads

SolidWorks motion analysis has so many applications to offer and one of which is analysis of forces acting on members. In this scenario we will use SolidWorks motion to solve a simple statics problem.
 
Before we begin we need to activate the SolidWorks motion analysis add-in in the add-ins folder.
 
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Next we will create a new assembly.
 
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Considering the member shown below.
 
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We will begin by creating a sketch representing the lines of action Continue reading

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Threading feature on solidworks 2016

This feature is used to make threads on parts in solidworks. It is a new feature added to solidworks version 2016, compare to the older version of solidworks.
 
when making a thread we are required to draw a circle at the staring of the part and making use of the helix/spiral tool to increase the amount of revolution the circle would be on the surface of our component, and making a reference line and using the extrude swept tool Continue reading

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TUTORIAL ON DRAWING SECTION IN SOLIDWORKS

Drawing section is the third section of Solidworks, it is used to make two dimensional engineering drawing for different component made in solidworks.
 
This section is similar to the AutoCAD software but with different features, which I think makes it easier to use compare to other CAD software’s available.
This section can be accessed in different way.
First is as you open your solidworks software click on new file and select the drawing section
 
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