Finite Element Analysis or FEA as most people call it is a great way to determine if your designed model will hold up to forces it might be subjected to in the real world. Validating your design before real world testing is crucial in today’s society to save time and money. FEA Simulation is a great tool but not everyone has access to Simulation. What if I told you that if you have SOLIDWORKS then you already have access to Simulation? Included in every seat of SOLIDWORKS is a product called SimulationXpress.
SimXpress is considered a “lite” version of Simulation, meaning it has some of the basic capabilities of the powerful Simulation software. SimXpress can run static studies on parts only, but static studies are the most common study type so it is not much of a drawback. Trust me, this is enough to get your feet wet in FEA Simulation. I was always afraid of FEA Simulation like most people but hopefully after seeing how easy SimXpress is to get results you might actually want to use it and not be scared.
The SimXpress tool can be found under Tools>Xpress Products or on the Evaluate Tab within the Command Manager. If it is your first time using the SimXpress tool you will be prompted to enter a product code which can be found in one of my earlier blogs. Check it out here.