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Simplify Your Design Analysis with Connectors

“We can do this the easy way, or the hard way”. This line can be found in movies like 1964 hit Goldfinger and many modern favorites from Gone in Sixty Seconds, Little Man, Night at the Museum and my personal favorite Blindside. I often mumble this to myself while I am working on a project while using the wrong tool making the job harder than it needs to be. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will allow you to do some things the hard way but often there is an easy way. Specifically SOLIDWORKS connectors are purpose built to allow you to simulate connections between components with easy to understand and use options. Of course you can do many of these without connectors but that would be choosing the “Hard way”. Let’s review these connectors and discuss their use.

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation at Chapin

THE COMPANY
Chapin is a designer and manufacturer of lawn and garden products based in Batavia, NY.  Since the company’s birth over 100 year ago, Chapin takes pride in the high quality, versatility, and innovation of their products. Products range from a variety of uses such as lawn and garden sprayers, pest control sprayers, hose-end sprayers, as well as devices for deck maintenance. Additionally, Chapin is the only manufacturer of metal compressed air sprayers that inhibit the possibility of corrosion and rust on the objects such as walls and crevices.

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SOLIDWORKS Premium with Simulation Professional at Priority Design

Tom Foster has nearly 40 years of drafting experience across various 3D/2D CAD platforms and traditional mechanical engineering methods. A majority of his experience was in pencil and table drafting, spending a good portion of his career working as an engineer for Universal Instruments Corp. (“Universal”) in the Binghamton area. While at Universal, he served in various engineering and management capacities.

 

As this case study is about the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS, it’s ironic that a good majority of Tom’s 3D modeling experience was in PTC’s Creo platform, prior to his first exposure to SOLIDWORKS.

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Taking Baby Steps into FEA Simulation using SimXpress

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.

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