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In the previous Ice Cream Spoon blog, I wrote about Surface Modeling techniques in SOLIDWORKS. In this installment, I’ll discuss the plastic injection molding analysis of the spoon. One of the unique design elements on the ice cream spoon is the large rib on the underside of the handle. I have a few ideas as to why the rib is there, but I want to use SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools to verify why the rib was included. The first tool to use is SOLIDWORKS Plastics to verify the injection mold capability of the design. I will run injection molding analysis on two versions of the spoon, with and without the underside rib. Before I start the analysis, I researched common materials used for injection molded utensils. I found references to polystyrene, polypropylene, and acrylic, with the most common utensil material appearing to...
In recent months 3DVision Technologies has launched a new webinar series, “How to Solve”, where we discuss topics ranging from CAD to Analysis to Documentation. Each of these webinars are designed to show you, the end user, how to incorporate SOLIDWORKS products into your daily design and Engineering activities and make you better, faster, and smarter! This weeks’ webinar in the “How to Solve” series is “Strong, Light, Cheap – Let SOLIDWORKS Simulation Help You Decide”. In this edition of “How to Solve”, I use SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools to analyze a conveyor lift linkage. This small sub-assembly is connected to a number of other components within the entire conveyor system. The lift linkage has several design requirements that must be met for optimal performance. The linkage needs to be strong enough to withstand many different loading conditions. It has to be...
Exact Metrology is taking reverse engineering to a new level with the latest in 3D Scanning solutions. Together with 3DVision Technologies and SOLIDWORKS Premium they provide specific tailored solutions for their clients measuring needs. Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100 certified company that offers contract measurement & scanning services, metrology equipment solutions, and hardware & software rentals. They offer several product offerings and services including: 3D scanners, laser scanners, 3D body scanners, long and short range scanners and many more. They take pride in going the extra mile to make customer’s measuring needs manageable from the most intricate small part to pieces covering miles wide cities. When Exact Metrology first started they were limited in what they could provide customers. They used Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline or NURB files, but quickly discovered that these files make it difficult for...
Often times little niceties in software are overlooked. Flow Simulation is not any different. With this blog I wanted to point out some of these time saving possibilities, specifically regarding units, and project settings. Flow Simulation allows a user to specify the units of a study. Flow has predefined unit templates like IPS, Metric, SI etc., Flow also allows a user to mix and match within a unit template. For example the main units could be IPS but the temperature could be specified in Kelvin instead of Fahrenheit. Most users specify the same units for most studies they run, and the units are almost always mixed. Typically these units are picked and changed per study. This is an easy but time consuming process. Flow Simulation allows for the user to create unit templates. These templates appear in the units list...
So you’ve got an assembly with some linkages and multiple mates. Every time you go to move a component things go crazy and it’s near impossible to get your equipment positioned how you want. You want an easy way to show how your equipment is designed to move, like this. In years past you may have added additional mates in to lock down positions, but that’s not NOYCE, SOLIDWORKS’ MATE CONTROLLER’S NOYCE! Every time I talk about mates I immediately want to do an impression of Paul Hogan as Crocodile Dundee saying “That’s not a knife…This is a knife!” So, NOYCE was my best attempt to get the accent in your head. From this point forward please do your best to read this post in an Australian accent and I thank you for your participation. So as we were discussing you’ve...