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The summer season is getting kicked into gear and that means several things to baseball junkies. I’m not just talking about baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie either! The College World Series is underway in Omaha. Major League Baseball is in full swing. I get asked ‘does a curve ball really curve’. The usual early June fare! Wait! You didn’t know a curveball does curve on its way to home plate? You thought those pitch trackers showing the flight of the ball were just made for TV? The answer to those two questions are, yes, a curveball does move laterally from the pitcher’s hand to home plate and, no, baseball isn’t a reality TV series. Now I may not be able...
I like tools that increase productivity by reusing existing work. Using the Design Library for SOLIDWORKS Motion components is one example of a productivity enhancer that I think users should take advantage of. I guess the best place to start would be a quick description of the two tools mentioned. SOLIDWORKS Motion is an analysis tool that utilizes assembly mates, part contacts, and driving forces to accurately predict mechanism performance. SOLIDWORKS Motion included in SOLIDWORKS Premium and all three SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages – Standard, Professional, and Premium. The Design Library, available in the Task Pane, is a common location for reusable design elements such as parts, assemblies, and even sketches. One possible reason for creating Motion Design Library components is ease...
At a recent Evansville SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting, I presented a Hands-On session using SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation. One of the exercises was to throw an object off a cliff. It’s an interesting application for SOLIDWORKS Motion as many of the details for projectile motion can be calculated by hand. I’m going to show you how I used SOLIDWORKS Motion to verify the hand calculations. While I need to leave some of the details of that presentation out of this blog, let’s just say that “baby” “all that matters” when the object gets “down to earth”, that portion of the user group meeting generated more than a few laughs. The problem statement is as follows. “We are going to throw an object...
How much do you customize your SOLIDWORKS Options? If you are like most users I talk to, the answer is often the retort “who doesn’t”? Honestly, I agree with that sentiment. With so many options available, certainly you’ve found a couple of settings that you cannot live without. So why is it that when I ask SOLIDWORKS Simulation users a similar question, I mainly encounter puzzled looks? While SOLIDWORKS Simulation doesn’t have nearly as many settings as SOLIDWORKS CAD has, there are a few options that will make your analysis work better. There are options for formatting plot output, default mesh settings, automatically creating result plots, and customization of report templates to name a few. Here are a few options to...
The heck with the groundhog and his weather prediction! The NFL season recently ended in spectacular fashion and spring is right around the corner. And spring means baseball! With hardball season fast approaching, now is a good time to clear up the mystery of defining orthotropic material properties in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Why? Well, you might want to solve a few Finite Element Analysis studies with baseball bats and if your material properties aren’t set up properly the results will be invalid. Most of us are used to working with materials that are isotropic in nature. Isotropic means the material properties are the same in each direction. But an orthotropic material is unique in that material properties are dependent upon orientation. The most...