Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation to Design a Successful Product


2017 SOLIDWORKS Simulation training course

Designing a successful product requires a lot of testing and validation. Every design goes through a series of refinements to arrive at its final geometry. Traditionally, these refinements are made to a manufactured prototype, which is then tested in a testing fixture or apparatus and validated based on the results. It can be remarkably costly and take a great deal of time to arrive at the right design after several iterations.

What if this testing process could be done in a virtual environment? With our SOLIDWORKS Simulation course, you’ll learn how to place your 3D model in a simulated real-world environment that accounts for model geometry, applied forces, temperatures, fixed faces, and mechanical connections. Using this knowledge, you’ll be able to prevent product recalls, test design changes, and be confident in the quality of your designs.

2017 SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Introduction to Simulation

Ensuring the right design

Gain an understanding of how your product will handle operational demands by applying real-world conditions to your model. Testing your designs in a simulated environment ensures your product holds up and performs as expected. By implementing these practices, you’ll be certain that the designs you pass off can withstand realistic product demands.

Flexible design changes

Design changes are one of the biggest challenges of the engineering process. Even small adjustments, such as adding a fillet feature to a circular edge, can have a significant impact on how well a product performs. Since design changes are inevitable, it’s important to be able to test every resulting iteration. SOLIDWORKS Simulation makes it easy to apply the same test parameters over and over simply by copying a study. This means you can understand the impact in just a matter of minutes without having to continually manufacture prototypes to validate each design iteration.

2017 SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Simplifying Geometry – 2D Simplification and Submodeling

Saving rework

Product recalls are one of the most costly issues to handle. When a product has to be recalled, the source of the issue often points back to a critical flaw in the original design. By running simulation studies on your product, you’ll uncover the weak points of a design, know how long a design can withstand the demands placed on it, and, ultimately, if it will fail. By knowing the flaws of your design before it’s manufactured, you can make the design changes necessary to keep it from being reworked or recalled. This saves a tremendous amount of time and reduces costs prior to manufacturing.

By the end of this course, you’ll know how to set up a static study to test your product in a real-world environment. This includes knowing how to evaluate individual components and assemblies, integrate temperature loads and shrink fit scenarios, and analyze parts with large displacement under static loading. Test your skills and verify your SOLIDWORKS Simulation knowledge by earning a Technical Certificate when you score an 80% or higher on the course review test.

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