• Calculating preload for Bolt connectors

    How do you calculate the bolt preload for Bolt connectors in SW Simulation? I'm going  to try to make this super easy for you all.  Here is a link to two PDF  files, one for USA bolts and the...
    Joe Galliera
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  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation legacy projects from version 2014 or older

    SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2020 cannot read the project data from SOLIDWORKS files in format 2014 or older. This is actually an intended behavior, as it relieves the R&D team from maintaining code to perform the c...
    Julien Boissat
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  • Sneaky additions to SIM products in SP's of 2012

    I thought I'd just post some additions to inform you all of the Simulation software that the developers have snuck into SP's of 2012.  Thanks to my friends and colleagues, Delphine G. & Omar Z. for providing ...
    Joe Galliera
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  • See and hear the frequencies

    I was working with a new Simulation Professional customer recently on getting his frequency analysis model working right.  He knew what the frequency should be because they had performed a physical test and he co...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Terms used in analysis - Set 3 - #19-29

    I thought it might be a good idea to provide some basic definitions of terms that are used in analysis that are good to know to be able to communicate intelligently about Simulation.  These are not meant to be de...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Fighting warmth and cold to save energy, and rule of thumb

    I always found it both paradoxical and interesting how during the winter in modern times we heat our houses to stay warm but then have our refrigerators to keep our foods cold while it sits within the warm house. ...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Terms used in analysis - Set 2 - #12-18

    I thought it might be a good idea to provide some basic definitions of terms that  are used in analysis that are good to know to be able to communicate  intelligently about Simulation.  These are not me...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Terms used in analysis - Set 1 - #1-11

    OK, so I took a bit of a hiatus from the blog. I'll try to  make this up somehow. During this time away, I  thought it might be a good idea to provide some basic definitions of terms that  are us...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Tips to overcome meshing problems

    This was a post to a message on a Meshing Problem that I am reposting here. https://forum.solidworks.com/message/110194#110194 When you add parts or place model into an assembly, the default mesh size that is calc...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Awesome computing - Wolfram|Alpha

    A friend of mine  recently made me aware of this awesome website:  Wolfram|Alpha. Wolfram has always  been known for its Mathematica software but now Stephen Wolfram wants to  make the world's ...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Color shell elements based on either material or thickness

    For shell bodies in Simulation, you can color the surfaces by either material or  thickness after the mesh is created by creating a mesh plot (right-click on the  Mesh icon after a mesh is created).  Or...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Material tests

    Last week, I had a healthy conversation with a customer and VAR AE regarding testing methods to determine the mechanical properties for different material models used in SolidWorks Simulation.  The customer had a...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Enter special symbols with ease

    If you always wanted to know how to enter special  symbols, like 5.0±0.1 or ∞ or  176°F or µm, it's really very easy.  You have  to hold in the Alt key and use the number keyp...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Get some digits off a plot

    Ever wish that you could easily read numbers off a plot, well there is a freeware solution out there for just this reason: Plot Digitizer.  I really like the  Zoom feature so that I can easily pinpoint my se...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Make your images stand out by showing excluded bodies in results plots

    Recently I helped a customer who wanted to make his images stand out, so he inquired how to get images like the ones seen in our marketing images.  Here I offer an alternative to using Photoshop by using an out-o...
    Joe Galliera
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  • PowerPoint 2007 Tip when using animated GIFs in slides

    Sometimes I have tips for software other than SolidWorks Simulation.  I tend to like to use animated GIFs in my PowerPoint slides, but with MS Office 2007 the animated GIFs were not working as it turns out in MS'...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Split Lines and Wraps are useful for Simulation

    There are multiple benefits of using a Split Line (Insert > Curve > Split Line) feature for SW Simulation.  When you want to apply an attribute in Simulation, such as a fixture, load or mesh control, to onl...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Why you need to refine the mesh to get accurate stresses?

    When doing the  first training lesson from the SolidWorks Simulation manual, the results summary  table (on page 64 of the 2009 book) is meant to illustrate the impact of the  model discretization, or e...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Hidden Gems in Simulation 2010

    Have you been to a roll-out by your local reseller where they covered what's new in the 2010 SolidWorks release?  There's a lot more than they can share in that short amount of time.  In the new 2010 release...
    Joe Galliera
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  • Put your design on a scale

    By using an Annotation, you can display the weight of your assembly (or part) in the graphics window, which is awesome for when you are making design changes or optimizing it for weight.  Here is the procedure: ...
    Joe Galliera
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