I need to FEA-test a part that has a ceramic insert in a plastic moulding and would like to know if there is a way to do this as a single part or as a multi-body part.
Unfortunately Simulation Xpress does not have this functionality. You would require the proper Simulation package to run a multi-body analysis.
If you are using SolidWorks Premium, or any Simulation Packages, then you may just need to turn Simulation on. Navigate to Tools>Add ins and tick Simulation.
I think you have to make two bodies parts, each assigned with a material and in the simulation setup you use the Global Bonded Contact feature.
I think only in the Premium Version
JB - it's easy-peasy - just extrude your first part and leave the insert as a 'gaping hole' then extrude the insert in the 'gaping hole' and unselect "merge result". You will be left with a part that has a segmented body with the surfaces perfectly bonded (this may NOT be what you really want) and can apply forces/constraints and FEA to your heart's content.
Thanks for the explanation but do you know how if it is possible to apply different materials to the two bodies this way?
In the simulation study tree you have to expand the +Parts and there you will have the two separate bodies as you defined them in the model, and each one can be assigned with a material from the database with right click button.
As Andrei says, that is exactly what I did.
When I start simulationxpress, I get a message saying that SW only supports one body for analysis. It might just be the version of SW I have (SW 2013), or it could be that I only have the basic license.
I've got the full fea package running now so will try it out.
Ah, you didn't say you only had SWX.
I'll try out your method now that I've got the full fea version up and running.
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