I want to get started with Solidworks Simulation (but I'm a designer and not familiar with the finite element method).Can anyone suggest some tutorials on how to get started (easy to understand).
'21 FEM experiments', SW Step Up Series, COSMOS Companion, SDC Publications
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Thank you Keith, I'm gonna look them up.
Do you know anything about load, stress, yield, safety factor, stress concentration etc?
Sim is to confirm and show where stress is and how the part move, deform under stress.
Without knowledge on how the part will react, sim is useless.
Thank you Frederick.
Indeed I don't know how to calculate and interpret stress, yield, etc.
I think I'll start by studying the basics (load, stress, yield, safety factor, stress concentration etc) if you have any suggestions be it online courses, manuals or tutorials, it will be much appreciated.
I think you'll need Mechanical Engineering related course.
You'll need a Static Mechanic course to start.
I'm going to search for some e-courses on those subjects, to conciliate with work.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Pfft, someone's not getting a job at his local swx reseller anytime soon.
There are enough built-in Tutorials to keep you busy for a couple of hours.
Thank you @J.Mather.I'm going to explore this Tutorials they seem helpfull.
I'd like to help, but I'm afraid I have to agree with Frederick Law. I'm also a designer and not an engineer. I took the 3-day Simulation class at a local VAR some years ago, thinking it would help me set models up for the engineers to use Simulation, but I got no useful knowledge out of it (and it wasn't the instructor's fault; I was just in over my head). Your situation may be different.
Thank you Glenn.
I was also thinking of enrolling in a 4-day Simulation class in my VAR, but as you and Frederick Law said without knowing the basics behind Simulation maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.
I'm just curious we're you able to use Simulation later on?
Catarina Granjo wrote: Thank you Glenn.I was also thinking of enrolling in a 4-day Simulation class in my VAR, but as you and Frederick Law said without knowing the basics behind Simulation maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm just curious we're you able to use Simulation later on?
Catarina Granjo wrote:
I wasn't. Some of the engineers here do though.
Yes, without knowledge of what all you see in Simulation means, you can easily get yourself in trouble misinterpreting the results.
Thanks for all replies guys.
It is better to take part in a SolidWorks Simulation training class if it is free (company’s benefit) or it does not spend too much money from yourself……
Just as above seniors’ advice, it’s better to know/learn/study the basics courses (load, stress, yield, safety factor, stress concentration, material, etc.) before leaning/ studying SolidWorks Simulation.
Even though after completing the relevant course study and training about SolidWorks Simulation, there is no guarantee that the trainee will be effective, reasonable and correct in using FEA in a short period of time.
However, the early the better to learn SolidWorks Simulation. It is very useful for designer to avoid some mistake at the design beginning, and to improve design strategy. Most designer have to use it in not far future, Simulation is a tool just like 3D CAD (such as SolidWorks, SolidEdge, UG, Ideas, ProE, etc.), not many guy can think of that 3D CAD is so popular only within 20 years.
At the moment its wise not to jump head first.
See if you can reproduce these in SolidWorks.
(Unfortunately only one is in metric, but the formula are all in the Machinery's Handbook.)
Sorry for the late answer.Thank you for sharing this exercises, but with the current knowledge I have on this subjects I wasn't able to solve them in Simulation.I've started doing some of the tutorial videos you showed before to familiarize myself.
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