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How to simulate overlapping parts in assembly?

Question asked by Matt Black on Jul 19, 2020
Latest reply on Jul 21, 2020 by ömür tokman

I am trying to create a model of a mechanical iris, which is made up of several overlapping leaves contained within a body. In reality, these leaves bend slightly in order to overlap with each other, but in SolidWorks, they are treated as completely rigid objects and any overlap between them is considered to be interference. Is there any way to accurately simulate overlap between flexible objects within the program?


Individual LeafTop down view of assembly with 10 "overlapping" leavesSide view of assembly. They are all interfering with no actual overlap whatsoever.