nonlinear analysis but after that I'm lost. I've searched and looked through the solidworks help to no avail. Can anyone lend me some advice?
should be possible but not enough info here about what you setup in solidworks simulation and what the plots are.
nonlinear analysis is definitely the way to go
but are you pulling with a force with a displacement? displacement matches best with what the machine does.
what material model are you using? what did you input? does it match the expected input with solidworks?
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