I'm trying to create a 6 inch diameter rubber flange piece that can be folded but return to it's original shape. Is this possible to create and simulate in the 2014 version?
In the realm of SolidWorks simulation refers to using for analysis an add-on or external software to recreate the physics of an event involvng a part or assembly. Simulation tools could show stress, strain and displacement as a result of applying specific force loads to your model. You'll need the non-linear analysis in Simulation premium to accurately show large movements and soft-body dynamics. You can record animations and output reports to explain the functional and durability aspects of your design.
What it sounds like you want is to depict is a component made of a flexible material being deformed-which requires you to modify the part model with features that show the two states. How much work this is depends on what you're using the final result for. If you want to show the flange folded in an assembly view for a drawing, then you might experiment with the flex feature.
If you're trying to produce an animation showing the component realistically deforming for marketing purposes, that takes a different kind of talent and software.
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