May 4 2018
When developing a part, engineers and designers initially focus on aesthetics and dimensions. But once the design cycle approaches the production phase, it’s more important for that part to be able to perform as intended and endure real-world conditions.
Conducting simulations can ensure parts are ready for production and designed to last. One simulation tool available to most SOLIDWORKS users is SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress. SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress is a simple finite element analysis (FEA) tool that allows you to conduct quick structural analysis on individual parts right within the software.
Traditionally, engineers use prototypes to test stresses manually. Prototype manufacturing is effective but expensive and time-consuming. Instead, simulations validate designs virtually first before committing resources to a prototype.
This approach improves product design earlier in the process and reduces the number of necessary prototypes. Adding simulations into the design workflow prevents wasting time creating a part that can’t withstand stresses. This all ultimately results in a shorter, less costly design cycle. Plus, SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress is easy to use!
For instructors, SimulationXpress is an easy and effective way to teach simulation and give students a strong introduction to design for manufacturing. The tool allows you to move seamlessly from design to simulation without needing an extensive explanation in between.
SimulationXpress is included in every version of SOLIDWORKS and provides stress analysis on simple parts while you’re working. Functionally, it’s a software wizard built into SOLIDWORKS.
SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress guides you through defining fixtures, loads, and materials. Then, it creates a mesh based on a few specifications and runs a simulation. SimulationXpress produces results for stress, displacement, deformation, and safety factors directly on the model. This gives visibility to elements of the design that require changes and optimization. See how to start an analysis in SimulationXpress in the video below!
In the SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress online course, you’ll follow a model through the SimulationXpress workflow, test yourself with guided exercises, and learn tips and tricks to make your simulations more effective. Lessons in this course include:
To take a deeper conceptual dive or to learn how to set up more complex simulations, check out our other courses and SOLIDWORKS simulation tutorials:
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