Reducing Material Usage with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

Reducing Material Usage with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

When you use SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you can validate a design before you finalize any drawings. As a designer, this is an amazing tool to have at your fingertips.

Not only can you reduce errors and test your designs right inside the software, but now, with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, you can optimize your designs as well!

SOLIDWORKS comes pre-loaded with the SimulationXpress tool, which will give you a taste of the capability and function of the full Simulation package. But, in short order, you may want to upgrade to Simulation Professional for the full experience.

This will be particularly true if your designs are more often complex, dynamic, and have multiple components, parts, or assemblies. And let’s be honest, in this day and age, no one works solely with designs that are simple and static anymore.

So, let’s take a look at what Simulation Pro can do for you, especially in the way of reducing your material usage. This incredible functionality alone will save you tons of resources and money!

Features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

Of course, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional offers you all the functionality that you will find within the SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress and Simulation Standard versions. Additionally, you’ll also find incredible innovation and powerful 3D testing and sim tools that you can’t find anywhere else in the Pro version.

This includes massively helpful features like the following:

  • Next-gen finite element analysis with an enhanced range of structural simulation, analysis, and testing for various scenarios:
    • As simple as constant load stress
    • As complex as dynamic loading on compound moving parts and assemblies
  • In-depth thermal analysis to help you understand the effect of temperature variation on your designs
    • Helps proactively combat safety concerns that might arise in production and/or use
  • Pressure vessel design studies where static study results are combined with your desired parameters
    • Each study can simulate a wide variety of loads, such as dead or alive, seismic, and thermal
  • Frequency and buckling simulation to make sure your designs will perform in the face of natural and environmental frequencies and vibration
  • A Realistic event-based simulation that will analyze motion and tell you how your designs will hold up in real-world applications
    • You’ll also learn about how loads and forces will impact your design in action, so you can adjust for optimal timing, power, and structural support
  • Cost-saving and innovative design optimization
    • Help reduce material waste
    • Limits product costs

Using the Design Optimization Module to Reduce Material Usage

To access the Design Optimization feature inside SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, open the Design Study tab. There, you will want to select the “Optimization check box unless you’re defining your variables as a “Range” or “Goals.”

In that case, SOLIDWORKS will automatically elect to run an optimization design study. You will most often need to use the “Variable View” tab to set parameters for your optimized design study.

3 Steps to Running an Optimization Design Study

  1. Open the tool and set parameters for each variable (individual values or a range).
  2. Utilize sensors as both constraints and desired outcome goals.
  3. Run the design study (make sure you check the “Optimization” box unless it is auto-selected), which tests the variables according to your set parameters and against your desired outcomes.

The program will tell you the optimized combination to achieve your goals.

How to Use Your Optimization Design Study Results to Reduce Material Costs

Once you have run a successful Optimization Design Study, the results will help you determine the best configuration of variables to maximize your design’s efficiency and performance.

Choosing an optimized design will almost certainly (and automatically) result in fewer wasted resources, saving you and your team time, money, and manual effort.

DesignPoint: Your Partner in Transforming Your Simulation Efforts with SOLIDWORKS

If you are lucky enough only to need quick, static, single-part simulations and simple analysis, the basic (and free) version of SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress will do the job. But, if you’re like most designers in this day and age, you will likely need something a bit more robust.

When you are ready to level up your designs with the dynamic sims and reduced material costs you will enjoy from SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, contact us. DesignPoint is here to help you optimize and transform your efforts. Need a simulation/analysis study done, but not ready to invest yet? We can still help! Our 3D Design Services, specifically, Design on Demand, is ideal for any CAD projects you might need assistance with but don’t have the capacity, expertise, or both.

At DesignPoint, we are passionate about “building solutions that help product design, engineering, and manufacturing companies maximize their potential.” We work right alongside you to find solutions that suit—and enhance—your reality. Our talented team of professionals will bring a personal touch to meeting your 3D needs.