When it comes to innovative design solutions, Solidworks repeatedly earns the reputation of being an industry leader.
As such, the company has been improving the way users produce simulations for quite some time. The latest improvements to the Solidworks Simulation Flow are the most impressive yet!
This version will allow you to compute design changes faster and more accurately than ever before. Let’s take a closer look at the details of this software upgrade.
Improve Performance for Faster Contact Simulation
The Simulation program from Solidworks has seen some major improvements in speed thanks to changes in how it can process data. By taking advantage of parallel multi-core computing and decreasing the overall CPU usage, Solidworks Simulation Flow 2021 is able to process data between contact points extremely fast.
Faster calculating of stiffness values will improve accuracy with geometric structures by communicating boundary lines, level differences, and contact points more quickly. This results in a vastly improved design process overall.
Designers will see noticeable improvements in the design flow, processing speed, and efficiency. Especially when it comes to more complex models with numerous data interaction points, the improvements will be obvious.
Better Contact Stabilization for More Precise Models
Many CAD programs have imperfect designs due to faulty geometry. This is largely a result of poor contact between data points, missing or improper boundary lines, and other inaccuracies.
To counteract this problem proactively in Simulation Flow 2021, Solidworks has improved contact stabilization by adding in a numerical value for stiffness to qualified points before contact.
Calculating stiffness manually can lead to error; The more complex the object, the more difficult the calculations. Solidworks has designed this new version to detect the contact point’s appropriate geometry and apply the correct geometric formulas to determine stiffness.
Contact stabilization improves design geometry at the outset of the design. It allows solvers to make changes to contact points from the beginning. This prevents late-term design issues due to improper object collisions, faulty design geometry, and incorrect clearances.
The benefit of the Solidworks contact stabilization improvements is that the improvements are built into the default settings. This means that model geometry is improved immediately. Without needing to edit contact points or stiffness values, most of the required fields are filled automatically. Designers may only need to edit custom settings.
Design Improvements for Curved Surfaces and Objects
One of the major improvements in Solidworks Simulation Flow 2021 deals with the inaccuracies experienced when trying to align contact points on curved surfaces. This can be particularly complex when meshing surfaces together to form fully circular objects that require layers of exact contact point detail.
Capturing the gaps between curved surfaces is often inaccurate to the point that it can create design flaws and require lots of time spent making corrections.
Solidworks Simulation makes changes by calculating the geometric formulas for the relevant shape to make the necessary adjustments.
The formula integration is automatic, which simplifies the process for existing design simulations. It also improves overall accuracy with mesh generation by accounting for consistent layering of curved surfaces and adjusting each layer to meet the overall design specifications.
This is particularly crucial with more complex designs with multiple unique curves that must each be calculated differently. This saves a significant amount of time on error correction throughout the design process.
New Mesh Diagnostic Features Makes for Greater Accuracy
Having a high-quality mesh is essential in building a simulation. The time it takes to integrate smaller pieces of more complex geometries into an accurate mesh can be immense. Furthermore, addressing issues with poorly constructed mesh segments, errors, and inconsistencies can completely derail simulation building.
Solidworks has developed new features that help to analyze the entirety of a mesh and isolate problem areas. It will then notify the designer of the issues so that they can address them.
There’s even a built-in mesh helper tool to assist with correcting problem areas of the mesh. These tools will improve speed, efficiency, and accuracy across all your simulation projects.
No Enforced Common Nodes Streamlines the Meshing Process
In 2020, Solidworks made this the default setting in order to facilitate easier meshing of larger, more complex, and multilayered designs. This serves to prevent errors from unintentional overlap when combining mesh, particularly where thickness and contact need to be calculated.
In 2021, Solidworks Simulation Flow is continuing to improve the program’s accuracy to make mesh joining smoother and more accurate than ever.
Solidworks Simulation Flow Takes 3D Simulation to The Next Level
Solidworks continues to focus on makes advancements in the 3D simulation that allow for faster, more accurate modeling and less time spent fixing errors and correcting inconsistencies. They have taken a real-world approach to solve some of the most common problems that still exist in the 3D modeling and simulation environment.
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