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The powerful Design Study tools in SolidWorks Simulation enable product engineers to evaluate specific performance and usage scenarios during design and perform design optimization using a uniform workflow.
Design Study Overview
Design is an iterative process as product engineers continuously modify the design until it meets acceptance criteria defined by safety, cost, performance, convenience, and shape. To optimize product development, SolidWorks Simulation provides powerful tools to automate these iterations and find the best design earlier.
The Evaluation Design Study enables you to evaluate multiple scenarios for your design—you specify discrete values for each variable and use sensors as constraints. The software runs the study using various combinations of the values, and then reports the output for each combination so you can find the best design scenario for your product.
You can evaluate a vast number of problems with a Design Study:
- Define multiple variables using any simulation parameters or driving global variable
- Define multiple constraints using sensors
- Define multiple goals using sensors
- Analyze models without simulation results (For example, minimize the mass of an assembly with variables for model dimensions and density, and the constraint of volume.)
- Evaluate design choices by using different materials as a variable
Design Study uses the parametric, feature-based modeling and automatic regeneration capabilities of SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation to automate the optimization process. Based on the Design of Experiments method, the study finds the optimum design according to goals or to objective functions, design variables, and constraints. The analysis runs iterations of the values and reports the optimum combination to meet your specified goal.