As a design engineer, you're constantly expected to innovate quickly while producing cost-effective products. With design requirements continually getting more complex, knowing how your designs will behave under real-world conditions can make all the difference between success and failure.
The best way to achieve this level of knowledge is using virtual prototyping directly inside of SOLIDWORKS while you design. Simulation gives you the insight to ensure you've achieved an optimal design that can be manufactured into a reliable physical product.
Download chapter one of the four-part Step Up to Simulation eBook series to learn how companies like Akribis Systems and Russell Mineral Equipment are using virtual prototyping to design with more opportunities for optimization, less rework, and a faster time to market. In addition, you’ll understand the tools available to help you discover better design decisions including:
- Trend Tracker: set a baseline analysis and easily compare the impact of design changes on key criteria like maximum stress or maximum displacement
- Fatigue Simulation: see a clearer picture of how repeated or random load cycles can cause structural failures in your design under a high cycle fatigue.
- Time-based Motion Analysis: evaluate the physics of assembly motion where components move over a set period of time.
- Frequency Analysis: obtain a component’s natural frequencies of vibration.
- Thermal Analysis: understand the thermal characteristics of your design and solve conjugate heat transfer issues during the design process.
- Thermal Structural Analysis: determine the stress and deformation due to different material coefficients of expansion.
- Structural Optimization: reach the best available strength-to-weight ratio, frequency response, or stiffness performance for your product.