Posts Tagged ‘3DVision Technologies’

Rotating Mesh Region SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation team has added powerful new functionality to their arsenal,  Rotating Mesh Regions.  Rotating mesh regions or “sliding mesh regions” allow the user to rotate geometry in the model and drive the fluid of the system.  If you are designing any device that utilizes, impellers, propellers, or other rotational apparatus Flow Simulation can provide results such as flow rate, pressure drop, velocity, and many more, all based on the rotation of the geometry.  A transient or time based study is required to use the Rotating Mesh Region.

Application of Rotating Mesh

Application of Rotating Mesh

 

Rotating Mesh Region

Rotating Mesh Region

 

If you have SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2015 already loaded you can find the rotating mesh region under the rotation type “Local regions(s) (Sliding mesh).  Utilize the rotating region boundary condition as usual in the Flow Simulation Design Tree.

Analysis Settings

Analysis Settings

 

For a look at the Rotating Mesh Region please see the following link.

 

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

3DVision Tech Tip-Center of Mass Tool

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Using the SolidWorks Center of Mass Tool

Use the Center of Mass tool to show the global center of mass of your parts and assemblies. Use Insert Model Items to display them in drawings.  The Center of Mass feature will stay at the top of the feature tree and indicates the global center of mass.

 If you want to show the Center of Mass at a specific place and time in the feature tree, use the Center of Mass Reference Point (parts only), which indicates the center of mass at that point in the model.  This reference point can be used to drive dimensions in the model.

Solidworks Center of Mass Tool

Scott High

Technical Services Manager 3DVision Technologies

Make Your Voice Heard! Vote for the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Voting is NOW open on the annual SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten List!

Just folow the link below to log on to the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 section of the discussion forum. You can give the thumbs up or down to as many ideas as you like. But HURRY, voting closes on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Vote Here

The ten ideas with the most votes will become the Top Ten List for 2015. This list will be presented at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix, AZ in February. If you don’t vote you are passing up on an easy way to tell SOLIDWORKS how they can improve the software to meet your needs.

So please review and VOTE VOTE VOTE for submitted ideas.

SolidWorks World 2015

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Customer Spotlight- SelectTech Geospatial

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Advancing rapid military systems development with

SolidWorks Premium

SelectTech Geospatial Customer Story

The SelectTech GeoSpatial Advanced Manufacturing Facility specializes in the rapid development, production, and delivery of command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C2ISR) systems.

The company was founded to create and manufacture C2ISR systems more rapidly than other defense contractors. To accomplish that mission, SelectTech GeoSpatial needed to use the latest 3D development technologies and lean, flexible manufacturing processes,according to Executive Director Frank Beafore.

“Our niche is being able to design and build a range of special projects on the fly,” Beafore explains. “To succeed, we need to develop, manufacture, and ship C2ISR and related systems for deployment faster than anyone else. The US Department of Defense (DOD) values contractors who can consistently deliver on time and on budget. From the very beginning, we sought out the best design and manufacturing tools available to help our people meet that standard.”

After evaluating 3D design solutions, including the Autodesk®, Inventor®, Solid Edge®, and SolidWorks® design systems, SelectTech GeoSpatial chose SolidWorks Premium software as its sole development platform. “We chose SolidWorks software because it is designed and packaged well,” Beafore recalls. “It has an intuitive user interface and provides access to a lot of complementary tools and technologies—such as finite element analysis (FEA) and rapid prototyping—in a single integrated environment.”

“I’ve used other packages, and SolidWorks is so much easier,” adds Chief Designer Beth Galang. “SolidWorks Premium provides all of the modeling tools that we need—like weldments, sheet metal, surfacing, and simulation capabilities—to quickly design, manufacture, and deliver important defense systems.”

Supporting C2ISR rapid-response demands

Since implementing SolidWorks Premium software, SelectTech GeoSpatial has supported a wide range of DOD projects, including UAS (unmanned aircraft system) ground stations, command and control units, PED modules, secure field facilities, transportable SATCOM stations, mobile data centers, UAS secure field maintenance hangars, and tactical operations control centers. The company’s string of successful projects has enabled SelectTech GeoSpatial to expand into the growing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and UAS market.

“We’re used to working in tight spaces, integrating electronics, antennas, and other C2ISR system components inside small design envelopes in military aircraft,” Beafore notes. “Because we have become so proficient with SolidWorks software and have entered the UAV market, we decided to do something that no one’s ever done: design, build, and fly a small UAV plane that was completely manufactured on a 3D printer.”

Printing a UAV

Working with SolidWorks Premium software and a Stratasys® Dimension® FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D printer, SelectTech GeoSpatial set out to prove that an agile, innovative company could produce a UAV quickly and with limited resources. Using SolidWorks software, the company cut development time on the plane by  75 percent and prototyping costs by 83 percent. The plane’s successful test  flight marked the first time that a 3D-printed UAV took off and landed sucessfully. The only parts of the plane, which has a four-foot wingspan and weighs less than five pounds, that did not come off the 3D printer are the motor, landing gear, and two carbon-fiber rods.

“The purpose of the project was to demonstrate that we can conceive, develop, and execute complex systems and get them out quickly, “Beafore stresses. “We basically built a UAV in a week and a half, and SolidWorks played a major role in that effort. Because of this project, we’re now developing a full 25-pound UAV with a 10-foot wingspan. SolidWorks software enables us to rapidly design and build UAVs.”

SelectTech Geospatial Customer Story 2            SelectTech Geospatial Customer Story 3

Seeing and testing a system before it is built

One of the reasons that SelectTech GeoSpatial is so much faster than competitors is that SolidWorks design visualization and simulation tools allow the company to present design concepts to customers and simulate component performance before building a single part. “On a recent special project, I created a walk-through animation that virtually showed what the final facility would look like,” Galang says. “the rendered system looked so real that the animation alone pushed the project through to the next step in the process.

“With SolidWorks, we can model something up in a fraction of the time of other packages,use integrated simulation tools to make sure that the design can withstand adverse conditions and use PhotoView 360 to show the system in photorealistic detail,” Galang adds. “SolidWorks lets is simultaneously create, test, build, and demonstrate designs, which results in faster deployment.”

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Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

2015 Flow Simulation Compare Tool Improvements

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Every new release of Flow Simulation adds more functionality, faster solution times, and customer requested enhancements.  One of the 2015 enhancements is the Study Compare Tool overhaul.  In 2014 a user could compare any active plot and goals between projects in the same model.  This is very useful functionality when comparing between different design options under the same flow conditions.  Only being able to compare active plots lead to some drawbacks and some fumbling for what you actually wanted to see.  The goal plots gave the engineer only a table view of the reported values.  Great for a quick numerical comparison, but this left the user manipulating the data in Excel to get nice visual graphs.

 

This is where 2015 Flow Simulation Compare Tool comes in.  2015 Compare improvements allow the user to directly compare all the generated plots in the project, not just the active one.  If they do not want all the plots they can pick and choose which ones they want to see though a check box interface.  The comparison does not end there, we now can compare XY plots, Tabular Data, and other enhanced chart options.  New to the goal plot is a series of enhanced display options allowing the user to display the goal plot data in bar chart, scatter plot, and over/under displays.

Compare Interface

 

 

Pressure Chart

Bar Chart

 

To access the Flow Simulation Compare Tool, go to Tools>Flow Simulation>Results>Compare, or choose the compare Icon on the Flow Command manager.

Compare Results

Compare Results

 

2015 Flow Simulation Compare Tool enhancements, improve the direct outputs from Flow Simulation,  greatly decrease the time to get to the important data, give the engineer better knowledge of the Project results.  Flow Simulation in 2015 is helping make the user, Better, Faster, and Smarter.

Globe Valve Flow

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

3DVision Technologies Open House

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

3D Printing Open House

Hosted by 3DVision Technologies

Thursday, August 14th 10:00am-2:00pm

Come and see the Stratasys line of Fortus and Objet printers and learn more about 3D printing and how it can save you time and money.

Join us for a casual and informative Open House to learn about the latest advances in 3D printing and materials and meet industry experts.

  • 3D Printer Demonstrations
  • Materials Discussion
  • View FDM and Polyjet Parts
  • Applications Discussion

Guest Speaker Presentations:  10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm

Win a MakerBot Replicator Mini

Guess how many years 3DVision Technologies has been in the 3D printing business and you’ll be entered to win a MAKERBOT REPLICATOR MINI!

Open House Makerbot Replicator Mini

Hint:  3 of the 4 highest goal scorers in the World Cup wore this number

 

Registration by August 7th is required, space is limited so don’t delay. Hope to see you there!

 

Click Here to Register>>

Location:

3DVision Technologies

11500 Northlake Drive Suite 122

Cincinnati, OH 45249

Agenda:

10:00am: Meet and Greet

10:30am: Guest Speaker

11:30am: Guest Speaker

1:30pm: Guest Speaker

2:00pm: Final Questions

 

 

Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Duplicate SolidWorks Plastics Project

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

SolidWorks Simulation allows a user to ‘Duplicate’ a study, and SolidWorks Flow Simulation allows a user to ‘Clone’ a project.  Why not SolidWorks Plastics?  SolidWorks plastics is an injection molding software that allows a user to understand the manufacturability of a plastic part.  Because this is a fully integrated SolidWorks Simulation product different Projects are related to configurations in the part.  To re-use the setup from project to project please follow the instructions in the link below.

Duplicate Plastics Project

This functionality allows a user to quickly duplicate a project to change different parameters and re-run.  If you are currently using SolidWorks Plastics this information will speed up your work flow and Simulation setup times.

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Have you “Inspected” SolidWorks Inspection yet?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool. InspectionIcon

SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need. INPro

Every license of Inspection comes with a stand-alone application and an add-in to SOLIDWORKS.  The stand-alone application allows you to leverage your legacy PDFs and TIFFs while the add-in uses the 2D SOLIDWORKS drawing. The add-in places the balloons directly on the SOLIDWORKS drawing giving the user full control of the shape and the look.  The dimension information is captured and the user has the ability to add other properties per dimension. INAddin

The stand-alone application uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read the nominal dimension and tolerance.  This helps reduce typing errors from manual input. INStandOCR

With either application, you have the ability to output the inspection report as a user-customizable excel file.  This can easily be customized via the Inspection Wizard giving you great flexibility. INReport Click Here to visit 3DVision’s website for more information and to request a demo of SOLIDWORKS Inspection.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Weldments and Bill of Materials

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment.
Weldment Icon
The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when you would add your Weldment design to an assembly.

Now with your Weldment in the assembly and the other components attached, you need a Bill of Materials (BOM).  It’s possibly to show the cut list for all the structural members in an assembly BOM.  You will need to choose a BOM Type of Indented in the PropertyManager.

BOM Property Manager
Once you choose the indented type, the BOM will show as a cut list.  The QTY column shows a total length for the structural member.

BOM Image
If you then choose “Detailed cut list” in the BOM Type, it will break each member out in their own row with a length value.

BOM Image Detailed
Now your assembly BOMs can show all the individual items even in the Weldment.  But what if you are using Enterprise PDM.  Can you see the cut list in EPDM?  Of course you can.  It is under the Bill of Materials tab.  You would need to set-up a Weldment Cut List template in EPDM but that is very simple.

EPDM Cut List
As you can see, the cut list item names can be shown to make finding the correct member easy.  Just like in a drawing, you can choose to see a Weldment BOM.

EPDM Weldment BOM
This will group all the members together giving you a total quantity.  If you select the “Contains” tab, and RMB on a Weldment member, you get some more useful functionality.

EPDM Contains Tab
When you choose “Properties”, you can see the members data card with the length.

EPDM Data Card Weldment
You will need to add the length field to the card and map it to the “BOM Quantity” variable.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part.

With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example.

Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”.

The Boundary Condition auto populates on all “Part 1s” in the model.

You can deselect the instance(s) you do not want included.

Note: the “Part 1″ needs to be a part in an assembly for the transfer to work.

For the full pdf instructions please see the link below:

Replicate Condition Flow

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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