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How to simulate car rolling down ramp?

By Stephen Nyberg on 30 Jul 20:49 1 answer 1101 views 0 comments

I designed a car for a competition (http://www.idsaconference.org/index.php/program/special-events/item/267-launch-day-challenge) that is a 3D printed pinewood derby car. How can I simulate the car driving down the ramp in SolidWorks 2012? I wanted to see how changes would change the speed and flight distance. The ramp and the wheels are provided in the above link.
Thanks.

Here is my car:
IDSA Launch Day 2013: entry 1

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  • Derek Wu
    Derek Wu about 4 years ago

    You would need a CFD software to do so. Solidworks does include "Motion Study" but you can only generate friction from the wheels to the ramp which is independent of air resistance.

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