How to do Your First Static Simulation in SOLIDWORKS

This will take you through the basic step-by-step procedure of conducting static simulations in SOLIDWORKS.

You can check out the following video for the processes applied:

  1. Step 1: Prepare the model

    Have our 3D model prepared for simulations: This could be to build the 3D model to start with or adjust an existing model as needed for simulation. 

  2. Step 2: Apply the material

    Assign the structural materials: The material is important because it will be a big factor in determining the outcome of the simulation as different materials will behave differently to different conditions.  

  3. Step 3: Start a simulation

    Start a simulation study: This is to load the SOLIDWORKS Simulation tool for the study we are planning. 

  4. Step 4: Apply fixtures

    Apply the fixtures: This is important to have restricted the degrees of freedom of the 3D model to enable us to solve it. 

  5. Step 5: Apply loads

    Apply the load: This will allow us to determine what will our 3D model be exposed to. Will it be exposed to a force, pressure, torque, or others.  

  6. Step 6: Generate the mesh

    Generate the mesh: the mesh will generate the nodes, which the software will use as a base to calculate the stresses, movements, and other calculations. 

  7. Step 7: Run the simulation

    Run the simulation: This will ask the software to start computing the study results. 

  8. Step 8: Interpret the result

    View and interpret the results: after the study is completed, we will get our chance to evaluate the data resulting from it and start extracting the required data out of it.