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: https://youtu.be/HQUXZJd6Fww
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.
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.
Step 3: Start a simulation
Start a simulation study: This is to load the SOLIDWORKS Simulation tool for the study we are planning.
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.
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.
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.
Step 7: Run the simulation
Run the simulation: This will ask the software to start computing the study results.
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.