Tutorial: how to test if a model withstands a certain weight in SolidWorks?

Well here are steps for simple analysis. First of all i'm not any professional but maybe this will help you.

  1. Step 1:

    This is the bracket i'm going to use.

  2. Step 2:

    Open the part file and then go to Tools>>addins and check the SolidWorks Simulation there and click OK.

  3. Step 3:

    Now under simulation tab click Study advisor and New study.

  4. Step 4:

    Enter any name and keep the default type of study (i.e. Static). Click OK.

  5. Step 5:

    Now click Apply material.

  6. Step 6:

    Select the material and click apply and close.

  7. Step 7:

    Under Fixture advisor choose Fixed geometry.

  8. Step 8:

    The fixture property manager will show. Here we have to define the faces which will remain fix during the loading condition.

  9. Step 9:

    Select the holes and click OK. These holes will be fixed by bolts.

  10. Step 10:

    Now select External Loads and then Force.

  11. Step 11:

    Select the face under load and enter the value of load. Click OK.

  12. Step 12:

    Now click Run under simulation tab. Some meshing screen and solver will process and after done the deformed part will show.

  13. Step 13:

    This is the analysis output screen. You can change the different option under results for desired output.