The SOLIDWORKS Simulation course enables users to simulate, validate and optimize designs before manufacturing.


R20500.00 incl. VAT

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The SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bundle course offered by MECAD Academy, is designed to equip engineers and designers with the knowledge and skill to perform analysis and motion studies on their 3D models.

This bundle course is two-fold and consists of Simulation and Motion sections.

During the course, participants will learn how to create simulation studies, define loads and constraints, interpret simulation results, and use the results to improve product designs. Additionally, participants will learn best practices for setting up simulation studies and interpreting results, ensuring they have the skills needed to leverage the full potential of SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides several benefits, including the ability to identify design flaws and weak points early in the design process, thus reducing the risk of costly mistakes during production. It also enables the optimization of designs to enhance product performance and durability, and ultimately, it helps reduce product development time and cost.

The course is lecture based with hands on exercises, which enables users to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained through each lesson. Online training is also available, allowing the user to works at his/her own pace.


Day 1

Module 1: The Analysis Process

  • The Analysis Process
  • Preprocessing
  • Meshing
  • Processing
  • Post Processing
  • Multiple Studies
  • Reports

Module 2: Mesh Controls, Stress Concentrations and Boundary Conditions

  • Mesh Control
  • Understanding the effect of Boundary Conditions

Module 3: Assembly Analysis with Interactions

  • Interaction Analysis
  • Contact or Bonded Bonded Interaction
  • Local Interaction

Module 4: Symmetrical and Free Self-Equilibrated Assemblies

  • Shrink Fit Parts
  • Analysis with Soft Springs

Module 5: Assembly Analysis with Connectors and Mesh Refinement

  • Remote/Load Mass
  • Connectors
  • Mesh Control in Assembly
  • Mesh Plots

Day 2

Module 6: Bonded Mesh Options

  • Bonded Mesh Options
  • Centrifugal Force
  • Cyclical Symmetry
  • Bonding Options
  • Bonding Formulation

Module 7: Analysis of Thin Components

  • Thin Components
  • Mesh with Solid Elements
  • Refined Solid Mesh
  • Solid versus Shell
  • Creating Shell Elements
  • Result Comparison

Module 8: Mixed Meshing Shells & Solids

  • Mixed Meshing Solids and Shells
  • Pressure Vessel

Module 9: Beam Elements – Analysis of a Conveyor Frame

  • Project

Module 10: Mixed Meshing Solids, Beams & Shells

  • Mixed Meshing
  • Beam Imprint

Day 3

Module 11: Design Study

  • Multiple Load Cases
  • Geometry Modification

Module 12: Thermal Stress Analysis

  • Thermal Stress Analysis
  • Saving Model in its Deformed Shape

Module 13: Adaptive Meshing

  • Adaptive Meshing
  • H-Adaptiviy Study
  • P-Adaptivity Study

Module 14: Large Displacement Analysis

  • Small vs. Large Displacement Analysis
  • Small Displacement Linear Analysis
  • Large Displacement Nonlinear Analysis


Day 4

Module 1: Introduction to Motion Simulation and Forces

  • Basic Motion Analysis
  • Forces
  • Results

Module 2: Building a Motion Model and Post-processing

  • Creating Local Mates
  • Mates
  • Local Mates
  • Power
  • Plotting Kinematic Results

Module 3: Introduction to Contacts, Springs and Dampers

  • Contact and Friction
  • Contact
  • Contact Groups
  • Contact Friction
  • Translational Spring
  • Translational Damper
  • Post-processing
  • Analysis with Friction

Module 4: Advanced Contact

  • Contact Forces
  • STEP Function
  • Contact: Solid Bodies
  • Geometrical Description of Contacts
  • Integrators
  • Instability Points
  • Modifying Results Plots

Module 5: Curve to Curve Contact

  • Contact Forces
  • Curve to Curve Contact
  • Solid Bodies vs. Curve to Curve Contact
  • Solid Bodies Contact Solution

Module 6: Cam Synthesis

  • Cams
  • Trace Path
  • Exporting Trace Path Curves

Day 5

Module 7: Motion Optimization

  • Motion Optimization
  • Sensors
  • Optimization Analysis

Module 8: Flexible Joints

  • Flexible Joints
  • System with Flexible Joints

Module 9: Redundancies

  • Redundancies
  • How to check for Redundancies?
  • Typical Redundant Mechanisms

Module 10: Export to FEA

  • Exporting Results
  • Direct Solution in SOLIDWORKS Motion

Module 11: Event Based Simulation

  • Event Based Simulation
  • Servo Motors
  • Sensors
  • Task

Module 12: Design Project (Optional)

  • Design Project

Skill Prerequisites

  • Mechanical design experience.
  • Completed the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course.
  • Experience with the Windows® operating system.
  • Fundamental knowledge of plastic materials. plastic part design and/or injection mold design.

System Requirements

SOLIDWORKS Version: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
CPU: 64-bit; Intel or AMD
RAM: 16 GB or more
GPU: Certified cards and drivers (SOLIDWORKS Hardware Support)
Storage Drives: SSD drives are recommended for optimal performance

Pierre du Plooy (Durban)
Jaco van den Berg (Centurion)
Rudolf van den Berg (Cape Town)
Wian Vermaak (Centurion)
Evan van den Berg (Centurion)


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