A guide to SolidWorks Simulation and Finite Element Analysis

#11 SolidWorks Simulation System Options

In this post were going to explore the wide array of SolidWorks Simulation Options and Settings; in the #10 SolidWorks Simulation Basic Video Tutorial changes such as additional result plots and changing units from Pascals to MPa were done after running the simulation, however many of these options can be set before running the study. I recommend to do this before running any real simulation projects as it will save a lot of time and you can customize the settings for your company or personal use.

Go to the Simulation Drop Down menu and select options.

Simulation Drop Down Menu

This will launch the Simulation System Options dialog box as can be seen below. Under the System Option tab there are two avaialbe menus, General and Default Library. I’m not going to cover every available option as many of them are self explanatory, but I will go through the most important and useful options.

Simulation System Options Dialog Box

Load/Fixture Symbol Quality – Use this to toggle the load and fixture symbols (the pink and green arrows) to either appear as a shaded fully formed symbol or as a simple wire frame, selecting wire frame can help SolidWorks run quicker and reduce slowdown when it is trying to display all the loads and fixtures in the simulation window.

Load/Fixture Symbols

Dynamic Plot Updates – By enabling, results plots will update in real time when chart and graph appearances are changed, however this can reduce performance for viewing study results.

Show Yield Strength Marker on Von Mises Plots – This will enable an arrow on the plot legend showing the yield point of the material, but only when the yield point is in range of the legend. Also note that no arrow will appear if more than one material is being used in the study.

Run Simulation Adviser from Command Manager – In #4 SolidWorks Simulation, Creating a New Study said not to click the new study icon on the Simulation toolbar but instead to use the drop down arrow and select ‘New Study’ so as not to auto launch the Study Advisor, however by un-checking this option it removes the automatic launching any buttons on the Simulation Toolbar, which I find very useful.

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  1. Alessandro
    June 21, 2012 at 17:59 #

    Hi Chris,
    I’ve always ignored the option “Load/Fixture Symbol Quality”.
    I’m having issues on certain machines when applying pressure loads to many feaces. Do you think that the option could help ?


    • Chris
      June 21, 2012 at 20:30 #

      Hi Alex,

      I would say this could possibly help, I know when you have a lot of loads applied and reload the viewing screen you can see it as it goes round and loads each individual symbol and sometimes causes the computer to hang.

      This is a recent option I have discovered and turned it on instantly (to wire mesh) since I have actually noticed an improvement.

      I am more than happy to take a look at it for if you send me the file?

      Let me know if I can help further.


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