SOLIDWORKS Simulation Meshing Guide
Very few things are more important to the accuracy and efficiency of a finite element analysis (FEA) than the mesh. The mesh is quite literally your geometry broken up into the individual elements, which are finite in number. While SOLIDWORKS makes life easy with an automated approach, following a few key steps can ensure you achieve a mesh that produces trustworthy results relatively quickly. In general, we would favor finer meshes with smaller elements to obtain reliable results, therefore, the time required to solve the analysis will increase. Ultimately, we try to design optimum meshes providing reasonable accuracy levels in acceptable run times.
2. Create a Mesh
Note: A good rule of thumb is to have two or more solid elements through the thickness of your component without the ‘draft quality’ check box checked. If this is difficult to accomplish in a reasonable amount of time, consider switching to shell or beam elements
3. Analyze the Mesh Before Solving
4. Analyze the Mesh After Solving
About the author
A SOLIDWORKS user since 2005, Philip Morrow has developed his skills through his work as a student and machinist at the University of Texas, a mechanical engineer in Austin Texas, and an applications expert at MLC CAD Systems. With a specialty in simulation, Philip supports, teaches and designs with all things SOLIDWORKS.