A lot of you may be familiar with library features from the SOLIDWORKS perspective where we have the ability to save out features that can be used over again. Recently however, I stumbled upon the ability for us as simulation users to take advantage of this functionality as well! Let's say that you have a bolt or pin connector that you use over and over again. It can be a pain to have to setup the definition of that connector multiple times. It also makes it easy to make a mistake when you are inputting information like pre-loads or bolt strength multiple times. Instead of having to repeat the process, we can set up our bolt or pin once and then save it out as a library feature and then just drag in that connector from the design library and apply it to new faces! Lets take a look at how this works...
First we apply a single connector like we normally would.
Once our first connector has been applied, we simply right click the connector in the simulation tree and click, "Add to Library"
A dialog will come up and allow us to specify a name for our connector and a location in our design library that we want to save our connector library feature to.
Once saved, the library feature will be available anytime we are in a simulation study. All that is necessary is to browse to the location and drag our connector into the graphics area. This will activate the bolt connector and will pre-populate all the information associated with the connector definition. All that is necessary is to pick the faces that the bolt connector should be applied to.
Simulation library features are very easy to use but can potentially be very powerful if you have certain ones that are used over and over again. These library features are not limited to just bolt connectors either. They can be utilized with any type of simulation connector, external load, or fixture!
By: Chris Olson, Simulation Applications Engineer