Engineering Tips & Tricks

Design tips


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Designing sheet metal parts to reduce weight

Designing sheet metal parts to reduce weight Sheet metal parts may be shrewdly stiffened using pressed or formed features, without ...
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Folding Sheet Metal

Tips for Folding Sheet Metal If multiple returns are desired on a sheet metal pressing, a good rule of thumb ...
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Torsional Loading Conditions

Tips for Torsional Loading Conditions Cross bracing As seen from the figures opposite, diagonal bracing adds significant torsional stiffness compared ...
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Making the most of Inflection Points

Tips & Tricks: Making the most of Inflection Points In a rigid beam under bending, the bending moment passes through ...
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Design for machined parts

Tips & Tricks - Design for machined parts Designing cost-effective machined parts has some distinct differences compared to designing cast ...
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Living Hinges

Tips & Tricks: Living Hinges A living hinge (or plastic hinge) is a cleverly designed thin section of material that ...
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Rule of Thumb for Section Design

Tips & Tricks - Rule of Thumb for Section Design For thin sections with the same outer dimensions, the Rule ...
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Zinc Coatings

Tips & Tricks - Zinc Coatings When your steel product requires a surface finish that will be corrosion-resistant, there are ...
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Designing Mating Parts with Rotational Symmetry

Tips & Tricks - Designing Mating Parts with Rotational Symmetry Right and left handed parts are a common occurence in ...
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Getting the most out of the design process – reducing product development costs!

Getting the most out of the design process – reducing product development costs! Motovated has always focused on the synergy ...
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Analysis tips


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Tips & Tricks – Re-entrant corners!

Analysis of re-entrant stresses in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) This tip relates to analysis of re-entrant stresses in Finite Element ...
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Tips & Tricks – machine bracket redesign

Tips & Tricks - machine bracket redesign In this tip, we take a look at redesigning machine brackets to reduce ...
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Tips & Tricks – which weld is the best?

Tips & Tricks - which weld is the best? Weld 1: standard fillet weld Weld 2: combination groove and external ...
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Tips & Tricks: Designing for Hertzian Contact

Machine Design - Tips & Tricks: Designing for Hertzian Contact Sometimes in machine design it is very difficult to avoid ...
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Tips & Tricks: Inplane Effects

Tips & Tricks: Inplane Effects The example below highlights how compressive and tensile loads effect the capacity of a part ...
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Tips & Tricks: Inplane and large displacements

Tips & Tricks: Inplane and large displacements A common analysis example is a flat-walled tank under a pressure load. With ...
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Tips & Tricks – Weld Analysis Tools

Tips & Tricks - Weld Analysis Tools SolidWorks 2010 comes with a new edge weld tool which helps designers size ...
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Tips & Tricks – Choosing Sections for Torsion Loading

Tips & Tricks - Choosing Sections for Torsion Loading The type of section chosen will greatly influence the torsional stiffness ...
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Tips & Tricks – Designing for Impact Loads (Round 2)

Tips & Tricks - Designing for Impact Loads (Round 2) Energy absorption is the key to designing beams for impact ...
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Tips & Tricks: 3-2-1 Jig Theory applied to FEA Boundary Conditions

Tips & Tricks: 3-2-1 Jig Theory applied to FEA Boundary Conditions Any solid body as 6 rigid body degrees of ...
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Tips & Tricks: Fast and Easy Meshing!

Tips & Tricks: Fast and Easy Meshing! We all know how frustrating it can be to get complex models to ...
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Tips & Tricks: Simulation Modelling for Quicker Solution Times

Tips & Tricks: Simulation Modelling for Quicker Solution Times Here at Motovated we like to integrate analysis and FEA right ...
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Tips & Tricks: Tips For Shell Analysis In SolidWorks Simulation

Tips & Tricks: Tips For Shell Analysis In SolidWorks Simulation If you have spent much time performing shell analyses, you ...
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Tips & Tricks: Solid Works Tips

Tips & Tricks: Solid Works Tips In this Tip & Trick we offer few hints we have found helpful when ...
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Tips & Tricks: Creep Analysis of Plastics in SolidWorks

Creep Analysis of Plastics in SolidWorks In this Tip & Trick we take a look at the creep analysis of ...
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Tips & Tricks: Part 1 – Which FEA (Simulation) Software Is Best?

Tips & Tricks: Part 1 - Which FEA (Simulation) Software Is Best? For most engineering problems there is no difference ...
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Tips & Tricks: Part 2 – What’s the best value FEA approach for your business?

Tips & Tricks: Part 2 - What's the best value FEA approach for your business? 'CAD-embedded' Finite Element Analysis (FEA) ...
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Tips & Tricks: AutoDesk ForceEffect

Tips & Tricks: AutoDesk ForceEffect Ever had to scribble down a rough sketch of some problem geometry, run some quick ...
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Tips & Tricks: How material edge treatments aid folding

Tips & Tricks: How material edge treatments aid folding Folding thick plates Sometimes the edges of thick plates can tear ...
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Tips & Tricks: 3 Steps to verify FEA results.

Tips & Tricks: 3 Steps to verify FEA results. Before you set up an FEA, we suggest taking the following ...
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