Articles by Dayne Mcguire-Lavallee

Articles by Dayne Mcguire-Lavallee

Dayne is an applications engineer at Hawk Ridge Systems in the Edmonton Office. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Using a Design Study to Prove Convergence in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Using a Design Study to Prove Convergence in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

In this blog, I am going to show you how to use a design study to run consecutive studies to refine the mesh in an area of interest and get a convergence plot. Proving that the mesh is independent of the solution is an integral part of simulation. If you are unfamiliar with mesh convergence, I highly suggest you check out this blog "SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Achieving Convergence of Results." There are some awesome tools in SOLIDWORKS Simulation like Adaptive Meshing and Hot Spot Diagnosis that do this process automatically, but those tools are not available for all mesh and study types. With those tools, it is also hard to control the exact area of refinement, limits of the mesh sizing, and avoiding singularities. I have broken the process into five steps for easy reference and simplicity.

April 13, 2021
Understanding a Compliant Mechanism Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Understanding a Compliant Mechanism Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

A compliant mechanism is a flexible device that achieves force and motion transmission through elastic body deformation. A compliant mechanism gains its motion from the relative flexibility of its members rather than from rigid-body joints. The fact that a complaint mechanism uses the elasticity of the material to move makes it perfect for a linear static study. In a SOLIDWORKS Simulation linear static study, the results have to stay within the linear elastic range of the material or return to its original shape once all loading is stopped, making this the perfect domain for compliant mechanisms.

November 20, 2020
Creating a Center of Mass Reference Point in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

Creating a Center of Mass Reference Point in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

In the SOLIDWORKS assembly environment, you can visualize the center of mass (COM) in the graphics area and read the coordinate points, but you cannot reference the COM. In the part modeling environment, there is a Create Center of Mass Reference Point button that will make a selectable, relatable point at the part’s COM.

August 6, 2020
How to Customize the Formatting of a SOLIDWORKS DXF or DWG File

How to Customize the Formatting of a SOLIDWORKS DXF or DWG File

A DXF or DWG file is the common input required for cutting machines like a laser, plasma, hot wire, or water jet cutters. Each machine is unique and likes the file formatted in a certain way to distinguish between operations like cutting, engraving, or etching. SOLIDWORKS gives you the option to map different entities (model edges, bend lines, sketches, form tools, etc.) to the required DXF or DWG formatting. You have the flexibility to change the line style and color for a variety of SOLIDWORKS entities.

June 4, 2020
Testing Airflow Through a Classic Car With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Testing Airflow Through a Classic Car With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

I have always had a fascination with classic cars. They are fun to admire, drive and work on, but sometimes they lack the comfort of modern cars. Driving a car without air conditioning in the hot summer months has led me to test many window configurations to maintain a cool internal temperature without getting windburn on your face. I have decided to use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to put my window configuration hypothesis to the test.

May 12, 2020