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.
Validating a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Validating a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Locking pins are commonly used when assembly and disassembly are frequent and needs to be done quickly. Some common uses are vehicle hitches, adjustable scaffolding, telescoping arms, or basically anything with holes that needs a pin to align it. Traditionally, quick release pins are made up of multiple components and are spring-loaded, have a cotter pin, or a swinging wire to keep them in place. 

September 22, 2022
Designing a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism With SOLIDWORKS

Designing a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism With SOLIDWORKS

A quick release pin is used in many designs to keep the holes of multiple components aligned. They are commonly used when assembly and disassembly are frequent and needs to be done quickly. Some common uses are vehicle hitches, adjustable scaffolding, telescoping arms, or basically anything with holes that need a pin to align it. Traditionally, quick release pins are made up of multiple components and are spring-loaded, have a cotter pin, or a swinging wire to keep them in place.  

September 22, 2022
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