## The Impact-Test Cookbook

For Linear, Static stress analysis, we frequently say that the art of FEA is the art of the mesh. But when you do impact studies, then you must also take care about how you discretize Time, as well as Space.

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## Stripping a Coated/Plated Part in SolidWorks

In response to a comment from a past Coating/Plating Parts blog article, here is a simple technique for removing a few thousands of an inch from a finished part to simulate the stripping of a finish. The task is very similar to adding a finish to the part, except in reverse. The tools will be the same as the method Jason shared, only used a bit differently. The tricky thing about stripping the part is ensuring that you leave any non-finished faces, such as reamed or threaded holes, at their final size.

Please read through the steps below and watch the video for step-by-step instructions.

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## SolidWorks Simulation Tech Tip: Initial Temperatures

A friend recently emailed me an article that CERN researchers had ‘discovered’ that materials could be brought down to temperatures BELOW zero Kelvin. And I thought, “That’s gotta be against the law”. But it also reminds me of a common

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## Rho, Rho, Rho Your Boat: Conics in SolidWorks 2013

SolidWorks 2013 introduces a sketch entity type that was once the soledominion of expensive Class-A surface modeling systems of yesteryear: The Conic Section. As I learned in 10th grade, if you take a cone and slice it with a plane,

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## Sketches That Enforce Proportion

Sometimes a sketched feature is not intended to produce a particular dimension, so much as to create a chosen proportion. The most obvious way to enforce proportionality between any two dimensions in SolidWorks is to write an equation. Equations are

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