SOLIDWORKS Simulation in the Real World: Onsite in Peru at the Nazca Lines

SOLIDWORKS SimulationSOLIDWORKS Simulation offers a virtual world to test your designs. We often use the phrase “real world simulation” when we talk about SOLIDWORKS Simulation, but this phrase took on a whole different meaning for me on a recent trip to Peru. When I was visiting the Nazca lines, I had the opportunity to use the software to help address concerns another tourist had about the safety of the observation tower.

Check out the video to see what happened…


Is it strong enough? Is it safe enough? These are questions we as designers have on a regular basis. For answers we turn to Simulation. I thought, why can’t Simulation be used for every body, because these questions and concerns aren’t limited to just designers. So right there on  the side of the highway, I took out my laptop and used Simulation to prove that there is a factor of safety in the structure.

This was really only possible because of how easy Simulation is to use. With all the great time saving features like auto mesh and the “new-ish” automatic bonding of shells with gaps, I was able to get Luz an answer in a matter of just a few minutes. In the office or in the middle of the Peruvian desert, SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be used to answer “what if” questions about designs.

Stephen Petrock
Since 1998, TriMech has helped our clients design better products by partnering with them and offering, not only CAD, CAE, PDM, FEA, CAM software products, but also by engineering solutions involving full-time and temporary staffing, contract design, analysis and drafting services, rapid prototyping, custom programming and implementation services. TriMech is a value-added reseller of SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys 3D Printers in the Mid-Atlantic and South-East including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Stephen Petrock