Ken Welch

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Ken was the cofounder and CEO at SIMSOLID corporation. He has over 30 years experience in the CAE industry in a variety of technical, sales and executive roles at companies including PDA Engineering, Rasna, Moldflow and MSC Software. Ken holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis.

New Altair SimSolid Power edition subscription

The Altair SimSolid Power edition is now available as either a monthly or annual subscription. The new monthly subscription is an easy and affordable way to add additional incremental design-analysis functionality and capacity. The Power edition extends Altair SimSolid in a number … Read More

New Altair SimSolid design studies

The primary goal of design-analysis is to evaluate the effect of design changes on the product’s performance. This needs to be done quickly and completely – at the “speed of design”. Most embedded CAD system analysis today are limited to … Read More

Creating spot welds in Altair SimSolid

Spot welding is a common manufacturing technique to connect sheet metal parts in an assembly.  While the process to create the physical weld is well understood, the methodology to model it for analysis is not. Traditional FEA systems require a … Read More

Controlling Altair SimSolid solution accuracy

Using Altair SimSolid, it is very easy to setup and run a structural simulation. Geometry simplification and editing is not required and there is no laborious, error prone, meshing steps to worry about. Although Altair SimSolid does not have a … Read More

How to create a bolt load in Altair SimSolid

In traditional FEA, there are many approaches to simulate bolt loading. Most of them are based on the idea of bolt shank shrinkage. The shrinkage creates the force applied to parts which are connected to the bolt.  The bolt itself usually … Read More

Managing materials in complex assemblies

Applying material properties in Altair SimSolid is very straightforward. Open the material application dialog, select a material property, select one or more parts in the Project tree or the Graphics window and pick “Apply to selected materials” – simple. But what if … Read More

How to export Altair SimSolid animations

With our latest release, Altair SimSolid can now export deformation or mode shape animations into a H.264 encoded MP4 file. To export an animation, right mouse button select any animation bookmark (those with a triangle in the upper left corner) … Read More