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Safety factor

sebastian_glanznersebastian_glanzner Member, Developers Posts: 397 PRO
Hello everyone,

I would like to suggest a safety factor as result type. Maybe you are already planning to implement something like this. Anyway here are some of my thoughts:

Visualizing the safety factor would help the user to quickly identify problematic parts in a big assembly.
When you have different materials with different yield stresses, a safety factor would enable you to compare parts in an assembly.

It would be great if the safety factor would be a company setting. So the admin could determine the color banding of the safety factor, so each user see the same results. 
For example one company would set the red color for a safety factor of 100% of the yield strength. Another company may set the red color to all parts which reach 80% of the yield strength of its material.

A safety factor could also be used to create tasks in Onshape. For example an engineer is performing a simulation of an assembly and one part has a too low safety factor.
He could create a comment and make it a task for another designer:
Hey Bob, I just checked the assembly and one part has a to small safety factor of 0.8.
Could you please increase its strength or change the material so we get at least 1.1?
See attached screenshot.
What do you think?


  • chris_gromek_onshapechris_gromek_onshape Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 19
    Yes!  Everyone should see a new update in the coming weeks, and in that you will find the following result types:

    Von Mises
    Safety Factor
    Signed Von Mises
    Maximum Principal Stress

    Those are the five metrics with which we will enable for Onshape Simulate's initial commercial use, the last two being available only after the solution has fully converged (as opposed to intermediate updates).  Glad we were all thinking in the same direction!
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