Written by: Enrique Garcia, Application Engineer
In 2018, SOLIDWORKS Simulation introduced the new Pin Connector constraint in which you could define more than two coaxial cylindrical surfaces that will be participating with the pin connector, all in the single selection box. This change is great for multiple stacked parts that will engage with the same pin connector. In 2017 and earlier releases of Simulation, one had to set up one pin connector definition for each cylindrical face pair causing additional setup time for each area involving a virtual pin.
Now in 2019, the new Pin Connector functionality has been extended to include support for nonlinear static and nonlinear dynamic studies. You can define a single Pin Connector definition for up to 10 coaxial cylindrical faces or circular edges that can belong to one or multiple separate solid bodies.
This will increase your productivity when setting simulation studies that make use of hinge geometry or staked parts.