There are many ways to layout and structure manufacturing drawings in SolidWorks. A typical product will comprise multiple levels of custom parts, assemblies, sub-assemblies, OEM components and multi-bodied parts.
The image below shows one way of structuring manufacturing drawings under a top level General Assembly drawing.
The flow diagram below shows a method for investigating User Needs by looking at the specific tasks that the product will have to perform. These headings would have their own category in the PDS, as shown in the lower image.
Aligning a fastener in a slot is a typical task in CAD modelling, and with SolidWorks there are number of different ways to do it. This post will look at some different methods that can be used for “mating” a fastener in a slot, trying to identify the method that is most stable and easy to edit. Click the images below to view them at full size.
The CAD model below shows four fasteners aligned in slots, using four different sets of mates:
The middle-right fastener is constrained with two Symmetry mates, one acting in the X-Axis and one acting in the Y-Axis:
The top-right fastener has a Concentric mate aligning the cylindrical surface of the fastener with the centre point of the slot feature sketch (below-left).
The middle-left fastener uses a horizontal Symmetry mate, like the fastener before, except this time it is used in combination with a vertical Width mate (below-right).
The final lower-left fastener uses a coincident mate to align the Temporary axes of the fastener and the slot feature (below-left). This is the best method I have found so far, but it relies on the slots having a temporary X-Axis, which relies on the slot being created in the right way.
The above-right image shows two slots – one that’s been created with a “Straight Slot” sketch feature and one that’s been created with a combination of line and arc sketch features. It can be seen that the “Straight Slot” feature has a Temporary Axis through its centre, whereas the slot created with line and arc features does not. I’d be interested to know if this is different in SolidWorks 2014.
The aim of this mini-project was to create some simple Solidworks animations of interesting everyday mechanisms. The first animation – a retractable pen – was created with the help of this Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Clicker-Pen/
The aim of this project was to create a small tablesaw/router for the Dremel rotary tool.
The design was borrowed from this instructable and quite a bit of scrap material was used, so the end result is not very pretty but should do the job. I decided to make my own rather than buy the official Dremel Router Table, mainly because I wanted the option of adding a mini-saw in the future.