free solidworks tutorial-assembly
type : tutorial ebook - PDF
whats in for audience: lesson to exercise solidworks assembly
target feature of tutotrial: solidworks assembly
features used in tutorial:
- solidworks sketch
- solidworks boss-extrude
- solidworks refrence geometry
- solidworks mirror
- solidworks cut extrude
- solidworks convert entities
- solidworks rib
- solidworks fillet
- solidworks assembly tools
difficulty level: advanced
provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)
price: free solidworks tutorial PDF book
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You will create this assembly during the tutorial :
In this tutorial I assume that you know the basic of solidworks and you should know how to interactively work with the software . this means that you should know how to open a sketch , define a plane and … . if you don’t know the basics I recommend you to visit the solidworks beginner tutorials first.
If you had any questions don’t hesitate and ask me . I always will be there for you .now go ahead and start designing with me my friend .
In this tutorial first we create our parts then we assemble them . this is called bottom-top assembly . just do exactly as I say and enjoy .
First make a specific folder in your hard drive to save the parts . start designing of the first part :
We are going to model a pneumatic cylinder as our first part . open a sketch on front plane and draw a square :
Extrude it :
Open another sketch on the front face of the part and draw these circles :
Cut them :
We need these holes on the opposite side too so mirror them .
Create a support for the cylinder rod .open a sketch on the front face of the part and sketch this circle :
Now extrude it like following picture .
And now create the rod . sketch a circle and extrude it .
The cylinder is done . save it and open a new part .
This part is designed to hold the cylinder in steady position . open a new sketch on front plane and draw the rectangle :
Extrude it :
Open a new sketch on the front face of the part and create this rectangle :
Extrude it again :
This part is under some stress by the force of cylinder so let’s make a rib for it . sketch this line on the right plane :
Click on the “rib” in the features toolbar and create the rib from the sketch :
Create the holes for the screws . cut these circles :
Save the part2 and go for the next part .
Open a sketch on front plane and draw :
Extrude the sketch :
Define a new plane for our new sketch .
Sketch a square on this plane :
Extrude the square :
Select this face and sketch the circle :
Cut the circle .
select the face shown below and draw the sketch :
And now cut the sketch again .
Now fillet the front face of the part :
Part3 is done now .lets go for the last part .
Open a sketch on front plane and draw this rectangle :
Extrude the rectangle :
Open another sketch on the right plane and create the following sketch .
Extrude the new sketch :
Now fillet the sharp edges just like following picture .
Sketch this circle on the previous extrude to cut a hole :
Cut the circle :
The part4 is completed . save it . we are going to create our assembly of these parts now .
Open a new assembly document . the “begin assembly” window appears on the left :
Click on “browse” and reach for the pat1 on your hard drive and open it . the part is in graphic area now and its waiting for your click to be inserted to the assembly so click on the graphic area . the cylinder is inserted to the assembly now . since it is your first part of the assembly ,it’s fixed on the inserting point . the letter ‘f’ before the name of the part1 in feature manager design tree indicates that .
Now insert the next part . from the assembly tab click on the “insert component “ button . “insert component “ window appears . reach for the part2 by clicking on “browse” button and open it . click somewhere in graphic area to insert part2
Now we should take part2 to it’s right place . we use “mate” for this purpose . click on mate in the assembly toolbar . mate window appears on the left . select these two holes on the picture and pick the “concentric” then click ok .
Do the same process for the other hole of the part2 :
Now stick part2 to the part1 .select the faces shown below then select coincident mate:
Click ok and close the mate .
Insert another part2 again :
Mate this new part just like the first one but this time on rear face of the part1 . see the picture :
Now insert the part3 into the assembly . the inserting process is just like the previous ones .
Click on the mate . select these two surfaces and click on concentric :
Create a distance between part3 and part1 . click on the mate and select these two faces :
Now set the distance on mate window :
What about the rotation of the part3 ?! we should fix it so make these faces parallel :
Ok…insert the last part now . once again go for insert > component > existing part/assembley and insert the part4 into the assembly .
Click on mate and make these holes concentric :
Select these two faces and create a 3mm distance between them :
Click ok and save your work . see your assembly in isometric view :
assign some colors to your parts to make your assembly look better:
Some times when an assembly is so complicated it’s better to make an exploded view of the parts included . our assembly here is not complicated but just for the sake of practice we are going to make an exploded view .
Go to the insert > exploded view and click on it . the explode window appears on the left .
Do you See that yellow box?!? All you have to do is mentioned there so select the first component just like below and drag it backward along the blue axis . release it wherever you feel comfortable :
“explode step1” appears under the explode window . do this for the rest of the parts :
Click ok. Now you have exploded view of all the parts included in the assembly . if you want to have your assembly back , just undo the changes .
Now you have done it .