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 sweep
- solidworks cut extrude
- solidworks convert entities
- solidworks loft
- 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 dont know the basics you can visit the solidowrks beginner tutoriuals.
If you had any questions don’t hesitate and ask me . I always will be there for you . this tutorial is free and if you pay for it you are robbed .now go ahead and start designing with me my friend .
We don’t have the necessary parts for this assembly so we are going to create them through the process of the assembly . this technique is called top-down assembly . Lets get to it.
Create a new document in assembly . and close the “begin assembly “ window on the left . from the insert menu go to insert > component > new part and click .
Click on the top plane and sketch this circle :
The “part1” is added to design tree :
Exit the sketch . “edit component “ icon on top-left corner says that you’re editing the “part” .
Now extrude the circle :
as long as the “edit component” icon is on , you are editing the “part1” in your assembly . now fillet the edge of the extrude that you just made .
Create another sketch on the top face of the part :
Extrude the sketch :
Good job . the first part is over . now click on the “edit component” icon on the top left corner and go the assembly design . press ctrl+s to save the product . the “ save modified documents” window appears. the window tells you which parts and assemblies are going to be saved :
Click save all and select a directory . the assembly will be saved and solidworks asks how do you like to save the part , if you want to have a separate part1 , select “save externally “ and click ok .
Now we are ready to create our second part for the assembly . insert another new part .the process is same as the first part . go to insert > component > new part and click . solidworks asks you to select a plane for a new sketch . click on the top face of the part1 and sketch a circle like this :
Exit the sketch and open another sketch on front plane . create a spline . the final shape of the spline is up to you for this part but I recommend something like this :
Exit the sketch and sweep the circle along the spline :
Exit the edit component again and save the part2 and assembly just like the previous time . now we have this :
As you can see , the pipe should be moved to its place . we use assembly tools to do this task . We use mate to move the pipe to its right place but before we proceed , click on the little “plus” sign on the right beside of “mates” folder and expand it . delete the second mate :
Why did we do that?!
When you insert a new part to an assembly , you must choose a plane and this makes the first mate of that part then you cant move that part in assembly so here you should get rid of that mate to move the part2 .
Click on the rebuild button .
Ok click on mate . make a concentric mate between the circles shown on following picture. Solidworks will move the pipe to the new position .
Click ok .
And now the third part . go to insert > component > new part and insert a new part again . you must select a face or plane to start with so choose the face shown bellow :
A new sketch on a new part opens on the face . draw these circles and exit the sketch :
Now extrude them a little just like following picture .
Open another sketch on this face :
Use convert entities to create a circle from the outer edge of the face :
Extrude it with some angle :
Click “edit component” and see your assembly :
Save your assembly and save part3 externally too. Insert a new part into this assembly again and select this face for starting sketch of part4 :
Sketch a rectangle on the face :
And extrude it :
Ok..we are almost done . just a little left to do .come with me my friend . I like to add that I know this model is not that realistic but it’s funny and I designed it here in this tutor cause I know that most of you are familiar with the device .lets finish it .
Define a new plane for our last sketch on this tutorial:
Open a sketch on the new plane and draw :
And now make the last feature:
Click ok and see :
Some edges are too sharp so fillet them :
Now exit the edit component and watch your assembly :
Change the color of the parts by right clicking them and editing appearances . now we have something to talk :
Congratulations you have done it .