solidworks advanced assembly tutorial
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 cicular pattern
- solidworks cut extrude
- solidworks revolve
- solidworks chamfer
- solidworks assembly tools
difficulty level: advanced
provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)
price: free solidworks tutorial PDF book
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solidworks advanced assembly tutorial
This time we are going to make a schematic gear coupling. Gear couplings widely use in power transmitting equipment. In fact this is another assembly tutorial.
Let’s begin with part-1. Open a new document and save it as part-1. Select the front plane from feature manager design tree and open sketch on it and draw the circles:
Now give them some volume. while the sketch is open click on the boss extrude in features tab.
And extrude the sketch:
Click ok and save the part. We need to define a plane in this step. So select the front plane from design tree and then choose the plane button in features tab
Set the distance parameter and click ok
Select the plane that you just create and open a sketch on it then draw like below:
Now extrude the sketch
Click ok. Right click on plane 1 and hide it. Now we need to pattern the gear around the sleeve. Select circular pattern from features tab and set parameters like below and then click ok.
Let’s make a keyway on this part. Open a sketch on the face of the part and draw like below
Now cut the sketch through all the part
Click ok and save your work. Part1 is now done. We are going to make the hub now.
Open a new document and save it by the name of part 2.
Select the top plane and open a sketch on it and draw the below sketch:
Now click the features tab and click on revolved boss. Set the parameters and click ok.
Select the below face for a new sketch :
Draw the sketch :
While the sketch is open, navigate to the features tab and click on the extruded boss and set the parameters like below and then click ok
Now we need to make more of the tooth so we are going to make a circular pattern like below. Set the parameters and click ok.
Save your work And select below face for another sketch. Draw the circle on the face.
Now cut the circle through all the part
Click ok. Make a circular pattern of this circle too. Set the parameters and click ok.
Save your work and close it. Now we just need a schematic bolts for our assembly so open a new part and save it by the name of bolts. Open a sketch on the front plane and make this drawing using polygon tool and then extrude it:
Click chamfer in the features tab
Select the edges , set the parameters and click ok
Select below face and draw a circle like this on it then extrude the circle and save your work:
Basically we should create nut in another part and then assemble it on this bolt but this only will make the tutorial longer than what it needs to be so since it is just a schematic bolt we will add nut here in this part too.First define a new plane:
Now open a sketch on this new plane. As always we need a sketch but let’s try a new method, in the sketch toolbar navigate and click the convert entities. Then select these edges
Then click ok twice. Now you have the same exact polygon of bolt head in your sketch which is completely defined too so extrude it then save your work:
I prefer to chamfer the edges of nut too
Save and close your work. We are done here. Open a new assembly document and save it by the name of Assembly1. In the begin assembly window browse for part1 and then click in the working area. This will bring the part1 as the first part of assembly which is fixed in its place. Now in the assembly toolbar click on the insert component button
Browse for the part2 and click in the working area to insert the part2 into the assembly
Now for better vision of what we are going to do we should move back the part2 and separate it from part1. Click on the move component button then click and hold your left mouse button on part2 and drag it backward and separate it completely from part1.
Click mate in assembly toolbar and select below faces for concentric mate then click ok.
Now select below faces for coincident mate then click ok
If you see our assembly from back view you will notice that the teeth have conflict so in order to put them in right position we need to rotate the part2 using angular mate
Click mate and then from the design tree select the right planes of the two parts and put a 6 degree angular mate between them
Save your work. Now we will make the other half of our coupling using mirror components tool. Click the button from assembly toolbar and Select the below face as the mirror plane
Now from design tree select both part1 and part2 as components to mirror and click ok
Let’s insert the bolts and finish this assembly. Click on the “insert components” button in the assembly toolbar and browse for the bolts file then click in the working area to insert the bolt.
Make a concentric mate between the below faces and click ok.
Make a distance mate between below faces and click ok.
Bring in the other bolts. We can insert the other bolts one by one but it’s not necessary we can use the circular pattern tool instead. Click circular component pattern in the assembly toolbar.
And set the parameters like below then click ok
Congratulations you just assembled a full gear coupling