free solidworks tutorial -toolbox and design library
type : tutorial ebook - PDF
whats in for audience: learn how to work with solidworks toolbox and design library
target feature of tutotrial: solidworks toolbox
features used in tutorial:
- solidworks toolbox
- solidworks design library
- solidworks standard parts
- solidworks derived parts
- solidworks bearing calculature
- solidworks add-ins
difficulty level: intermediate
provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)
price: free solidworks tutorial PDF book
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solidworks toolbox and design library tutorial
There are so many standard parts in the industrial factories such as bearings, nuts, washers etc… many of these standard parts are existed in the solidworks toolbox-design library and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel!!
Suppose that you need a bearing like this:
Well this bearing is already considered in the solidworks toolbox and you don’t need to redesign it from scratch so here are the main applications of the solidworks toolbox:
- Importing the ready to use standard parts like the above gear
- Calculating some standard parts such as bearings, cams and etc…
Before we proceed, we need to load the solidworks toolbox. Navigate to the solidworks add-ins tab and click on the solidworks toolbox. It will take some seconds and solidworks toolbox will be activated.
1.import ready to use standard parts
First open a new part document in solidworks.There is a menu on the right side of your screen which provides access to many solidworks tools and resources.one of the resource is “design library”:
as it mentioned in the above picture you need to click on the library to see the content. this is where you can access the ready to use parts. all you need is to navigate in “design library” or “toolbox” menu and find your required part.
Suppose that you need to insert a bearing into your document so click on the toolbox menu and select your desired standard for example ANSI metric. Then choose the category which is “bearings” here and finally choose the bearing type:
Now we have found the category so just choose the required bearing and drag it into the document:
Solidowrks asks if you want to make a derived part or not. If you click “yes” then bearing will be inserted as an integrated part and you can’t see the features inside and if you click “no” then bearing will be open in a new read-only document. Click yes and insert the bearing into the document:
There are so many parts in various standards in toolbox and you can insert them too just like what we did above but what about the “design library”? What does it have to offer? The application of design library is just like the toolbox but with different parts and assemblies. Let’s insert a part from design library too.
Click on the design library and navigate to the hardware folder and drag the ”cotter pin” into the document:
Look at this part. it’s a simple pin but even designing a simple pin takes time and you can take advantage of using “design library” and “toolbox” in situation like this:
2- Calculating standard parts
When you activate solidworks toolbox some new tools are added to “solidworks add-ins” tab. These tools are for calculating of some standard parts. You cant insert parts from here this is only calculating to choose the right product. but how can we use it? follow the example below.
Suppose that you are designing a gearbox and there is shaft that must work under the following conditions:
- Rotation speed: 1500 rpm
- Calculated load: 50000 N
- Diameter: 70mm
- Material: steel
You have done your calculations and you are sure that the shaft can withstand the load but you are looking for a proper ball bearing to be installed on the shaft ends. your desired bearing should work more than10 million revolutions in the above circumstances. So here comes the solidworks toolbox, navigate to the “bearing calculator” which is shown in the above picture and click on it. the bearing calculator window appears.you can find your bearing here:
In the bearing calculator window:
- Select SKF as the standard
- Select angular contact ball bearing as the type
- And set reliability to 90%
Now you should find our bearing from the list based on the load capacity .take your time and select some bearings to find the first bearing which its load capacity is more than twice of nominal load. (2*50000=100000)
Here it is. 7316 BE has a capacity of almost 149000 N. which is good for us. Now we should calculate the life of bearing under our working conditions.so put 50000 N for the equivalent load and put 1500 rpm for the speed and then press “solve life” button:
This bearing has a nominal life of 26 million revolutions under our working conditions so it is good for us just be careful that the bearing bore is 80 mm and we should increase the shaft diameter from 70 mm to 80 mm which will cause no problem.
it was what I could say about solidworks toolbox and solidworks design library in a short article you know the basics now so take your time and explore the parts and assemblies in design library and get familiar with them.