Solidworks Tutorial: How to Use Rigid and Flexible Assemblies

One of the great things about SolidWorks is how easy it is to navigate through the assembly tree when working with an assembly containing multiple parts or subassemblies. Often times, you’ll find yourself in a situation where a top-level assembly consists of a set of parts and one or more subassemblies. In this case, you’ll notice that the general shape and mates of your subassembly will be in the same configuration as you’ve most saved them.

You’ll also notice that by default, these subassemblies are “rigid” in the context of the top-level subassembly within which they reside, even if they are “flexible” in their own assembly file. Often times, it is convenient to be able to move or place subassembly components in the context of the top-level assembly.
In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you how, and use a few pictures to illustrate this concept.

Let’s take a look at this example top-level assembly in the bottom figure. The top-level assembly consists of two “components” - first, a SolidWorks part document, defining the vertical stand, and second, a SolidWorks assembly document, containing a linkage and link mechanism.

3D Printing Gets Into High End Belts & Other Luxury Goods


The emiota smart belt - straight off a 3D printer

The luxury goods market spans across several categories and include haute couture clothing, accessories, luggage, yacht, cars, hotels Its value has risen significantly in recent years. The biggest challenge for the luxury industry is to attract the increasingly diverse and sophisticated consumer base, by providing clients with a truly unique experience. New styles, new cultures and upmarket creativity can no longer stand traditionalism and main stream.  Luxury needs innovative manufacturing techniques as 3D printing. 3D printing sites are getting more and more popular and the accuracy of their services is astonishing.

Solidworks Tutorial: Drawings with Exploded Assembly View and Bill of Materials

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at creating a drawing with an exploded view to illustrate the assembly structure of a simple sheet metal enclosure. The drawing will illustrate the relative location of the parts in the assembly and a bill of materials to identify each component. You can use the concepts covered in this tutorial for more complex assemblies with larger bills of materials. Let’s get started!

Creating the Exploded View

First, we’ll open up an assembly containing a combination of three parts – a single sheet metal chassis, a single cover, and 16 rivets.

Next, we’ll create the Exploded View for this assembly. Select the Exploded View feature in the Assembly toolbar.


3D Printing On The Moon

One of the problems NASA is facing in its plans for space exploration concerns building habitats on other worlds for its astronauts. The expense of taking building materials all the way from Earth to the moon, not to mention Mars, would be enormous. The space agency long ago concluded that using local materials to build habitats and other infrastructure would lower their cost. In order to accomplish this, some researchers at the Kennedy Space Center have turned to a form of 3d printing using lasers to heat and form structures of basalt, a type of soil formed by heating and cooling, either by volcanism or by meteor strikes.

Parts or Full Cars - 3D Printed Vehicles


By now you are aware of the amazing feats accomplished by 3-D printing technology. Popular Mechanics magazine just reported on the first 3-D printed car, a historic moment for additive manufacturing and automotive design. The Strati, by Local Motors out of Phoenix, Arizona, is created using a blueprint design from a CAD file (computer aided design), that is printed into reality. The car is made of carbon reinforced plastic and it's frame is printed in one single piece. The car's tub was made of four interlocking parts because there is no 3D printer big enough to fashion the whole chasis in one piece. Nonetheless made with only 64 parts, it's a huge break from the traditional cars which bring together 25,000 parts. Think more go-kart than muscle car, which runs on a 48-volt electric drivetrain that is bo lted to the a subframe in the rear of the automobile. Despite it's meek power, the car is for real, light weight, inexpensive and customizable; it's implications on the car industry cannot be ignored.

 
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