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SOLIDWORKS Class 12 : Assemblies Deep Dive

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Class Series Intro

    • 2. Intro to Assemblies Deep Dive

    • 3. The Download Section

    • 4. Assembly Features

    • 5. Collision and Interference Detection

    • 6. Replacing Parts in an Assembly

    • 7. Sub-Assemblies

    • 8. Student Project

    • 9. Section Conclusion

    • 10. Celebrating the accomplishment

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About This Class

Welcome to our twelfth SOLIDWORKS Class covering various advanced assemblies competencies (Assemblies Deep Dive). This class is the first of our SOLIDWORKS Class Series which consists of 12 short classes ranging from 15 mins to 1.5 hrs. The series will take you from knowing nothing about SOLIDWORKS to the Certified Professional Level (CSWP).In this specific class, you will learn the following:

  • How to link dimensions in different parts to each other using in-context features.
  • What are Assembly Features and how to apply them.
  • What is the design intent/message we give when using Assembly Features.
  • How to detect and simulate collisions in an assembly.
  • How to find out if two parts interfere with each other and by how much.
  • How to replace a part in an assembly.

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1. Class Series Intro: welcome to our solid works class. My name is taste here and I will be leading you through this class. I myself have been an avid, solid works user for the last eight years. I have also been working in training and instructional design for the last five years. Combining those two experiences we designed and produced the best solid work course there is. This is, of course, as testified by the 4000 plus students we trained on using solid works. Today we're super excited to bring this training to you. This class is a part of our larger solid Works class series. This series consists off 12 short classes or sections to take you from knowing nothing about solid works to the 35 associate level C S W A. Siri's will then continue to take you from the certified associate level to the certain parts professional level CS WP Each of those classes has its own standalone learning objectives, which you can learn in the description. You can also download the contents outline for the whole class Siris in the download section. This is in case he would like to jump from one class to another. We will be using the learning by doing approached to conduct this class. So whenever we're learning something new will be directly using it to build something with it, be it a sketch apart. A drawing or an assembly way will walk you through a step by step to make sure you understand any new concept we introduce. We will also provide you with project work, reinforce the skills we learn together. So who should take this class series? Basically, anyone wanting to get started with solid works for wanting to advance his or her solid work skills toe an advanced level. Those could be engineers, designers, makers or hobbyist. So if you fall in those categories, this class Siri's has something for you. You don't need any prior knowledge to start the series. You just need to be ready to learn, so let's get started. 2. Intro to Assemblies Deep Dive : welcome to the assembly's deep dive section. In this section, we will cover various competencies and tools to use with solid works assemblies. We will learn about in contacts, features and external references from which we will be able to link dimensions off different parts to each other. We learn about applying features within an assembly. We'll also learn about collision and interference detection on more. Overall, the tools we will learn in the section will take our assembly. Skill sets toe a considerably higher level, so let's get started with our deep dive on assemblies. 3. The Download Section: in this video, we're going to tell you about the download section. So with every one of our classes, we have a download section which includes files for you to download. Those files will help you follow up in our lectures and help you gain hands on experience which we designed this course about. So here we are, in our first solid works class, class, war, interface and navigation. And if I go to the about section, you'll have information about the class, the learning objectives and down below them. You will have the down low section on this download section Link will basically take you to our Dropbox, where we have prepared or the downloads that goes along this class off I click on the link , open a new top and take us to our Dropbox. And here in the drop box, we have Class one interface and navigation, and they have two folders for I switched to the list display. I'm gonna have two folders as you've seen earlier. One cos lecture Fife on the other companies lecture seven on the one at the beginning. Indicates the class numbers 1.5 indicates that this is for a class number one, which is interface and navigation on a lecture number five, which is the command bar, canvas and design tree. And the easiest way to download those folders is to go to the top right corner and you'll see a download option. So if I click on that and then click on direct download, the browser will automatically download all those folders in a say file. And here they are. If I click on this, you will have to folders for lectures number five and seven, and each of those folders would have additional materials that supplement learning for that particular lecture. So that was all about download section. Now get yourself ready for the next video lecture where we would actually start presenting instructional materials. 4. Assembly Features : In this lecture, we will learn about assembly features in simple terms. Simply features are just like normal features We are used to like extruded cut. However, assembly features will be applied to the assembly itself rather than the part. Also, assembly features are less in numbers. On are mostly subtracted features that involve removal off material to illustrate assembly features. We will use them to complete the following assembly. You can don't know the drawing on the assembly files from the download section linked to this lecture. So let's get started in this exercise. We're going to drill two holes that are shown in the drawing, and we will do this using assembly features. So if I go to the assembly top in the top, I will see there is a top called assembly features. And if I expand this, I will get a list of features that are mostly so attractive. So I'll start by drilling the hole on the top, and I will use extruded cut for this. I will pick the stop surface as a sketch plane, and then I was simply sketch my whole This is the center on, then the dimension of the whole is 1.25 inches in diameter. This fully defines the sketch. So now I'll go back to my assemblies assembly features on select extraordinaire cut and for the in condition our drill through all and then click. Ok, so now I have a whole made that goes all the way through the assembly. Now we'll go ahead and do my other hole. So I select this surface as a sketch plane and then I will draw a circle. The diameter of this circle is point for inches And then I'm going toe assembly top assembly features extraordinaire cut again and then go through All as well. I've been click OK, notice in the design tree. The true features I just applied Cut extrude Warren and cut extra to are listed under the assembly as a whole and not under any off the specific parts we have. This is because they do not affect the part itself. So if I go to the rod and open it separately by right clicking and then select open part you will notice that the rod does not have any for two holes we just drilled. However, if I go back to my assembly and then isolate the road right click and select Isolate. You will notice that this rod actually does have the two holes in it. And here is a comparison between the rod in the assembly file on the road as a separate file. So now one might ask, Why use assembly features? We could have created those two holes while making the parts themselves or using in contacts features, and the answer is yes. We could have done that. However, with assembly features, we are trying to communicate a specific design process. We are trying to say that the individual parts should be manufactured without the holes, then assemble together on after they get assembled together. The holes should be drilled. If we include the holes, and the individual parts will be saying that each of the parts should be made with the drilled hole, then the parts should be assembled together after that, depending in your design intent. This can make a big difference, and by this we conclude our lesson on assembly features 5. Collision and Interference Detection : In this lecture, we will learn about collision and interference. Detection in a solid works assembly from the names Lousteau features will enable us to find out when two parts and an assembly coli or interfere with each other. To illustrate those two features, we will complete the following exercise. You can download the parts on the assembly files from the download section linked to this lecture, so let's get started. First. We are asked to find the angle between the antenna on the main body when they both collide with each other. So let's go ahead and see how we can do that. Before we started this, though, let's go ahead and see how the antennas move at the moment. So if I moved internal, you will notice that they actually collide and interfere with each other and then they collide and interfere with the name body. So solid works actually allows this physically impossible movement toe happen. However, it also provides us with tools to find out when two parts collide with each other. So if I go to assembly top and then I go to move components in the options, I would have standard drug, which is what we have just done and then below it. There's an option called collision detection. So let's go ahead and use that when I choose that I will have more options to check collision between all components or some components on whether I want to stop the movement at collision or not. So let's go ahead and unclip this stop at collision and see what happens. So now if I move the antenna, they will still collide and interfere with each other. However, when this happens, you will not at collision, you will get a sound. This will tell you that there is a collision that is happening. You will also get some surfaces changes color to indicate that those surfaces are involved in this collision. So let's go ahead and move it the other way around as well. You will notice the sound again on different surfaces. Get colored as they get involved in this coalition. If I go ahead and check, stop art collision. The parts will stop when the collision happens. So now if I move, the antenna you won't know is that when the two antennas collide, I will not be able to move them any further, and if I do this the other way around, I'll get the same. So at this point, the antenna is actually hitting the man body. Our task is to find the angle between the antenna on the main body at this location off collision. So now that I've moved and turned that down to the illusion state and I cannot move it any further, I can exit, move components, go to lay out and select smart dimension, and then select the two surfaces. I want to measure the angle between. So I have this surface on the surface here you notice, just like normal uses of smart dimension. As I move the cursor, I will get different angle measurements. This is the angle I want. On the angle is 10.77 degrees approximately. So this is the first task done. Second task. Ask us to fit the side cap into position and find if it has some interference with the main body. And if so, what is the volume off that interference in inches? So first step is to fit this cap. So I go to mates and so, like this surface on this one, and have a coincident relation and then click. OK, so now the cap is fitted on the side to find how much interference there is. I can go to the evaluate top, and then I will find an option here that says interference detection. So let me choose this. And then for selected components, I'm selecting the whole assembly, which means it will find any interference in any two parts inside the assembly below the components there is calculate bottom. So go ahead and click on. And this will give you results off the interference and from the results, we can see that we have to interference instances on solid works actually does highlight this interference for us. So we have interference here, and then the second interference is in the upper side of this part. And with each off the interferences, solid works will give me how much volume involved in that interference. And so in this case it is 0.6759 cubic inches. And it's the same volume for the other instant. If I expand those instances, solid works would tell me the parts involved in that interference. And with this, we conclude the second required task. Before we end this lecture, though, let's me show you one of the common errors that takes place when using collision detection . So I'll exit this interference detection, then go back to assembly. Move components, click collision detection, then make sure the stop at collision is checked. And now if I try to move, then you know I will get an error message. And this message says the model started at a colliding position on bus stop on Collision has been disabled and we get this error message because first, we have collision detection between all components. On second, as we have just seen, there is an interference, which is a special case of collision between the green cap on the blue main body. And because of that existing collision, I cannot move any parts in the assembly. So to solve this, I can check the drug part. Only this would mean that collision detection were only reactivate it with the parts I move . So now I can select stop on collision and you will notice that I can move antennas normally . Another option is to specify components. So if I select these components and then said, Like the internal on the main body. Now I can drive bond 10 as without a problem. However, here you will notice that the movement stops with the main body. But it does not stop with the other antenna on. This is because we did not select the other antenna in the parts selection. And with this we can conclude this lecture on collision and interference detection. So why we're here, you can play around with those two features. 6. Replacing Parts in an Assembly : In this lecture, we will learn how to replace a part in an assembly. To illustrate this, we will complete the following exercise. You can download the drawing on the assembly files from the download section linked to the structure. So let's get started on the left. We have the assembly on. On the right of it. We have the two replacements. Parts open. Loose are the rink on the Drover. Let's expand the assembly and see how we can replace existing parts. First, we'll go ahead and replace the ring before we replace the ring. Let's check the movement of it. So if I hold the ring and move it around, you will notice that the ring have a path made established with the tube. We need to know the existing relations before we replace the part, because we would like to have those relations again in the replacement. Another way for viewing the existing mates is to right click on the part on then click on view mates and here you will see that the active mate is only path mate. So let's see how we can replace the part replacing parts in the solid work assemblies quite easy. I can right click on the part itself, expand the menu and look for the option. Replace components. I can access this option in another place through the design tree. So if I go to the part in the design tree right click, expand the menu, I will also see the option replaced compartments. So let's click on that will. That will get few options. The first option is to indicate which part I want to replace because I've already highlighted the part. The ring in this case, it's already selected here. The second window. Ask us to pick the replacement part, so I have two parts open in the background. Ring number two and rower number two. In case I don't have them open, I can browse for parts and look for the replacement parts I want. In this case, I want to replace this ring with ring number two, so I'll go ahead and select ring number two and click on the green Check Mark. Then I'll get another one to showing the existing mates on. In this case, I have path, mate existing and active, and I want to keep it that way. So I go ahead and click on the green Check mark, Expand the assembly again and you'll notice that we have already replaced the part with a new one. And if I move this ring, you will notice that it will follow the exact same movement as the ring I had before. So when replacing parts, solid works will compare the coordinates off both original and replacement parts. Then it will try to copy all the maids into the new replacement. This doesn't work perfectly all the time, so sometimes we would need to do some additional adjustments. However, in this instance, it worked great as a practice for you. You can go ahead and replace the other part, which is the drover, to complete the exercise. With this, we conclude this lecture on replacing parts within an assembly. 7. Sub-Assemblies : in this lecture, we will learn about subassemblies from the name subassemblies are basically assemblies within over some please less right dealing with subassemblies. We will complete the following exercise in which we will be inserting an assembly within another one. You can don't know the drawing and the assembly files from the download section linked to this lecture. So let's get started. So here we have both the upper and lower assemblies open on. What we'll do is inserting the lower assembly into the upper one. So I will expand upper assembly to give it more focus. Inserting subassemblies is quite simple. It's actually exactly the same way you insert apart. So I'm going to insert components and then in the part slash assembly to insert, you will see the lower assembly listed, which we have opened in the background. So go ahead on double click on that on, you'll see that it's actually popped inside the assembly. Let me change the orientation of it and then inserted. So now in the design tree, you will notice I have the lower assembly inserted as a whole on this lower assembly is called a sub assembly because it is a standalone assembly that is inside another assembly, which is the file we have for the upper assembly. Now we can actually deal with subassemblies almost exact way We deal with parts, So let me go ahead and insert some mates to make this assembly, as we have in the drawing. So I go to mates. I'm going to start with the advance mate with Have this on this, as with selection on those two surfaces as top selection. Then I'll have this concentric with this her. Then I'll have this part alone with this. So now I have lower simply positioned as we have in the drawing. Let's stop here for a second on, check out the movements off both assemblies. So if I go to the upper assembly and I start moving the green link, you will notice that the whole upper assembly moves with it. But if I go to the lower assembly and try to move the cartridge, you'll notice that I will not be able to do this, which is different than what we have in the original separate lower assembly. This is because when you first insert subassemblies, solid works treat them as rigid assemblies in which you cannot move any off the parts, whether we do have the option to change that. If you want to do that, I can go to the design tree, right click on the assembly itself, and I will see an I could hear that says makes up assembly flexible. And if I select that, first of all, you noticed the icon in the design treat changes, and now I can actually move the cartridge within the sub assembly. Now we'll go ahead and insert the last part, which is a long post. So I go to insert components Breaux's and look for long posts. So this is it gonna open it and then start to do the mates. So I have concentric relation here, and then I'll also have an advanced with relation to position it in place. So I'll have those two surfaces ours with selection on loose surfaces in the post for tap selection and then click OK, and then I'll make the long post concentric over the whole we have in the cartridge. So go to standard mates. Co centric. They have to surface is selected. So now if I simulate the whole assembly, I can click on the long post and move it. You can see the whole movement off the assembly. The main takeaways for subassemblies are one. Subassemblies are treated very similarly to parts when inserted into another assemblies. As you can see in the design. True, we have ah, lot off parts and then we have a sub assembly. Then we have additional parts which we've inserted after. Second thing to note is that subassemblies are by default inserted as rigid bodies. However, we have the option to make them flexible as well, and this concludes our lecture on subassemblies. 8. Student Project : Now we are at the end of the class. It's time for us to do some project work. Check out the project work we prepared for you in the download section. They will help you reinforce the skills we learn together in this class. Just don't forget to share your work with us under your project. Also, think about creating your own product or concept using solid works. Or try modeling an object you usually find around. You just don't forget to share your work with us. We're looking forward to seeing your work. 9. Section Conclusion: this concludes our last class off the Siri's plus 12 assemblies. Deep dive. Before you leave this class, make sure you're familiar with the following points. How to link dimensions in different parts to each other Using in contacts features what are assembly features on how to apply them? What is the design intent message we give when using assembly features. How to detect and simulate collisions in an assembly. How to find out if two parts interfere with each other on by how much How to replace a part in an assembly. If you do not know or unsure off any of those aspects, we recommend reviewing the lectures in this class again before concluding this class Siri's . 10. Celebrating the accomplishment: congratulations for reaching the end off this class series. At this point, you should have acquired all the skills expected for a certified solid works professional. See as WP So you should take some time to celebrate this accomplishment because you have came a very long and difficult wait and reached a considerably advanced solid works level Before you go celebrate, though, please do us a favor. If you find this course helpful and beneficial, Please don't forget to tell your friends about it and share it in your social media with the hashtag t for design. Please enjoy your celebration and I hope to see you again in another class. Bye for now way.