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Lecture 12 Assembly Modeling

Lecture 12 Assembly Modeling

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MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
Assembly Modeling
MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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Assembly models
An assembly is modeled as a collection of components (parts and sub-assemblies) arranged in a specific way.
Assembly models are useful for:E.g., Widget assembly has components:
A
,
,
.
 A
 
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Assembly Part Info.
In early Assembly Modelers, all the information for each component was put in the file. This was very inefficient when the same part was used multiple times.
E.g.,
A
and
are the same. Information for
A
and
was included twice.
Now CAD systems keep
references
to the part or sub-assembly information. I.e., an assembly only keeps track of which file has the part information for each component.
AWidget Assembly End_part Middle_par
 
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Assembly Positioning
Since the details of each component come from a separate part file, it is also necessary to keep track of the location of each component. The location of each component is given by:
 –the position of the origin of the part’s coordinate system –the directions of the x, y, and z axes of the part’s coordinate system.
AWidget Assembly End_part Middle_par
 x y x y x y
 x y x y
    x    y
 
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Assembly Constraints
Components can be positioned with respect to each other using
positioning commands.
However, modern CAD systems use
constraints
(or mating conditions) to automatically position components. Assembly constraints allow components to be automatically re-positioned when the size of a part changes
(e.g., if
Middle_part 
becomes wider, component
automatically moves right.)
SolidWorks assembly constraints are:
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Assembly Information
For each component, an assembly keeps track of:
 –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – 

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