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Tutorial 2: Assembly and SolidWorks Motion Dept. of Mechanical Engineering – 22.321 Mechanical Design I Written by: Gregg Merlino 9/22/2009 Revised by: Ryan McDonagh 8/29/2013 Objectives: This tutorial describes the techniques used to create an assembly in SolidWorks and perform a motion analysis. Prerequisites: This tutorial assumes the user has completed Tutorial 1: SolidWorks Modeling and Drawing and has modeled each part of the linkage. Task 1: Creating the Assembly   Open all of your parts in SolidWorks, including pins and bearings. Pick one of the parts and begin an ‘assembly from the part’ by clicking File, Make Assembly from Part In the Assembly screen, you will notice a list of all your parts on the left-hand side of the screen, similar to Figure 1. (If all of you parts are not there, you should use the Browse… button to locate them.)

Figure 1. Begin Assembly Window  Click on the base plate and drag it into the workspace. To place the part, click on a desired location in the workspace. If additional parts are needed, click on Insert Components

in the Assembly tab at the top of the window and repeat the same procedure to

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Imported Parts in SolidWorks Prior to Assembly  Relationships need to be established in order to create the linkage. Figure 2. 8/29/2013 RM 2 . select the surface on the inside of the base plate. Figure 3. The parameters for the mate feature will open in the property manager on the left side of the screen.______________________________________________________________________ place the parts in the workspace. they will float in space as shown in Figure 2. Example of Concentric Mate REV. Click the green check mark to accept the mate. The default mate created is concentric and is shown in Figure 3.  Once the parts have been added.  To illustrate. Next. The method of creating these relationships in SolidWorks is called mating. select the outer cylindrical surface of a bearing and click on the Mate button in the Assembly tab.

meaning the parts will share the same plane. Figure 4. Select the back of the base plate and the back face of the bearing and create a mate between them. Once completed. Remove any unused parts from your workspace. 8/29/2013 RM 3 . Assembly After Mating  You can change the appearance of your links to obtain a better visual representation of your linkage by clicking on the link and then clicking on the Color button. similar to Figure 4. REV.______________________________________________________________________  The next mate needed will be a coincident mate. you will have a fully functional fourbar linkage with bearings and pins. Figure 5 shows the changes made to the link appearance after clicking the Color button. The only needed mates to create the linkage are coincident and concentric mates. Repeat this process for each part until the assembly is completed.

click the Options button from the top menu bar.______________________________________________________________________ Figure 5: Linkage After Change of Appearance Task 2: Assembly Drawings  Click File. click Browse. Make Drawing From Assembly. If your assembly is already open. To do this. A new menu will appear on the left.   REV. In the Bill of Materials tree on the left side of the screen. (They should be default settings).  Click the View Layout tab and then the Model View icon in the top toolbar. (Note: You may be prompted to save the file before it is inserted into the drawing). This drawing size is made to fit on an 8. there is a Part/Assembly to Insert box. In the options that appear on the left. (An orange dashed box should appear around the view). Uncheck the box next to Only show standard format. You may have to change the units back to the IPS system. Choose IPS and click OK. select the settings shown in Figure 6. double click the desired assembly. To create a Bill of Materials. Select *Front and click in the middle of the drawing area to place the view. go to the top menu bar and select Insert>Tables>Bill of Materials. click the view in the drawing window. If not. Next. 8/29/2013 RM 4 . find your assembly and click OK.  A Sheet Format/Size option box will appear. Choose A (ANSI) Landscape and click OK. Select the Document Properties tab and select Units from the list on the left.5” by 11” paper. Click ESC.

Select Insert>Row Below. 5  REV. and Quantity. To add a row highlight a row and right click. 8/29/2013 RM . If not. Description. These columns should automatically be in the Bill of Materials when it is inserted into the drawing. Select Insert>Column Right. highlight a column by clicking the top of the column and then right click the column. The Bill of Materials is essentially a shopping list that you would take to the hardware store before manufacturing the linkage. Then. click on all of the parts in the drawing and it will automatically number them based on which item number the part is in the Bill of Materials. The columns required in the Bill of Materials are the Item Name. Bill of Materials Settings  Place the Bill of Materials in the desired location on the drawing. columns can be added to the Bill of Materials. click the Balloon button in the Annotations tab. Edit the cells in the Bill of Materials as needed.______________________________________________________________________ Figure 6. To label parts. Adjust your table according to the number of parts required for the assembly. To do this.