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Below are the desired outcomes and usage competencies based on the completion of Chapter 1. Desired Outcomes: • Create three parts: o AXLE o SHAFT-COLLAR o FLATBAR Usage Competencies: • • • Understand the SolidWorks default User Interface. Establish a SolidWorks session. Create 2D sketch profiles on the correct Sketch plane. Apply the following 3D features: Extruded Boss/Base, Extruded Cut and Linear Pattern. Understand the Assembly toolbar. Insert components into an assembly. Apply the following Standard mates: Concentric, Coincident and Parallel.

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Chapter Objective

SolidWorks is a design software application used to model and create 2D and 3D sketches, 3D parts, 3D assemblies and 2D drawings. The chapter objective is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the SolidWorks default User Interface and CommandManager: Menu bar toolbar, Menu bar menu, Drop-down menu, Context toolbar / menus, Fly-out FeatureManager, System feedback, Confirmation Corner, Heads-up View toolbar and an understanding of Document Properties. Obtain the working familiarity of the following SolidWorks sketch and feature tools: Line, Circle, Centerpoint Straight Slot, Smart Dimension, Extruded Boss/Base, Extruded Cut and Linear Pattern. Create three individual parts: AXLE, SHAFT-COLLAR and FLATBAR. Create the assembly, LINKAGE using the three created parts and the downloaded subassembly - AirCylinder from the CD in the book. On the completion of this chapter, you will be able to: • • • • • • Start a SolidWorks session and navigate through the SolidWorks (UI) and CommandManager. Set units and dimensioning standards for a SolidWorks document. Generate a 2D sketch and identify the correct Sketch plane. Add and modify sketch dimensions. Create a 3D model. Understand and apply the following SolidWorks features: o Extruded Boss/Base, Extruded Cut and Linear Pattern • • • • Insert the following Geometric relations: Vertical, Horizontal, Coincident, MidPoint, Parallel and Equal. Download an assembly into SolidWorks and create an assembly. Understand the Assembly toolbar. Apply the following Standard mates: Coincident, Concentric and Parallel.

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assemblies. Every license of SolidWorks 2011. LINKAGE assembly PAGE 1 .Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Chapter Overview SolidWorks is a 3D solid modeling CAD software package used to produce and model parts. The AirCylinder assembly is also available from the internet. Air Acidification and Water Eutrophication.4 . Energy Consumption. contains a copy of SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress.0. SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress calculates environmental impact on a model in four key areas: Carbon Footprint. Create three parts in this chapter: • • • AXLE SHAFT-COLLAR FLATBAR FLATBAR SHAFTCOLLAR AXLE Download the AirCylinder assembly from the enclosed CD. Combine the created parts and the downloaded AirCylinder assembly to create the LINKAGE assembly. Material and Manufacturing process region and Transportation Use region are use as input variables. SolidWorks provides design software to create 3D models and 2D drawings. and drawings. AirCylinder assembly Illustrations in the book display the default SolidWorks user interface for 2011 SP1.

tool from the Features Utilize the Extruded Boss/Base toolbar to create a Boss-Exturde1 feature. Start a SolidWorks session. AXLE FLATBAR The AXLE rotates about its axis. Apply the Extruded Boss/Base Feature. Axis Origin Utilize symmetry. Extend the profile perpendicular (⊥) to the Front Plane. The Extruded Boss/Base feature adds material. The Base feature is the foundation of the part. The dimensions for the AXLE are determined from other components in the LINKAGE assembly. Origin PAGE 1 . Create the AXLE part. Apply features to create parts.5 .SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly AXLE Part The AXLE is a cylindrical rod. The AXLE supports the two FLATBAR parts. centered at the Origin as illustrated. Features are the building blocks that add or remove material. Keep the Base feature simple! The Base feature geometry for the AXLE is a simple extrusion. How do you create a solid Extruded Boss/Base feature for the AXLE? • • • Select the Front Plane as the Sketch plane. Sketch a circular 2D profile on the Front Plane. Start a new SolidWorks session. The Base feature (BossExtrude1) is the first feature of the part. Extrude the sketch with the Mid Plane End Condition in Direction 1. Tangent Edges and origins are displayed for educational purposes in this book. The Extruded Boss/Base feature is centered on both sides of the Front Plane. The SolidWorks application is located in the Programs folder.

0 with a Windows Classic desktop theme. 5) If available. Select the default Part document.6 . Activity: Start a SolidWorks Session Start a SolidWorks 2011 session. 1) Click Start from the Windows Taskbar. The SolidWorks program window opens. from the Create a new part. If you do not see the below screen. click the SolidWorks Resources tab on the right side of the Graphics window location in the Task Pane as illustrated. There are two options for new documents: Novice and Advanced. Click the SolidWorks 2011 application.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial SolidWorks displays the Tip of the Day box. The book is written using SolidWorks Office 2003 on Windows XP Professional SP3. Select File. double-click the SolidWorks 2011 icon on the Windows Desktop to start a SolidWorks session. Read the Tip of the Day dialog box. Select the Advanced option. Read the Tip of the Day to obtain additional knowledge on SolidWorks. . Note: Do not open a document at this time. New from the Menu bar toolbar or click New Menu bar menu. 2) 3) 4) Click All Programs Click the SolidWorks 2011 folder. PAGE 1 .

7 . Print . Throughout the book. Rebuild . The Pin option displays the Menu bar toolbar and the Menu bar menu as illustrated. Select . Edit.Saves an active document. assembly or drawing. The menu titles remain the same for all three types of documents. components and more.Prints an active existing document. File . and drawing views in drawing documents. Until a file is converted to the current version of SolidWorks and saved. The display of the menu is also dependent on the workflow customization that you have selected. The default menu items for an active document are: File. The available tools are: New . SolidWorks provides a Context-sensitive menu structure.Shows the summary information on the active document.Opens an . Menu bar menu Click SolidWorks in the Menu bar toolbar to display the Menu bar menu. View.Reverses the last action. the Menu bar menu and the Menu bar toolbar is referred as the Menu bar. but the menu items change depending on which type of document is active. Options Properties Changes system options and Add-Ins for SolidWorks. The default Menu bar toolbar contains a set of the most frequently used tool buttons from the Standard toolbar. PAGE 1 . Help and Pin. Undo . Insert.Selects Sketch entities.Creates a new document. Example: The Insert menu includes features in part documents. mates in assembly documents. Window.Rebuilds the active part. a warning icon is displayed on the Save tool as illustrated. Tools.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Activity: Understand the SolidWorks User Interface and CommandManager Menu bar toolbar SolidWorks 2011 (UI) is design to make maximum use of the Graphics window area. Open . Save document.

this toolbar displays a list of options specifically related to that command. FeatureManager. the last used command is performed. Drop-down menu. press the Esc key. This command is the first listed and the command shown on the button. • For commands such as rectangle. where you may want to repeatedly create the same variant of the rectangle. Example: Variations of the Rectangle sketch tool are grouped in a single fly-out button as illustrated. Right-click Right-click in the: Graphics window. If you select the Consolidated toolbar button without expanding: • For some commands such as Sketch. Press the s key to view/access previous command tools in the Graphics window. Communicate with SolidWorks either through the.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Drop-down menu SolidWorks takes advantage of the familiar Microsoft® Windows® user interface. Consolidated toolbar Similar commands are grouped in the CommandManager. Pop-up menu. A command is an instruction that informs SolidWorks to perform a task. You can also click any other part of the SolidWorks Graphics window. The system feedback symbol indicates what you are selecting or what the system is expecting you to select. System feedback SolidWorks provides system feedback by attaching a symbol to the mouse pointer cursor. If you are in the middle of a command. Face Edge Dimension Vertex PAGE 1 . Shortcut toolbar. To close a SolidWorks drop-down menu. or Sketch to display a Context-sensitive toolbar. Fly-out toolbar or the CommandManager. the most commonly used command is performed. or click another drop-down menu.8 . This is the highlighted command when the Consolidated toolbar is expanded.

SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly As you move the mouse pointer across your model. move or modify the Heads-up View toolbar. When other commands are active. Confirmation Corner When numerous SolidWorks commands are active. Click the sketch symbol icon to exit the sketch and to saves any changes that you made. • • • • Zoom to Fit : Zooms the model to fit the Graphics window. These two symbols supply a visual reminder that you are in an active sketch. The second symbol is a large red X. a symbol or a set of symbols are displayed in the upper right hand corner of the Graphics window. using one or more cross section planes. Previous View : Displays the previous view. PAGE 1 . Use the green check mark to execute the current command. The first symbol is the sketch tool icon.9 . For an active part or assembly document For an active drawing document Section View : Displays a cutaway of a part or assembly. Use the large red X to cancel the command. You can hide. riding next to the cursor arrow as illustrated. The Heads-up View toolbar is a transparent toolbar that is displayed in the Graphics window when a document is active. : Zooms to the Zoom to Area areas you select with a bounding box. Heads-up View toolbar SolidWorks provides the user with numerous view options from the Standard Views. To modify the toolbar: right-click on a tool and select or deselect the tools that you want to display. the confirmation corner box provides a green check mark and a large red X. This area is called the Confirmation Corner. the confirmation corner box displays two symbols. When a sketch is active. View and Heads-up View toolbar. The following views are available: Note: Views are document dependent. system feedback is provided to you in the form of symbols.

The Orientation dialog box is display. Left. Two view . Front. To deactivate the grid. Back. Right. : Provides the ability to display the Display Style style for the active view. Press the space key. The new view is displayed in the Heads-up View toolbar. Isometric. The available options are: Top. Enter a new named view. Shadows in Shaded Mode and Perspective. The Name View dialog box is displayed. Shaded. : Provides the ability to View Setting select the following: RealView Graphics. Document Properties tab. Edit Appearance : Provides the ability to apply appearances from the Appearances PropertyManager. Bottom. View the available options.10 .Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial • View Orientation : Provides the ability to select a view orientation or the number of viewports. Hidden Lines Visible. • • • • • • • To deactivate the reference planes for an active document. uncheck the Display grid box. Shaded With Edges. PAGE 1 . Dimetric. Note: The available items are document dependent. click View. Hidden Lines Removed. Click the New View tool. Hide/Show Items : Provides the ability to select items to hide or show in the Graphics window. Single view. 3D Drawing View : Provides the ability to dynamically manipulate the drawing view to make a selection. Four view.Horizontal. The available options are: Wireframe. Modify the Heads-up View toolbar. Rotate : Provides the ability to rotate a drawing view. click Options . Click Grid/Snaps. Two view Vertical. Trimetric. : Provides the ability to Apply Scene apply a scene to an active part or assembly document. Click OK. uncheck Planes from the Menu bar.

PAGE 1 . Example. it has toolbars embedded in it based on your active document type. the Sketch toolbar is displayed. To customize the CommandManager. if you click the Sketch tab. By default.select the Add-In directly from the Office Products tab. SolidWorks Professional. DimXpert and Office Products. When you click a tab below the CommandManager. the Office Products tab appears on the CommandManager as illustrated. New for 2011 . If you have SolidWorks. The default Part tabs are: Features. or SolidWorks Premium. Sketch. Below is an illustrated CommandManager for a default Part document. it updates to display that toolbar. right-click on a tab and select Customize CommandManager. Evaluate.11 .SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly SolidWorks CommandManager The SolidWorks CommandManager is a Context-sensitive toolbar that automatically updates based on the toolbar you want to access.

select the Add-In directly from the Office Products tab. Annotation. You can also select to add a blank tab as illustrated and populate it with custom tools from the Customize dialog box. To add a custom tab to your CommandManager. Double-clicking the CommandManager when it is floating will return it to its last position in the Graphics window.12 .Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Below is an illustrated CommandManager for the default Drawing document. Sketch. New for 2011 . Double-clicking the CommandManager when it is docked will make it float. PAGE 1 . Evaluate and Office Products. The Customize dialog box is displayed. right-click on a tab and click Customize CommandManager from the drop-down menu. The default Drawing tabs are: View Layout.

the Office Products tab appears on the CommandManager New for 2011 . PAGE 1 . and click Customize CommandManager to view your options. SolidWorks Professional. By default .SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Below is an illustrated CommandManager for the default Assembly document. If you have SolidWorks. Instant3D and Rapid Sketch tool is active by default. Evaluate and Office Products. Sketch.the illustrated options are selected in the Customize box for the CommandManager. The default Assembly tabs are: Assembly.13 . or SolidWorks Premium. Right-click on an existing tabs.select the Add-In directly from the Office Products tab. Layout.

Once it is floating. and click the needed Double-click the floating CommandManager to revert the CommandManager to the last docking position.14 . you can drag the CommandManager anywhere on or outside the SolidWorks window. perform one of the following actions: • While dragging the CommandManager in the SolidWorks window. To dock the CommandManager when it is floating. . move the pointer over a docking icon command.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Drag or double-click the CommandManager and it becomes a separate floating window. PAGE 1 . • .

or drawing document. Manufacturing features are defined in 1.12 of the ASME Y14. Understand the FeatureManager design tree to troubleshoot your model. Manufacturing features are not SolidWorks features. The FeatureManager is used extensively throughout this book. as illustrated to enlarge the Select the Hide FeatureManager Tree Area arrows Graphics window for modeling. FeatureManager Design Tree The FeatureManager design tree is located on the left side of the SolidWorks Graphics window.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly To save space in the CommandManager. DimXpert automatically recognize manufacturing features. This eliminates the text associated with the tool. DimXpert provides the ability to graphically check if the model is fully dimensioned and toleranced. the three default Planes (Front. See SolidWorks Help for additional information.1. The FeatureManager provides a summarize view of the active part. The tree displays the details on how the part. When you create a new part or assembly. Right and Top) are align with specific views. assembly. The Plane you select for the Base sketch determines the orientation of the part. assembly or drawing document was created. The FeatureManager consist of five default tabs: • • • • • FeatureManager design tree PropertyManager ConfigurationManager DimXpertManager DisplayManager The DisplayManager tab is new for SolidWorks 2011.15 .5M-1994 Dimensioning and Tolerancing standard. PAGE 1 . rightclick in the CommandManager and un-check the Use Large Buttons with Text box.

Userdefined tags and Custom properties.16 . The FeatureManager design tree and the Graphics window are dynamically linked. Split the FeatureManager design tree and either display two FeatureManager instances. drawing views. Mates. You can filter by: Type of features. Filter the FeatureManager design tree. Select sketches. Sketches. Customize your FeatureManager from the Hide/Show Tree Items dialog box. and construction geometry in either pane. and DimXpertManager by selecting the tabs at the top of the menu. features. part.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Various commands provide the ability to control what is displayed in the FeatureManager design tree. Tags are keywords you can add to a SolidWorks document to make them easier to filter and to search. They are: 1. Feature names. The Tags icon is located in the bottom right corner of the Graphics window. Show or Hide FeatureManager items. Click FeatureManager from the System Options tab. or press the Shift +C keys. Right-click and drag in the Graphics area to display the Mouse Gesture wheel. ConfigurationManager. To collapse all items in the FeatureManager. Enter information in the filter field. 2. PropertyManager. Click Options from the Menu bar. assembly or drawing. You can customize the default commands for a sketch. Folders. PAGE 1 . or combine the FeatureManager design tree with the ConfigurationManager or PropertyManager. right-click and select Collapse items. Move between the FeatureManager design tree.

17 . select and view multiple configurations of parts and assemblies. Shortcut menus provide convenient access to previous applied tools and commands. Press the s key to view the Shortcut toolbar. The icons in the ConfigurationManager denote whether the configuration was created manually or with a design table. Fly-out FeatureManager The fly-out FeatureManager design tree provides the ability to view and select items in the PropertyManager and the FeatureManager design tree at the same time.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly The ConfigurationManager is located to the right of the FeatureManager. Another method for accessing a command is to use the accelerator key. The DimXpertManager provides the following selections: Auto Dimension Scheme . Context toolbar or from a SolidWorks toolbar. fly-out FeatureManager. Use the ConfigurationManager to create. Some commands in the menu bar and items in the drop-down menus have an underlined character. Illustrations may vary depending on your SolidWorks version and operating system. Throughout the book. you will select commands and command options from the drop-down menu. Copy and TolAnalyst Study . Accelerator keys are special key strokes which activate the drop-down menu options. The DimXpertManager tab provides the ability to insert dimensions and tolerances manually or automatically. Press the Alt key followed by the corresponding key to the underlined character activates that command or option. Scheme TolAnalyst is available in SolidWorks Premium. Show Tolerance Status . PAGE 1 .

Scenes. 3D ContentCentral and SolidWorks Content. Check the SolidWorks Toolbox and the SolidWorks Toolbox Browser box from the Add-Ins dialog box. assemblies. expanded or collapsed. Each default selection contains additional sub categories. Other user interfaces are available during the initial software installation selection: Machine Design. Toolbox. the SolidWorks Search tab was displayed in the Task Pane. In newer versions . and other elements. The default selections are: Design Library. The Task Pane can be displayed in the following states: visible or hidden. To active the SolidWorks Toolbox . Click OK. and The basic SolidWorks Resources menu displays the following default selections: Getting Started. Appearances. Design Library the following default tabs: SolidWorks Resources File Explorer .the SolidWorks Search feature is located in the Menu Bar toolbar. including library features. Mold Design or Consumer Products Design. pinned or unpinned. Design Library The Design Library contains reusable parts. Community. and Decals Custom Properties . Online Resources and Tip of the Day. The Task Pane contains . AddIns… from the Main menu.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Task Pane The Task Pane is displayed when a SolidWorks session starts. docked or floating. SolidWorks Resources . View Palette . PAGE 1 .Click Tools. At the time of the writing.18 . The Design Library tab contains four default selections.

enter: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2011\design library. the Knowledge Base. you can search SolidWorks Help. Enter the text or key words to search. File Explorer File Explorer in the Task Pane duplicates Windows Explorer from your local computer and displays the following directories: Recent Documents and Open in SolidWorks. New search modes have been added to SolidWorks Search. click Add File Location . or click the Browse button to locate the desired document. Click OK. or the Community Forums. contact your IT department for system details. In addition to searching for files and models. Internet access is required for the Community Forums and Knowledge Base.19 .SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly To access the Design Library folders in a non network environment for a new installation. Search In 2011 the SolidWorks Search box is displayed in the upper right corner of the SolidWorks Graphics window. View Palette The View Palette tab located in the Task Pane provides the ability to insert drawing views of an active document. Drag and drop the view from the View Palette into an active drawing sheet to create a drawing view. In a network environment. PAGE 1 .

Drag and drop a selected appearance. If you select a lightweight component in an assembly. you can assign properties to multiple parts at the same time. In assemblies. Run DFMXpress from the Evaluate tab or from Tools. PAGE 1 . DFMXpress in the Menu bar menu. or assembly.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Appearances. they provide reflections on the model. including color and texture. Appearances do not affect physical properties. In SolidWorks. Scenes. the saved information files are available on the Task Pane Document Recovery tab the next time you start a SolidWorks session. Document Recovery If auto recovery is initiated in the System Options section and the system terminates unexpectedly with an active document. Scenes. you are prompted to resolve the component so the change can be saved. and Decals provide a simplified way to display models in a photo-realistic setting using a library of Appearances. or decal on a feature. PhotoView 360 is an Add-In. which are defined by materials. An appearance defines the visual properties of a model. you can view the component's custom properties in the Task Pane without resolving the component. and Decals. The DFMXpress icon is displayed in the Task Pane. If you edit a value. Custom Properties The Custom Properties tool provides the ability to enter custom and configuration specific properties directly into SolidWorks files. part. and Decals Appearances.20 . Scenes provide a visual backdrop behind a model. Scenes. scene.

The MotionManager display a timeline-based interface.21 . so you can use this for creating presentation animations using physics-based simulations. Incorporate visual properties such as lighting and camera perspective. Basic Motion takes mass into account in calculating motion. Access MotionManager from the Motion Study tab. MotionManager from the Menu bar. collisions or gravity. collisions and gravity on assemblies. and provide the following selections from the drop-down menu as illustrated: • Animation: Apply Animation to animate the motion of an assembly. Click the Motion Study tab to view the MotionManager. The Motion Study tab is located in the bottom left corner of the Graphics window. click View. Click the Model tab to return to the FeatureManager design tree. PAGE 1 . Use the Basic Motion option to create simulations of motion that account for mass. Use the Animation option to create animations for motion that do not require accounting for mass or gravity. Basic Motion computation is relatively fast. • If the Motion Study tab is not displayed in the Graphics window. springs.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Motion Study tab Motion Studies are graphical simulations of motion for an assembly. Basic Motion: Apply Basic Motion for approximating the effects of motors. Add a motor and insert positions of assembly components at various times using set key points.

originate as sketches.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial For older assemblies created before 2008. A suppress feature is display in light gray. modify a feature's geometry. the Animation1 tab maybe displayed. we focus on 2D sketches and 3D features. Activity: Create a New Part A part is a 3D model. If the Motion Study tab is not displayed in the Graphics window. What are features? • • • • Features are geometry building blocks. click View. Features are an individual shape that combined with other features. New Motion Study from the Menu bar. you were requested to select either the ISO or ANSI drafting standard. Features add or remove material. The book is written using the ANSI (US) overall drafting standard and Third Angle Projection for drawings. such as bosses and cuts. • You can suppress a feature as illustrated: Cut-Extrude3 in the FeatureManager. To create a new Motion Study. Features are displayed in the FeatureManager as illustrated. In this book. ISO is typically. a European drafting standard and uses First Angle Projection.22 . During the initial SolidWorks installation. The Base sketch is the foundation for the 3D model. which consist of features. Other features. click Insert. MotionManager from the Menu bar. Some features. Features are created from 2D or 3D sketched profiles or from edges and faces of existing geometry. makes up a part or assembly. View the Assembly Chapter for additional information. PAGE 1 . The first sketch of a part is called the Base Sketch. such as shells and fillets.

Create a New part. Part is the default template from the New SolidWorks Document dialog box. 6) Novice Mode Click New from the Menu bar. The Novice option is the default option with three templates. Click OK. PAGE 1 . The Templates tab corresponds to the default SolidWorks templates. During the initial SolidWorks installation. Use the Advanced mode in this book. 8) The Templates tab is the default tab. When you exit SolidWorks. The Advanced mode contains access to additional templates and tabs that you create in system options. The New SolidWorks Document dialog box is displayed.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly There are two modes in the New SolidWorks Document dialog box: Novice and Advanced. The Advanced mode remains selected for all new documents in the current SolidWorks session. Advanced Mode SolidWorks Web Help is active by default under Help in the Main menu bar. Select Advanced Mode. the Advanced mode setting is saved. The Tutorial tab corresponds to the templates utilized in the SolidWorks Tutorials. 7) Click the Advanced button to display the New SolidWorks Document dialog box in Advance mode. you are request to select either the ISO or ANSI drafting standard. The book is written using the ANSI (US) overall drafting standard and Third Angle Projection for all drawing documents. The default SolidWorks installation contains two tabs in the New SolidWorks Document dialog box: Templates and Tutorial.23 . ISO is typically a European drafting standard and uses First Angle Projection.

FeatureManager. The FeatureManager contains a list of features. and settings utilized in the part. The Origin is displayed in blue in the center of the Graphics window.24 . and the Origin are displayed in the Graphics window. SolidWorks Resources. The Tags icon is displayed in the bottom right corner of the Graphics window. SolidWorks Search. Headsup View toolbar. The positive X-axis is horizontal and points to the right of the Origin in the Front view. Tags are keywords you add to SolidWorks documents and features to make them easier to filter and search for. CommandManager. The positive Y-axis is vertical and point upward in the Front view. Top Plane and Right Plane. The Menu bar.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Part1 is displayed in the FeatureManager and is the name of the document. The Origin represents the intersection of the three default reference planes: Front Plane. Part1 is the default part window name. reference geometry. Reference planes and Grid/Snaps are deactivated in the Graphics window for improved modeling clarity CommandManager tabs Heads-up View Toolbar Task Pane Click to Close the FeatureManager Origin Tag PAGE 1 . In this book. Task Pane.

Reposition toolbars by clicking and dragging. PAGE 1 . Toolbars list to display in the Graphics window. Origins from the Menu bar menu to display the Origin in the Graphics window.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly The CommandManager is document dependent. Sketch. The CommandManager is utilized in this text. Control the CommandManager display. Select the required toolbar. The Features icon and Features toolbar should be selected by default in Part mode. Select individual toolbars from the View. The tabs are located on the bottom left side of the CommandManager and display the available toolbars and features for each corresponding tab. Evaluate. The default tabs for a Part are: Features.25 . Click View. DimXpert and Office Products. A Options complete list of toolbars is displayed. click View. Toolbars from the Menu bar menu. Check CommandManager if required. Another way to display a toolbar. Right-click in the gray area to the right of the icon in the Menu bar toolbar.

Use both the Menu bar menu and the Menu bar toolbar in this book. Various Detailing options are available depending on the selected standard. Set the Document Properties. Click the Document Properties tab. Millimeters Inches PAGE 1 . The Help dialog box or in the PropertyManager for each feature. 10) Pin the Menu bar as illustrated. Units are the measurement of physical quantities. grams. Various detailing options are available depending on the selected standard. 9) Click SolidWorks to expand the Menu bar menu. second). The Overall drafting standard determines the display of dimension text. (millimeters. The primary units in this book are provided in IPS. symbols.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Activity: Create the AXLE Part Set the Menu bar toolbar and Menu bar menu.26 . arrows. second) and are indicated in brackets [ ]. The optional secondary units are provided in MMGS. The SolidWorks Help Topics contains step-by-step instructions for various icon is displayed in the commands. The System Options General dialog box is displayed. (inch. Select ANSI from the Overall drafting standard drop-down menu. 11) 12) 13) Click Options from the Menu bar. pound. and spacing. Millimeter dimensioning and decimal inch dimensioning are the two most common unit types specified for engineering parts and drawings.

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Most illustrations are provided in both inches and millimeters.
Set the document units. 14) Click Units.
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Click IPS (inch, pound, second) [MMGS] for Unit system. Select .123, [.12] (three decimal places) for Length basic units. Select None for Angle decimal places. Click OK from the Document Properties - Units dialog box. The Part FeatureManager is displayed.

Activity: AXLE Part-Extruded Base Feature Insert a new sketch for the Extruded Base feature. 19) Right-click Front Plane from the FeatureManager. This is your Sketch plane. The Context toolbar is displayed.
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The Sketch toolbar is displayed. Front Plane is your Sketch plane. Note: the grid is deactivated for picture clarity. You can also click the Front Plane from the FeatureManager and click the Sketch tab from the CommandManager.
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tool from the Sketch toolbar. The Circle PropertyManager is displayed.

The Circle-based tool uses a Consolidated Circle PropertyManager. The SolidWorks application defaults to the last used tool type.
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Drag the mouse pointer into the Graphics window. The cursor displays the Circle icon symbol .

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Click the Origin of the circle. The cursor displays the Coincident to point feedback symbol. Drag the mouse pointer to the right of the Origin to create the circle as illustrated. The centerpoint of the circle is positioned at the Origin.

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Click a position to create the circle. The activated circle is displayed in blue. Click Smart Dimension from the Sketch toolbar. The cursor displays the Smart Dimension icon .

Add a dimension.
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Click the circumference of the circle. Click a position diagonally above the circle in the Graphics window. Enter .188in, [4.78] in the Modify dialog box. Click the Green Check mark dialog box. The diameter of the circle is .188 inches. in the Modify

If required, click the blue arrow head dots to toggle the direction of the dimension arrow. The circular sketch is centered at the Origin. The dimension indicates the diameter of the circle. To fit your sketch to the Graphics window, press the f key. Add relations, then dimensions. This will keep the user from having too many unnecessary dimensions. This helps to show the design intent of the model. Dimension what geometry you intent to modify or adjust.
Extrude the sketch to create the Base Feature. 31) Click the Features tab from the CommandManager.
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Click the Extruded Boss/Base Features tool. The Boss-Extrude PropertyManager is displayed. Blind is the default End Condition in Direction 1. Select Mid Plane for End Condition in Direction 1. Enter 1.375in, [34.93] for Depth in Direction 1. Accept the default conditions. Click OK from the Boss-Extrude PropertyManager. Boss-Extrude1 is displayed in the FeatureManager.

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Fit the model to the Graphics window. 36) Press the f key. Note the location of the Origin in the model.

Use Symmetry. When possible and if it makes sense, model objects symmetrically about the origin.
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The Boss-Extrude PropertyManager displays the parameters utilized to define the feature. The Mid Plane End Condition in the Direction 1 box extrudes the sketch equally on both sides of the Sketch plane. The depth defines the extrude distance. The Boss-Extrude1 feature name is displayed in the FeatureManager. The FeatureManager lists the features, planes, and other geometry that construct the part. Extrude features add material. Extrude features require the following: Sketch Plane, Sketch and depth. The Sketch plane is the Front Plane. The Sketch is a circle with the diameter of .188in, [4.76]. The Depth is 1.375in, [34.93].
Activity: AXLE Part-Save Save the part. 37) Click Save As from the Drop-down Menu bar.
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Double-click the MY-DOCUMENTS file folder. Note: The procedure will be different depending on your Operating System. Click the Create New Folder icon.

Enter SW-TUTORIAL-2011 for the file folder name. Double-click the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 file folder. SW-TUTORIAL-2011 is the Save in file folder name. Enter AXLE for the File name. Enter AXLE ROD for the Description.

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View the AXLE in the Graphics window. This is the ideal sketch state. Save all documents in the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 file folder. 45) Right-click the AXLE FeatureManager. Organize parts into file folders. The sketch is displayed in blue. 48) 49) The SolidWorks FeatureManager design tree provides an indicator informing you on the status of your sketch. Click the Edit color box as illustrated. The sketch can either be: 1. Click OK from the Color PropertyManager. The sketch is fully defined. The sketch is displayed in red. Activity: AXLE Part .) (+) Over defined. A fully defined sketch has complete information (manufacturing and inspection) and is displayed in black. Copy all files from the CD in the book to the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. 4.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly 44) Click Save. The Color PropertyManager is displayed. PAGE 1 . Select a light blue color from the Color box. 2.31 .) (?) Cannot be solved. The file folder for this chapter is named: SWTUTORIAL-2011.) No prefix. The AXLE FeatureManager is displayed. 46) 47) icon at the top of the Click the Appearances drop-down arrow. AXLE is displayed in the Selection box. 3.Edit Appearance Modify the color of the part.) (-) Under defined.

Select the desired solution and click the Accept button from the Results box. The SketchXpert PropertyManager is displayed. click Over Defined at the bottom of the Graphics window toolbar.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial The SketchXpert PropertyManager provides the ability to diagnose an over defined sketch to create a fully defined sketch. Click the Diagnose button.32 . The Isometric view displays the part in 3D with two equal projection angles. Activity: AXLE Part-View Modes Orthographic projection is the process of projecting views onto Parallel planes with ⊥ projectors. from the Heads-up View 52) from the Heads-up View PAGE 1 . from the Heads-up View toolbar. The Heads-up View toolbar illustration may vary depending on your SolidWorks release version. The default reference planes are the Front. 50) 51) Origin Click Front view Click Top view toolbar. Display the various view modes using the Heads-up View toolbar. Click Right view toolbar. Top and Right Planes. If you have an over defined sketch.

The Rotate icon 60) is displayed. 55) 56) 57) 58) Press the upper case Z key to zoom in. Utilize the center wheel of the mouse to Zoom In/Zoom Out and Rotate the model in the Graphics window. View modes remain active until deactivated from the View toolbar or unchecked from the pop-up menu.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly 53) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar. SolidWorks provides five key Display Styles: • • Shaded . PAGE 1 . Displays a shaded view of the model with no edges. Display the various View modes. The model rotates. Press the up arrow on your key board. Shaded With Edges . View the available view tools. with edges. Click inside the Graphics window. Rotate the model. 54) Press the lower case z key to zoom out. from the Heads-up View Click the drop-down arrow from the Display Styles box from the Heads-up Views toolbar as illustrated. 59) Click the middle mouse button and move your mouse. Displays a shaded view of the model. to display the full size of the part in the Right-click in the Graphics window. 61) 62) Click Isometric view toolbar. View modes manipulate the model in the Graphics window.33 . View the various Display Styles. The arrow keys rotate the model in 15 degree increments. Click Zoom to Fit current window.

The 2D circle was sketched centered at the Origin. In this book. and to use on-screen rulers to measure modifications. Color and a prefix define the sketch status. Edges that are hidden from the current view are displayed in a different color or font. The Extruded Boss/Base feature adds material. The AXLE Sketch plane was the Front Plane. Top. Utilize the Heads-up View toolbar to display the principle views of a part. you will primarily use the PropertyManager and dialog boxes to create and modify model dimensions. The Edit Color option modified the part color. sketch and depth. A black sketch is fully defined. PAGE 1 . and Right Planes. A dimension defined the overall size of the sketch based on the dimensions of mating parts in the LINKAGE assembly. The default name of the Base feature is Boss-Extrude1. The Extruded feature required a Sketch Plane. The default Reference planes are the Front. The AXLE part is complete.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial • • • Hidden Lines Removed . A blue sketch is under defined. Hidden Lines Visible . Displays all edges of the model.34 . The View Orientation and Display Style tools manipulate the model in the Graphics windows. Review the AXLE Part The AXLE part utilized the Extruded Boss/Base feature. Boss-Extrude1 utilized the Mid Plane End Condition. 63) Click Save . Displays all edges of the model. Explore Instant3D as an exercise. Wireframe . Instant3D provides the ability to click and drag geometry and dimension manipulator points to resize features in the Graphics window. Select the Part icon in the FeatureManager to modify the color of the part. The Boss-Extrude1 feature is symmetrical about the Front Plane. A red sketch is over defined. Displays only those model edges that can be seen from the current view orientation. Save the AXLE part.

The Extruded Cut feature requires a 2D circular profile. Utilize an Extruded Cut feature to create a hole. The Templates tab is the default tab. Create the SHAFT-COLLAR part.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly SHAFT-COLLAR Part The SHAFT-COLLAR part is a hardened steel ring fastened to the AXLE part. The Extruded Boss/Base feature requires a 2D circular profile. The Through All End Condition extends the Extruded Cut feature from the front face through all existing geometry. Utilize symmetry. Double-click Part. Sketch a circle on the front face centered at the Origin. The book is design to expose the new user to various tools and design intents.35 . apply the Extruded Cut feature for a Through All hole vs. Extrude the sketch with the Mid Plane End Condition. Activity: SHAFT-COLLAR Part-Extruded Boss/Base Feature Create a New part. Two SHAFT-COLLAR parts are used to position the two FLATBAR parts on the AXLE. Part is the default template from the New SolidWorks Document dialog box. The Part FeatureManager is displayed. The Extruded Cut feature removes material. You can apply the Instant3D tool or the Extruded Cut feature to create a Through All hole for this model. using the Hole Wizard. 65) PAGE 1 . Sketch a circle on the Front Plane centered at the Origin. Utilize the Extruded Boss/Base feature. The Extruded Boss/Base feature (Boss-Extrude1) is centered on both sides of the Front Plane. The New SolidWorks Document dialog box is displayed. 64) SHAFT-COLLAR Click New from the Menu bar. At this time.

[MMGS] for Unit system. Select ANSI from the Overall drafting standard drop-down menu. Enter SHAFT-COLLAR for Description.123. 66) Click Save As from the drop-down Menu bar. the three default Planes (Front. click View.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Save the part. PAGE 1 . [. pound. When you create a new part or assembly. Select . Document Properties tab from the Menu bar.12] (three decimal places) for Length units Decimal places. Right and Top) are align with specific views. 70) 71) 72) 73) 74) Set the Dimension standard and part units. 75) 76) To view the Origin. Click Units. Select None for Angular units Decimal places. Click Options . second). Click IPS (inch. Origins from the Menu bar menu. The Plane you select for the Base sketch determines the orientation of the part. Click Save. Click OK from the Document Properties Units dialog box. The SHAFT-COLLAR FeatureManager is displayed.36 . 67) 68) 69) Enter SHAFT-COLLAR for File name in the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder.

Click a position diagonally above the circle in the Graphics window. The black sketch is fully defined. Click the Circle tool from the Sketch toolbar. Click Smart Dimension from the Sketch toolbar.4375in. Click OK from the BossExtrude PropertyManager. [11. 92) PAGE 1 . Add a dimension. Drag the mouse pointer to the right of the Origin as illustrated. BossExtrude1 is displayed in the FeatureManager. The diameter value .4375 rounds to . 90) 91) Select Mid Plane for End Condition in Direction 1. 89) Click the Extruded Boss/Base features tool. 78) 79) Click Sketch from the Context toolbar as illustrated. Note: Three decimal places are displayed. [6.37 . This is the Sketch plane. . The cursor displays the Coincident to point 80) 81) 82) 83) 84) 85) 86) 87) Click the Origin feedback symbol. Enter . Click the circumference of the circle. Click the Green Check mark in the Modify dialog box. The cursor displays the Circle icon symbol .438. 88) Click the Features tab from the CommandManager.35] for Depth.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Insert a new sketch for the Extruded Base feature.250in. The Sketch toolbar is displayed. Accept the default conditions. The Circle PropertyManager is displayed. Note the location of the Origin. The cursor displays the diameter feedback symbol. Enter . Click a position to create the circle.11] in the Modify dialog box. 77) Right-click Front Plane from the FeatureManager. The BossExtrude PropertyManager is displayed. Extrude the sketch to create the Base feature. The Context toolbar is displayed.

103) Click the Smart Dimension Sketch tool. 94) Click Isometric view from the Heads-Up View toolbar. PAGE 1 . 106) Enter . Add a dimension. Origin 104) Click the circumference of the circle. The Circle PropertyManager is displayed. Save the model. 97) Click Sketch from the Context toolbar as illustrated.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Fit the model to the Graphics window. The cursor displays the Circle icon symbol .190in. The cursor displays the Coincident to point feedback symbol. point or vertex.38 . View the mouse pointer feedback icon for the correct geometry: line. Activity: SHAFT-COLLAR Part-Extruded Cut Feature Insert a new sketch for the Extruded Cut feature. 95) Click Save . 101) Drag the mouse pointer to the right of the Origin. This is your Sketch plane! Click Hidden Lines Removed View toolbar.83] in the Modify dialog box. 96) Right-click the front circular face of the Boss-Extrude1 feature for the Sketch plane. from the Heads-up 98) 99) Click the Circle tool from the Sketch toolbar. 100) Click the red Origin . [4. 93) Press the f key. The Sketch toolbar is displayed. face. 105) Click a position diagonally above the circle in the Graphics window. 102) Click a position to create the circle as illustrated. 107) Click the Green Check mark in the Modify dialog box. The mouse pointer displays the face feedback icon.

109) Click Extruded Cut from the Features toolbar. [12. 112) Click Trimetric view from the Heads-up View toolbar.39 . 117) Click the Undo tool from the Menu bar.70]. Sketch dimensions are displayed in black. Return to the original dimensions.250in. The Boss-Extrude1 feature and CutExtrude1 feature are modified. The direction arrow points to the right. 114) Click the outside cylindrical face of the SHAFT-COLLAR. The Cut-Extrude PropertyManager is displayed. Direction 1.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Insert an Extruded Cut feature. The Extruded Cut feature is named Cut-Extrude1. The Through All End Condition removes material from the Front Plane through the Boss-Extrude1 geometry. The Boss-Extrude1 dimensions are displayed. 116) Enter . PAGE 1 .35] depth dimension. CutExtrude1 is displayed in the FeatureManager. [6. 118) Click Shaded With Edges from the Heads-up View toolbar. Activity: SHAFT-COLLAR-Modify Dimensions and Edit Color Modify the dimensions. 108) Click the Features tab from the CommandManager. Accept the default conditions. 113) Click the z key a few times to Zoom in. 115) Click the . Model around the Origin: This is great for new user because it provides them with a point of reference.500in. 110) Select Through All for End Condition in 111) Click OK from the Cut-Extrude PropertyManager. The Extrude depth dimensions are displayed in blue.

Note: The sketches are fully defined! Review the SHAFT-COLLAR Part The SHAFT-COLLAR utilized an Extruded Boss/Base feature. The default name of the feature was Boss-Extrude1. Click Options. View the SHAFT-COLLAR in the Graphics window. Feature dimensions were modified. The Extruded Cut feature removed material to create the hole. The SHAFT-COLLAR part is complete. 120) Click the Appearances drop-down arrow. Dimension and click the Smart box to have the dimension leader arrow head point inwards for ANSI. 124) Click Save . SHAFT-COLLAR is displayed in the Selection box. A dimension fully defined the overall size of the sketch. The Through All End Condition option created the Cut-Extrude1 feature. 119) Right-click the SHAFT-COLLAR Part icon at the top of the FeatureManager. BossExtrude1 utilized the Mid Plane End Condition. An Extruded feature required a Sketch Plane. PAGE 1 . 122) Select a light green color from the Color box. 123) Click OK from the Color PropertyManager. The Color PropertyManager is displayed. Document Properties tab. The Sketch plane was the Front Plane.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Modify the part color. The BossExtrude1 feature was symmetric about the Front Plane. The Extruded Boss/Base feature adds material.40 . The Edit Color option was utilized to modify the part color. sketch and depth. 121) Click the Edit color box as illustrated. Save the SHAFT-COLLAR part. The Extruded Cut feature default named was Cut-Extrude1. The 2D circle was sketched centered at the Origin.

SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly The SolidWorks Help contains step-by-step instructions for various commands. 125) Click Help from the Menu bar. 128) Close the default SolidWorks Help Home Page dialog box. The Help icon is displayed in the dialog box or in the PropertyManager for each feature. Display Help for a rectangle. 126) Click SolidWorks Help. View the default SolidWorks Help Home Page. 127) View your options and tools. PAGE 1 .41 .

PAGE 1 . The SolidWorks Tutorials are displayed. 129) Click Help from the Menu bar. The Certified SolidWorks Associate CSWA certification indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of 3D CAD design and engineering practices and principles.42 . The Getting Started category provides three 30 minute lessons on parts. and drawings. The tutorials also provide links to the CSWP and CSWA Certification programs and a What’s New Examples for 2011. offers various stages of certification representing increasing levels of expertise in 3D CAD design as it applies to engineering: Certified SolidWorks Associate CSWA. 132) Close the Online Tutorial dialog box. Return to the SolidWorks Graphics window. assemblies. 131) Click the Getting Started category. View Chapters 8 . Certified SolidWorks Professional CSWP and Certified SolidWorks Expert CSWE along with specialty fields in Simulation. 130) Click SolidWorks Tutorials. This section also provides information for users who are switching from AutoCAD to SolidWorks. DS SolidWorks Corp.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Display the SolidWorks Tutorials. Sheet Metal. and Surfacing.11 for additional detail information. The SolidWorks Tutorials are presented by category.

Create the FLATBAR part. The FLATBAR part is manufactured from .5in apart. Create the 2D profile centered about the Origin. The Straight Slot Sketch tool automatically applies design symmetry. The Part FeatureManager is displayed. Dimension what geometry you intent to modify or adjust. This is the seed feature for the Linear Pattern. Utilize a Linear Pattern feature to create the remaining holes. Relations control the size and position of entities with constraints. Activity: FLATBAR Part-Extruded Base Feature Create a New part. ∅. then dimensions.090inch 6061 alloy. Utilize the new Straight Slot Sketch tool with an Extruded Boss/Base feature. Add relations. Utilize an Extruded Cut feature to create the first hole. Save the part. The Templates tab is the default tab.190in holes spaced 0. The New SolidWorks Document dialog box is displayed. This will keep the user from having too many unnecessary dimensions. 135) Click Save As from the drop-down Menu bar. 133) Click New AXLE FLATBAR First Point Second Point from the Menu bar. A Linear Pattern creates an array of features in a specified direction. The FLATBAR contains nine. (Midpoint and Equal geometric relations). Part is the default template from the New SolidWorks Document dialog box.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly FLATBAR Part The FLATBAR part fastens to the AXLE. This helps to show the design intent of the model. PAGE 1 .43 . The Extruded feature requires a 2D profile sketched on the Front Plane. 134) Double-click Part.

use the Origin as your centerpoint. 139) Click Options . In this example. Document Properties tab from the Menu bar. Insert a new sketch for the Extruded Base feature. 147) Click Sketch from the Context toolbar as illustrated.12] for Length units Decimal places.123. Apply the Centerpoint Straight Slot Sketch tool. This is the Sketch plane. 146) Right-click Front Plane from the FeatureManager. 140) Select ANSI from the Overall drafting standard drop-down menu. The FLATBAR FeatureManager is displayed. The Sketch toolbar is displayed. PAGE 1 . Set the Dimension standard and part units. [MMGS] for Unit system. 144) Select None for Angular units Decimal places. Utilize the new Consolidated Slot Sketch toolbar. 137) Enter FLAT BAR 9 HOLES for Description. 141) Click Units.44 . [. The Straight Slot Sketch tool provides the ability to sketch a straight slot from a centerpoint. 145) Click OK to set the document units. 142) Click IPS. The Slot PropertyManager is displayed. 148) Click the Centerpoint Straight tool from the Sketch Slot toolbar. 138) Click Save.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial 136) Enter FLATBAR for File name in the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. 143) Select .

157) Click a position above the top horizontal line in the Graphics window. uncheck Sketch Relations from the Menu bar. 155) Click the Smart Dimension tool from the Sketch toolbar. Sketch Relations from the Menu bar menu. The black sketch is fully defined. there are times when this is not practical. 161) Click a position diagonally to the right in the Graphics window.250in. Generally when using the spline tool to create a freeform shape. This is your first point.000in. It’s considered best practice to fully define all sketches in the model. Model around the Origin: This is great because it provides a point of reference. 158) Enter 4. PAGE 1 .45 . View the sketch relations in the Graphics window.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Create the Straight Slot with three points. View the Sketch relations. The Straight Slot is displayed. 156) Click the horizontal centerline. However. 153) Click View. 152) Click OK First Point Second Point from the Slot PropertyManager.35] in the Modify dialog box. [6. Add a dimension. This is your second point. [101. 159) Click the Green Check mark in the Modify dialog box. 160) Click the right arc of the FLATBAR. 149) Click the Origin.6] in the Modify dialog box. Deactivate the Sketch relations. 154) Click View. 163) Click the Green Check mark in the Modify dialog box. 151) Click a point directly above the second point. 150) Click a point directly to the right of the Origin. 162) Enter . The Straight Slot Sketch tool provides a midpoint relation with the Origin and Equal relations between the other sketch entities. This is your third point.

Origins from the Menu bar menu to display the Origin in the Graphics window. The Sketch toolbar is displayed. Rename a feature or sketch for clarity. Display the Front view. 170) Click Sketch from the Context toolbar as illustrated. 168) Click Save . This is the Sketch plane. 164) Click Extruded Boss/Base from the Features toolbar.29] for Depth. Boss-Extrude1 is highlighted in the FeatureManager. 169) Right-click the front face of the Boss-Extrude1 feature in the Graphics window.090in. BossExtrude1 is displayed in the FeatureManager. Save the FLATBAR part.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Extrude the sketch to create the Base (Boss-Extrude1) feature. PAGE 1 . 172) Click Hidden Lines Removed from the Heads-up View toolbar. [2. 166) Click OK from the Boss-Extrude PropertyManager. Accept the default conditions.46 . 165) Enter . 167) Press the f key. 171) Click Front view from the Heads-up View toolbar. The process of placing the mouse pointer over an existing arc to locate its centerpoint is called “wake up”. Click View. Fit the model to the Graphics window. Slowly click the feature or sketch name twice and enter the new name when the old one is highlighted. The Boss-Extrude PropertyManager is displayed. Activity: FLATBAR Part-Extruded Cut Feature Insert a new sketch for the Extruded Cut Feature.

186) Select Through All for End Condition in Direction 1. Insert an Extruded Cut feature. Add a dimension. Accept the default conditions. 175) Click the centerpoint of the arc. 181) Click the Green Check mark in the Modify dialog box. 177) Click the Smart Dimension Sketch tool.190in. 173) Click the Circle Sketch tool from the Sketch toolbar. 179) Click a position diagonally above and to the left of the circle in the Graphics window. When do you use various End Conditions? What are you trying to do with the design? How does the component fit into an Assembly? PAGE 1 .SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Wake up the centerpoint. Think design intent.83] in the Modify box. 180) Enter . Do not click. The direction arrow points to the back. The Circle PropertyManager is displayed. 182) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar. [4. 176) Click a position to the right of the centerpoint to create the circle as illustrated. The Centerpoint of the arc centerpoint of the slot arc is displayed. 187) Click OK from the Cut-Extrude PropertyManager. 188) Click Save . 185) Click Extruded Cut from the Features toolbar.Extrude PropertyManager is displayed. 174) Place the mouse pointer on the left arc. Save the FLATBAR part. 183) Click Shaded With Edges from the Heads-up View toolbar. The Cut-Extrude1 feature is displayed in the FeatureManager. 178) Click the circumference of the circle. The Cut.47 . 184) Click the Features tab from the CommandManager.

Right and Top) are align with specific views. PAGE 1 . Instances are the number of occurrences of a feature. The LPattern1 feature is displayed in the FeatureManager. Click Cut-Extrude1 from the fly-out FeatureManager. Cut-Extrude1 is displayed in the Features to Pattern box. The Linear Pattern PropertyManager is displayed. click inside the Features to Pattern box. box. 191) Enter 0.5in.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial The blue Cut-Extrude1 icon indicates that the feature is selected.70] for Spacing. [12. Click the Reverse Direction required. the three default Planes (Front. 192) Enter 9 for Number of Instances. 189) Click the Linear Pattern tool from the Features toolbar. Note: If Cut-Extrude1 is not displayed. 190) Click the top edge of the Boss-Extrude1 feature for Direction1 in the Graphics window. Edge<1> is displayed in the Pattern Direction box. Activity: FLATBAR Part-Linear Pattern Feature Create a Linear Pattern feature. 195) Click OK button if 194) Check Geometry Pattern from the Options from the Linear Pattern PropertyManager. 193) The Direction arrow points to the right. When you create a new part or assembly.48 . Select features by clicking their icons in the FeatureManager or by selecting their geometry in the Graphics window. The Plane you select for the Base sketch determines the orientation of the part.

equally spaced along the The Linear Pattern length of the FLATBAR part. Review the FLATBAR Part The FLATBAR part utilized an Extruded Boss/Base feature as the first feature. Mates remove degrees of freedom from a component. 197) Click Windows. An assembly inserted into another assembly is called a sub-assembly. The front face was your Sketch plane for the Extruded Cut feature. To remove Tangent edges. Boss-Extrude1 was created. The Extruded Cut feature removed material to create the hole. Close All from the Menu bar. 196) Click Save . Close all documents. PAGE 1 . The Through All End Condition option in Direction 1 created the Cut-Extrude1 feature. You created a circle sketch for the Extruded Cut feature on the front face of BossExtrude1. The Cut-Extrude1 feature is the seed feature for the Linear Pattern of holes. The Sketch plane was the Front Plane. LINKAGE Assembly An assembly is a document that contains two or more parts. click Display/Selections from the Options menu. You applied the Extruded Boss/Base feature with a Blind End Condition in Direction 1. A part or sub-assembly inserted into an assembly is called a component. FLATBAR and AirCylinder sub-assembly. Mates are geometric relationships that align and fit components in an assembly. You added linear and radial dimensions to define your sketch.49 . Establishing the correct component relationship in an assembly requires forethought on component interaction.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Save the FLATBAR part. The FLATBAR part is complete. The Extruded Cut feature default name was Cut-Extrude1. The 2D sketch utilized the Straight Slot Sketch tool to create the slot profile. The LINKAGE assembly consists of the following components: AXLE. feature created an array of 9 holes. SHAFT-COLLAR. check the Removed box.

Use the drop-down arrow box or enter the angle value directly. Distance Mate: Locates the selected items with a specified distance between them. edges.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Mate Types Mates reflect the physical behavior of a component in an assembly.50 . The Aligned option positions the components so that the normal vectors from the selected faces point in the same direction. PAGE 1 . spherical face. There are two Mate Alignment options. Standard Mates: Components are assembled with various mate types. Perpendicular Mate: Locates the selected items at a 90 degree angle to each other. Concentric Mate: Locates the selected items so they can share the same center point. The Anti-Aligned option positions the components so that the normal vectors from the selected faces point in opposite directions. Tangent Mate: Locates the selected items in a tangent mate. cylindrical. Advanced and Mechanical mate types. The components in the LINKAGE assembly utilize Standard mate types. or planes so they use the same infinite line. At least one selected item must be either a conical. Use the drop-down arrow box or enter the distance value directly. Angle Mate: Locates the selected items at the specified angle to each other. The Standard mate types are: Coincident Mate: Locates the selected faces. A Coincident mate positions two vertices for contact Parallel Mate: Locates the selected items to lie in the same direction and to remain a constant distance apart. Review Standard. Lock Mate: Maintains the position and orientation between two components.

There are six degrees of freedom: 3 translational and 3 rotational. and adds a pitch relationship between the rotation of one component and the translation of the other.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Mates define the allowable degrees of freedom in an assembly. Angle Mate: Locates the selected items at the specified angle to each other. or point to be tangent or coincident to a series of tangent extruded faces. Distance Mate: Locates the selected items with a specified distance between them. Use the drop-down arrow box or enter the angle value directly. Linear/Linear Coupler Mate: Establishes a relationship between the translation of one component and the translation of another component. A Symmetric Mate does not create a Mirrored Component.51 . Rack Pinion Mate: Provides the ability to have Linear translation of a part. Gear Mate: Forces two components to rotate relative to one another around selected axes. pinion. Hinge Mate: Limits the movement between two components to one rotational degree of freedom. rack causes circular rotation in another part. Screw Mate: Constrains two components to be concentric. Width Mate: Centers a tab within the width of a groove. Path Mate: Constrains a selected point on a component to a path. and vice versa. Mechanical Mates: The Mechanical mate types are: Cam Mate: Forces a plane. cylinder. Advanced Mates: The Advanced mate types are: Symmetric Mate: Positions two selected entities to be symmetric about a plane or planar face. PAGE 1 . Use the drop-down arrow box or enter the distance value directly.

203) Maximize the SolidWorks Graphics window.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Universal Joint Mate: The rotation of one component (the output shaft) about its axis is driven by the rotation of another component (the input shaft) about its axis. View the available folders. exit out of AutoPlay for the Multi-media movies. 201) Click Explore. all the components will move with it. Example: Utilize a Concentric mate between the AXLE cylindrical face and the FLATBAR Extruded Cut feature. 198) Minimize the SolidWorks Graphics window. Mate to the first component added to the assembly. The Templates tab is the default tab. 204) Click New from the Menu bar. The AirCylinder assembly is located on the SolidWorks Tutorial Multi-media CD in the Pneumatic Components folder. Note: Open models are displayed in the Open documents box.52 . PAGE 1 . 202) Copy the folders and files from the CD to your SW-TUTORIAL- 2011 folder on the hard drive. If you mate to the first component or base component of the assembly and decide to change its orientation later. Create a new assembly. 199) Insert the CD from the book into your computer. Return to SolidWorks. This is an assembly that you copied from the CD in the book. The Begin Assembly PropertyManager is displayed. If required. dialog box. 205) Double-click Assembly from the New SolidWorks Document 206) Click the Browse button. Utilize a Coincident mate between the SHAFTCOLLAR back face and the FLATBAR front flat face. The LINKAGE assembly requires the AirCylinder assembly. The AirCylinder assembly is displayed in the Graphics window. Determine the static and dynamic behavior of mates in each sub-assembly before creating the top level assembly. 200) Right-click your CD drive icon. 207) Double-click the AirCylinder assembly from the SW- TUTORIAL-2011/Pneumatic Components folder. (hole). Activity: AirCylinder Assembly-Open and Save As option Copy the folders and files from the CD in the book. The New SolidWorks Document dialog box is displayed.

208) Click OK from the Begin Assembly PropertyManager to fix the AirCylinder assembly in the Graphics window. 214) Click the Browse button from the Specify folder for selected items. 215) Select the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. 211) Select SW-TUTORIAL-2011 for Save in folder. The (f) symbol is placed in front of the AirCylinder name in the FeatureManager. 212) Enter LINKAGE for file name. 217) Click Save All. click Yes to Rebuild. 213) Click the References button. 216) Click OK from the Browse For Folder dialog box. Click Set Lightweight to Resolved.53 . 209) If required.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Resolve an Assembly. PAGE 1 . The LINKAGE assembly FeatureManager is displayed. Right-click the assembly name or component name from the FeatureManager. 210) Click Save As from the Menu bar.

PAGE 1 . 220) Click View. Insert a Concentric mate. Note: If AXLE is active. The Insert Component PropertyManager is displayed. double-click AXLE from the Open documents box. 223) Click the Insert Components Assembly tool.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial The AirCylinder assembly and its references are copied to the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. 225) Select All Files from the Files of type box. If required hide the Origins. 227) Click a position to the front of the AirCylinder assembly as illustrated. 218) Expand the AirCylinder assembly in the FeatureManager.54 . Note: The RodClevis is displayed in blue in the Graphics window. Enlarge the view. The cursor displays the face feedback symbol. Skip to 227. 222) Click the Assembly tab in the CommandManager. Insert the AXLE part. 231) Click the inside front hole face of the RodClevis. 230) Click the Mate tool from the Assembly toolbar. The Mate PropertyManager is displayed. Assemble the AXLE to the holes in the RodClevis. uncheck Origins from the Menu bar. 224) Click the Browse button. Display the RodClevis component in the FeatureManager. 229) Zoom in on the RodClevis and the AXLE. 221) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar. 226) Double-click AXLE from the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. 219) Click RodClevis<1> from the FeatureManager. Move the AXLE component. 228) Click a position in front of the RODCLEVIS. Display an Isometric view. The AirCylinder is the first component in the LINKAGE assembly and is fixed (f) to the LINKAGE assembly Origin.

Expand the LINKAGE assembly and components in the fly-out FeatureManager. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. PAGE 1 . The AXLE translates in and out of the RodClevis holes. Do not position the mouse pointer near the edge of the face. If the wrong face or edge is selected. Click Clear Selections to remove all geometry from the Items Selected text box. Utilize the Undo button to begin the Mate command again. The Mate Pop-up toolbar minimizes the time required to create a mate. Move the AXLE. 234) Click and drag the AXLE left to right. Concentric mate is selected by default. 235) Click Top view from the Heads-up View toolbar. Right-click in the Mate Selections box to either select Clear Selections or to delete a single selection. perform one of the following actions: • • • • Click the face or edge again to remove it from the Mate Selections box. Right-click in the Graphics window. The Mate Pop-up toolbar is displayed after selecting the two cylindrical faces. 236) Expand the LINKAGE assembly from the fly-out FeatureManager.55 . Lock Flip Mate Alignment Position the mouse pointer in the middle of the face to select the Selected by default entire face. OK Display the Top view. The cursor displays the face feedback symbol.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly 232) Click the long cylindrical face of the AXLE. The AXLE is positioned concentric to the RodClevis hole. 233) Click the Green Check mark as illustrated.

246) Click the Insert Components Assembly tool. 241) Click the Front Plane of the AXLE part from the fly-out FeatureManager. 239) If needed. right-click Clear Selections inside the Mate Selections box. Activity: LINKAGE Assembly-Insert FLATBAR Part Insert the FLATBAR part. 240) Click the Front Plane of the AirCylinder assembly from the fly-out FeatureManager.56 . The Insert Component PropertyManager is displayed. 245) Expand the Mates folder in the FeatureManager. the mate numbers will be in a different order.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial 237) Expand the AirCylinder assembly from the fly-out FeatureManager. Display the Mates in the FeatureManager to check that the components and the mate types correspond to the design intent. The AXLE is centered in the RodClevis. 238) Expand the AXLE part from the fly-out FeatureManager. from the Mate PropertyManager. 244) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar. Display the Mates in the folder. Insert a Coincident mate. 247) Click the Browse button. Display an Isometric view. View the created mates. Coincident mate is selected by default. Clear all sections from the Mate Selections box. PAGE 1 . 242) Click the Green Check mark 243) Click OK . Note: If you delete a mate and then recreate it. The AirCylinder Front Plane and the AXLE Front Plane are Coincident. The selected planes are displayed in the Mate Selections box.

SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly 248) Select Part for Files of type from the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. Enlarge the view. PAGE 1 . right-click Clear Selections inside the Mate Selections box. 250) Click a position in the Graphics window as illustrated. If required. Insert a Coincident mate. 251) Zoom in on the AXLE and the left side of the FLATBAR to enlarge the view. Note: Use the z key to Zoom out if required. Move the FLATBAR. 254) Click the long cylindrical face of the AXLE. 258) Click the front face of the FLATBAR. Place the component in the assembly. Coincident is selected by default. The FLATBAR translates and rotates along the AXLE. 252) Click the Mate tool from the Assembly toolbar. 255) Click the Green Check mark . 260) Click the back face of the RodClevis as illustrated. 256) Press the f key. 257) Click and drag the FLATBAR. Fit the model to the Graphics window. 253) Click the inside left hole face of the FLATBAR. 259) Rotate the model view the back face of the RodClevis.57 . Insert a Concentric mate. Concentric is selected by default. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. 249) Double-click FLATBAR. The Mate PropertyManager is displayed. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box.

263) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar.58 . 268) Click a position to the front of the AirCylinder in the Graphics window as illustrated. PAGE 1 . 275) Press the f key. 269) Zoom in on the second FLATBAR and the AXLE. The Insert Component PropertyManager is displayed. 266) Select Part for Files of type from the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. FLATBAR to the front. 265) Click the Browse button. The Mate PropertyManager is displayed. Insert a Concentric mate. Concentric is selected by default. Fit the model to the Graphics window. second FLATBAR. 270) Click the Mate tool from the Assembly tool. 264) Click the Insert Components Assembly tool. 273) Click the Green Check mark 274) Click and drag the second . Insert the second FLATBAR component. Display the Isometric view. 271) Click the left inside hole face of the 272) Click the long cylindrical face of the AXLE.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial 261) Click the Green Check mark 262) Click OK . Enlarge the view. from the Mate PropertyManager. 267) Double-click FLATBAR.

View the created mates. 279) Click the front face of the RodClevis. Coincident is selected by default. 282) Click the top narrow face of the first FLATBAR. Determine the static and dynamic behavior of mates in each sub-assembly before creating the top level assembly. 288) Click and drag the second FLATBAR. 281) Press the Shift-z keys to Zoom in on the model. The book is design to expose the new user to various tools and design intents. Both FLATBAR parts move together. PAGE 1 . 283) Click the top narrow face of the second FLATBAR. 284) Click Parallel .59 . 280) Click the Green Check mark . 277) Click the back face of the second FLATBAR. 285) Click the Green Check mark 286) Click OK from the Mate PropertyManager.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Insert a Coincident mate. . Insert a Parallel mate. 278) Press the right arrow key approximately 5 times to rotate the model to view the front face of the RodClevis. 289) Expand the Mates folder from the FeatureManager. from the Heads-up View 287) Click Isometric view toolbar. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. 276) Press the left arrow key approximately 5 times to rotate the model to view the back face of the second FLATBAR. Move the two FLATBAR parts. View the Mates folder. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box.

60 . 291) Click the Browse button. 303) Click the front face of the SHAFT-COLLAR as illustrated. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. 297) Click the Zoom to Area tool. Enlarge the view. 302) Press the Shift-z keys to Zoom in on the model. 293) Double-click SHAFT-COLLAR. 295) Click the Zoom to Area tool. 290) Click the Insert Components Assembly tool. 301) Click the Green Check mark . Insert a Coincident mate. The Mate PropertyManager is displayed. Concentric is selected by default. Deactivate the tool. PAGE 1 . 299) Click the inside hole face of the SHAFT- COLLAR. 298) Click the Mate tool from the Assembly toolbar. 292) Select Part for Files of type from the SW- TUTORIAL-2011 folder. 304) Rotate the model to view the back face of the first FLATBAR. 296) Zoom-in on the SHAFT-COLLAR and the AXLE component. 300) Click the long cylindrical face of the AXLE.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Activity: LINKAGE Assembly-Insert SHAFT-COLLAR Part Insert the first SHAFT-COLLAR. Insert a Concentric mate. The Insert Component PropertyManager is displayed. 294) Click a position to the back of the AXLE as illustrated.

309) Click the Insert Components 310) Click the Browse button. from the Mate PropertyManager. Concentric is selected by default. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. Insert a Concentric mate. 316) Click the Zoom to Area tool to deactivate the tool. folder. 319) Click the long cylindrical face of the AXLE. 314) Click the Zoom to Area tool. The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. 320) Click the Green Check mark .61 . Enlarge the view. 318) Click the inside hole face of the second SHAFT- COLLAR. PAGE 1 . 311) Select Part for Files of type from the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 Assembly tool. Display the Isometric view. 312) Double-click SHAFT-COLLAR. 313) Click a position near the AXLE as illustrated. The Insert Component PropertyManager is displayed. Coincident is selected by default. Insert the second SHAFT-COLLAR. 306) Click the Green Check mark 307) Click OK . 315) Zoom-in on the second SHAFT-COLLAR and the AXLE to enlarge the view. The Mate PropertyManager is displayed. 308) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly 305) Click the back face of the first FLATBAR. 317) Click Mate from the Assembly toolbar.

from the Mate PropertyManager. 323) Click the Green Check mark 324) Click OK . PAGE 1 . The selected faces are displayed in the Mate Selections box. Display an Isometric view.62 . View the created mates. Fit the model to the Graphics window. 327) Press the f key. 326) Click Isometric view from the Heads-up View toolbar. A part or sub-assembly inserted into an assembly is called a component.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Insert a Coincident mate. The Concentric and Coincident mates added Geometric relationships between the inserted components in the LINKAGE assembly. 325) Expand the Mates folder. The AirCylinder assembly was fixed to the Origin. 328) Click Save . 322) Click the front face of the second FLATBAR. The LINKAGE assembly is complete. 321) Click the back face of the second SHAFT-COLLAR. Coincident is selected by default. Review the LINKAGE Assembly An assembly is a document that contains two or more parts. The AirCylinder assembly was obtained from the CD in the book and copied to the SW-TUTORIAL-2011 folder. The AirCylinder sub-assembly was the first component inserted into the LINKAGE assembly. Save the LINKAGE assembly. You created the LINKAGE assembly.

The component is free to move. The AXLE part was the second component inserted into the LINKAGE assembly. The MotionManager is displayed.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly To remove the fixed state. Use SolidWorks mates to restrict the motion of components in an assembly when you model motion. They simulate and animate the motion you prescribe for your model. Click Float. The AXLE required a Concentric mate between the two cylindrical faces and a Coincident mate between two the Front Planes. PAGE 1 . The FLATBAR required a Concentric mate between the two cylindrical faces and a Coincident mate between the two flat faces. Motion studies do not change an assembly model or its properties.Basic Motion Tool Motion Studies are graphical simulations of motion for assembly models. Motion Study . The Basic Motion option provides the ability to approximate the effects of motors. Two SHAFT-COLLAR parts were inserted into the LINKAGE assembly. You can incorporate visual properties such as lighting and camera perspective into a motion study. A Parallel mate was added between the two FLATBARs. The FLATBAR part was the third component inserted into the LINKAGE assembly.63 . Select the Basic Motion option from the MotionManager. Each SHAFTCOLLAR required a Concentric mate between the two cylindrical faces and a Coincident mate between the two flat faces. springs. collisions and gravity on your assembly. Right-click a component name in the FeatureManager. A second FLATBAR was inserted into the LINKAGE assembly. Basic Motion takes mass into account in calculating motion. Note: The Animation option does not! Activity: LINKAGE Assembly-Basic Motion Insert a Rotary Motor using the Motion Study tab. 330) Select Basic Motion for Type of study from the MotionManager drop-down menu as illustrated. Create a Motion Study. 329) Click the Motion Study 1 tab located in the bottom left corner of the Graphics window.

The red direction arrow points counterclockwise. 337) Click Play Linear Assembly Basic Simulation PAGE 1 . View the simulation. .Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial 331) Click Motor from the MotionManager. The Motor PropertyManager is displayed. 334) Enter 150 RPM for speed in the Motion box. 332) Click the Rotary Motor box. 335) Click OK from the Motor PropertyManager. The FLATBAR rotates in a counterclockwise direction for a set period of time. 336) Click Calculate . 333) Click the FLATBAR front face as illustrated.64 . Record the Simulation. A red Rotary Motor icon is displayed.

Fit the assembly to the Graphics window. 344) Click Windows. 343) Click Save . The LINKAGE assembly chapter is complete. You saved the simulation in an . mates. Rename a feature or sketch for clarity. Review the Motion Study The Rotary Motor Basic Motion tool combined Mates and Physical Dynamics to rotate the FLATBAR components in the LINKAGE assembly.AVI file. Additional details on Motion Study. 338) Click Save Animation. Exit SolidWorks. PAGE 1 . 340) Click OK from the Video Compression box. and Simulation are available in SolidWorks Help. Assembly. Keywords: Motion Study and Basic Motion. 341) Click the Model tab location in the bottom left corner of the Graphics window. The Rotary Motor was applied to the front face of the FLATBAR.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Save the simulation in an AVI file to the SWTUTORIAL-2011 folder. Close All from the Menu bar. You utilized the Calculate option to play the simulation. Close the Motion Study and return to SolidWorks.65 . 342) Press the f key. 339) Click Save from the Save Animation to File dialog box. Save the LINKAGE assembly. Slowly click the feature or sketch name twice and enter the new name when the old one is highlighted. View your options.

During the initial SolidWorks installation.66 . The Extruded Cut feature removed material from the part. Task Pane. CommandManager. Document Properties. FeatureManager. you are requested to select either the ISO or ANSI drafting standard. When parts are inserted into an assembly. and depth. The Extruded Cut feature was utilized to create a hole in the SHAFT-COLLAR and FLATBAR parts. ISO is typically an European drafting standard and uses First Angle Projection. You obtained the knowledge of the following SolidWorks features: Extruded Boss/Base. The book is written using the ANSI (US) overall drafting standard and Third Angle Projection for drawings. copied the AirCylinder assembly from the CD in the book and created the LINKAGE assembly. Mates are geometric relationships that align and fit components in an assembly. PAGE 1 . You created 2D sketches and addressed the three key states of a sketch: Fully Defined. Note: Both were Through All holes. Parts and Assemblies. Concentric. you created three parts (AXLE. The Extruded Boss/Base feature added material to a part. they are called components. Extruded Cut. Over Defined and Under Defined.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Chapter Summary In this chapter. System feedback icons. Toolbars. The Boss-Extruded1 feature was utilized in the AXLE. Features are the building blocks of parts. Note: Always review your FeatureManager for the proper Sketch state. We will address the Hole Wizard later in the book. The Rotary Motor Basic Motion tool combined Mates and Physical Dynamics to rotate the FLATBAR components in the LINKAGE assembly. SHAFTCOLLAR and FLATBAR). The Linear Pattern feature was utilized to create an array of holes in the FLATBAR part. You developed an understanding of the SolidWorks User Interface: Menus. You created the LINKAGE assembly by inserting the AirCylinder assembly. Coincident and Parallel mates were utilized to assemble the components. SHAFT-COLLAR and FLATBAR parts. sketch. AXLE. SHAFT-COLLAR and FLATBAR parts. and Linear Pattern. You created a Motion Study. The Extruded Boss/Base feature required a Sketch plane.

Right-mouse button is utilized to invoke commands. Cursor Feedback: Feedback is provided by a symbol attached to the cursor arrow indicating your selection. When a part is inserted into an assembly it is called a component. Mouse Buttons: The left and right mouse buttons have distinct meanings in SolidWorks. Components are mated together. Face Edge Dimension Vertex Dimension: A value indicating the size of feature geometry. If you delete a component or mate and then reinsert the component or mate in the same SolidWorks session. Features add or remove material.SLDPRT. the instance number increments by one. features. Instance Number: The instance number increments every time you insert the same component or mate. Mates: A mate is a geometric relationship between components in an assembly. PAGE 1 . riding next to the cursor. BSI. and other subassemblies. Part: A part is a single 3D object made up of features. ISO.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Think design intent. Assembly: An assembly is a document which contains parts. Features are created from sketched profiles or from edges and faces of existing geometry. When do you use the various End Conditions and Geometric sketch relations? What are you trying to do with the design? How does the component fit into an Assembly? Chapter Terminology Utilize SolidWorks Help for additional information on the terms utilized in this chapter. Left mouse button is utilized to select geometry. DIN. JIS. Component: A part or sub-assembly within an assembly.SLDASM. feedback is provided in the form of symbols. GOST and GB. Features: Features are geometry building blocks. The Dimensioning standard options are: ANSI.67 . Drafting Standard: A set of drawing and detailing options developed by national and international organizations. As the cursor floats across the model. The filename extension for a SolidWorks part file name is . The filename extension for a SolidWorks assembly file name is .

The Extruded Boss/Base feature starts with either a 2D or 3D sketch. The Extruded Cut feature performs the opposite function of the Extruded Boss/Base feature. Planes are flat and infinite. Status of a Sketch: Three states are utilized in this chapter: Fully Defined: Has complete information (dimensions and geometric relations) displayed in black. Toolbars: The toolbar menus provide shortcuts enabling you to quickly access the most frequently used commands. They are represented on the screen with visible edges. The Extruded Boss/Base feature adds material by extrusion. Add needed dimensions and Geometric relations. Typical geometry types are lines. polygons and ellipses. edge.68 . select a plane. The Extruded Cut feature starts with either a 2D or 3D sketch and removes material by extrusion. The reference plane for this project is the Front Plane. Click OK from the BossExtrude PropertyManager. Enter a depth. Select Extruded Boss/Base from the Features toolbar. Over Defined: Has duplicate (dimensions or geometric relations) displayed in Red/Yellow or Under Defined: There is inadequate definition (dimensions or geometric relations) displayed in Blue and black. Sketch: The name to describe a 2D profile is called a sketch. Units: Used in the measurement of physical quantities. Extruded Cut: The Extruded Cut feature removes material from a solid. 2D Sketches are created on flat faces and planes within the model. Steps to create an Extruded Boss/Base Feature: • Select the Sketch plane. axis. or vertex. Sketch the profile. Chapter Features Extruded Boss/Base: An Extruded Boss/Base (Boss-Extrude1) feature is the first feature in a part. Relation: A relation is a geometric constraint between sketch entities or between a sketch entity and a plane. Select an End Condition and/or options. Millimeter dimensioning and decimal inch dimensioning are the two types of common units specified for engineering parts and drawings. arcs. Steps to create an Extruded Cut Feature: PAGE 1 . circles. Trim Entities: Deletes selected sketched geometry.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Plane: To create a sketch. rectangles. Extends a sketch segment unit it is coincident with another entity.

Linear Pattern: A Linear Pattern repeats features or geometry in an array. _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ PAGE 1 . b) Determine the height of the AXLE in mm. Enter Direction of the pattern. c) Calculate the Volume of the AXLE in mm3. Where: • • • V is volume. Select Linear Pattern from the Feature toolbar. Select an End Condition and/or options. Steps to create a Linear Pattern Feature: • Select the features to repeat. Click OK from the Cut-Extrude PropertyManager. Select Extruded Cut from the Features toolbar. A Linear Patten requires the number of instances and the spacing between instances. Sketch the profile. Answers to questions are written in an engineering journal. V = π r2 h. 1. Optional: Pattern instances to skip. Engineering Journal Engineers and designers utilize mathematics. Enter Distance between pattern instances.69 .SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly • Select the Sketch plane. Add Dimensions and Relations. Enter Number of pattern instances in each direction. a) Determine the radius of the AXLE in mm. science. h is the height. Enter a depth. economics and history to calculate additional information about a project. Click OK from the Linear Pattern PropertyManager. r is the radius. Volume of a cylinder is provided by the formula.

70 .007842 g/mm3.00 $24. What length of Harden Steel Rod should be purchased? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ PAGE 1 . _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 3. Harden Steel Rod (ø 3/16): Part Number: 23-123-1 23-123-2 23-123-3 Length: 1 ft 2 ft 3 ft Cost: $10. Where: • • • ρ is density. Density of a material is provided by the formula: ρ = m/V. m is mass.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial 2. V is volume. The density of hardened steel is .00 $18. a) Determine the mass of the AXLE in grams if the AXLE is manufactured from hardened steel.00 Utilize the table above to determine the following questions: How many 1-3/8 inch AXLES can be cut from each steel rod? Twenty AXLE parts are required for a new assembly. The material supplier catalog lists Harden Steel Rod in foot lengths.

natural philosopher and a founder of modern chemistry. V. Robert Hooke (1635-1703). Along with his student. P of a given mass of a gas is inversely proportional to its volume. How will the volume of air inside the container be modified? __________________________________________________________ Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was an Irish born.71 . Boyle utilized experiments and the scientific method to test his theories. English scientist. Boyle’s Law states that with constant temperature. Air is a gas. Boyle developed the air pump. Research other contributions made by Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke that are utilized today. • • P1 / P2 = V2 / V1 P1 x V1 = P2 x V2 Illustration of Boyle’s Law Courtesy of SMC Corporation of America The pressure in a closed container is doubled. the pressure.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly 4. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ PAGE 1 .

True or False.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Questions 1. 15. 11. 17. 10.72 . 13. Describe the procedure to create a simple 3D part with an Extruded Boss/Base (BossExtrude1) feature. Explain the steps in starting a SolidWorks session. Review the Design Intent section in the book. 2. PAGE 1 . The sketch color blue indicates a sketch is ___________ defined. 6. 8. Define a Geometric relation. Explain the steps required to modify units in a part document from inches to millimeters. The sketch color black indicates a sketch is ___________ defined. Identify how you incorporated design intent into a part or assembly document. Describe an assembly or sub-assembly. Describe a Base feature? Provide two examples from this chapter. 5. The sketch color red indicates a sketch is ___________ defined. Provide three examples. Describe the procedure to begin a new 2D sketch. 9. 3. 12. 14. What are mates and why are they important in assembling components? 16. Describe the procedure to “wake up” a centerpoint in a sketch. each component has_______# degrees of freedom? Name them. 7. A fixed component cannot move in an assembly. 18. Identify the three default Reference planes in SolidWorks. Describe the differences between an Extruded Boss/Base feature and an Extruded Cut feature. Describe the procedure to create a Linear Pattern feature. 4. In an assembly.

Create the part. Dimensions are arbitrary. Simplify the number of features! A: Top Plane B: Front Plane C: Right Plane D: Left Plane Origin Correct answer _______. Create the part.1: Identify the Sketch plane for the Boss-Extrude1 (Base) feature as illustrated.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Exercises Exercise 1. Create the part. Exercise 1. Exercise 1.3: Identify the Sketch plane for the Boss-Extrude1 (Base) feature as illustrated. Simplify the number of features! A: Top Plane B: Front Plane C: Right Plane D: Left Plane Correct answer ________. Dimensions are arbitrary.2: Identify the Sketch plane for the BossExtrude1 (Base) feature as illustrated. Simplify the number of features! A: Top Plane B: Front Plane C: Right Plane D: Left Plane Correct answer ________. Dimensions are arbitrary.73 . Origin Origin PAGE 1 .

06in. Create an Extruded Cut feature.3HOLE part document. No Tangent Edges displayed.4: FLATBAR . Radius is . This is your seed feature. No Tangent Edges displayed. Insert an Extruded Base (Boss-Extrude1) feature. Apply the Linear Pattern feature. The FLATBAR . This is your seed feature.5: FLATBAR .5HOLE Part Create an ANSI.06in. FLATBAR .5mm] 6061 Alloy.500in. Calculate the required dimensions for the FLATBAR 5HOLE part. • Exercise 1. Create an Extruded Cut feature.5mm] 6061 Alloy. When do you use the various End Conditions and Geometric sketch relations? What are you trying to do with the design? How does the component fit into an Assembly? PAGE 1 . • Utilize the Front Plane for the Sketch plane. IPS.74 . and Hole diameter is . [1.3HOLE part is manufactured from 0.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Exercise 1.3HOLE Part Create an ANSI. Apply the Linear Pattern feature.. [1. Use the following information: Holes are . on center. Insert an Extruded Base (Boss-Extrude1) feature. IPS FLATBAR . • • Think design intent.190in. • • Utilize the Front Plane for the Sketch plane.5HOLE part is manufactured from 0.5HOLE part as illustrated.. The FLATBAR .250in.

Utilize the Blind End Condition in Direction 1. Create the sketch symmetric about the Front Plane.70 Material: 1060 Alloy Density = 0. The Front Plane in this problem is not your Sketch Plane. B = . A = 3. Think about the steps that you would take to build the model.00in.321 lb/in^3 Units: IPS Decimal places = 2 PAGE 1 . Note the location of the Origin in the illustration. (inch.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Exercise 1.7: Simple Block Part Create the illustrated ANSI part.75 .50in.75 Material: Copper Density = 0. Units are represented in the IPS. Review the provided information carefully. B = . Think about the steps that you would take to build the model.50 B = . Apply the Mass Properties tool.6: Simple Block Part Create the illustrated ANSI part.0975 lb/in^3 Units: IPS Decimal places = 2 Exercise 1. (inch. • • • • • • Calculate the overall mass of the illustrated model.75in Note: Sketch1 is symmetrical.00 B = . A = 3. • • • • • • Calculate the overall mass of the illustrated model. second) system. pound. Apply the Mass Properties tool. Given: A = 3. Note the location of the Origin in the illustration. pound. Units are represented in the IPS. second) system.70in Given: A = 3. Review the provided information carefully.

Calculate the Volume of the part. MMGS part from the illustrated drawing: Front.76 .9: Simple Block Part Create an ANSI. The drawing views are displayed in Third Angle Projection. Top.30 B = 2.101 lb/in^3 Units: IPS Decimal places = 2 Exercise 1. Note: The location of the Origin in the illustration.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Exercise 1. • • • Given: A = 3. • Calculate the volume of the part and locate the Center of mass with the provided information. The part is symmetric about the Front Plane. • • • • Apply 1060 Alloy for material. Locate the Center of mass.8: Simple Block Part Create an ANSI part from the illustrated model. Think about the steps that you would take to build the model. Think about the steps that you would take to build the model. Apply the Mass Properties tool. PAGE 1 . Note the location of the Origin in the illustration.00 Material: 2014 Alloy Density = . Review the provided information carefully. Right and Isometric views.

The drawing views are displayed in Third Angle Projection. Select Save As from the dropdown Menu bar. Calculate the Volume of the part and locate the Center of mass.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly Exercise 1. Check the Save as copy check box. • • • Apply 1060 Alloy for material. MMGS part from the illustrated drawing: Front. The part is symmetric about the Front Plane. • • Exercise 1. LINKAGE-2 ASSEMBLY for description. Top. Think about the steps that you would take to build the model.10: Simple Block Part Create the ANSI. If required. Enter LINKAGE-2 for file name. • • • PAGE 1 .11: LINKAGE-2 Assembly Create the LINKAGE-2 assembly. Right and Isometric views. set the LINKAGE assembly to (Set Lightweight to Resolved). • Open the LINKAGE assembly from the Chapter 1 homework folder on the CD in the book.77 .

Insert a Coincident mate. Insert a Concentric mate. When a component is fully resolved. Utilize two AXLE parts. When a component is in the Lightweight state. The remaining model data is loaded on an as-needed basis. Note: The 2 FLATBAR-3HOLE parts move together. Insert a Coincident mate. • • Insert the first AXLE part. • Insert the first FLATBAR-3HOLE part. only a subset of its model data is loaded in memory.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial The FLATBAR-3HOLE part was created in Exercise 1. four SHAFT COLLAR parts. Insert a Concentric mate.4. and two FLATBAR-3HOLE parts to create the LINKAGE-2 assembly as illustrated. Perform the same procedure for the second FLATBAR-3HOLE part. all its model data is loaded in memory. • • • • Insert a Parallel mate between the 2 FLATBAR3HOLE parts. PAGE 1 .78 .

Insert a Concentric mate.12: LINKAGE-2 Assembly Motion Study Create a Motion Study using the LINKAGE-2 Assembly that was created in the previous exercise. Apply a Rotary Motor to the front FLATBAR-3HOLE as illustrated. Insert the first SHAFT-COLLAR part.79 . • • • • • • Exercise 1. Perform the same tasks to insert the other three required SHAFTCOLLAR parts as illustrated. Play and Save the Simulation. Insert a Coincident mate. Insert a Coincident mate.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly • Insert the second AXLE part. Insert a Concentric mate. PAGE 1 . • • • Create a Basic Motion Study.

Insert a Concentric mate. • Insert the first FLATBAR-5HOLE part. two FLATBAR-5HOLE parts. and two FLATBAR-3HOLE parts. • • • • • • • • • • • • PAGE 1 . The three parts rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. Insert a Coincident mate.13: ROCKER Assembly Create a ROCKER assembly. above the Top Plane.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Exercise 1. Insert the second FLATBAR-3HOLE part. Insert a Coincident mate. Insert the second AXLE part. The FLATBAR-5HOLE is fixed to the Origin of the ROCKER assembly. Insert a Concentric mate. Insert the first FLATBAR-3HOLE part. The ROCKER assembly consists of two AXLE parts. Insert a Concentric mate. The FLATBAR-3HOLE parts are linked together with the FLATBAR-5HOLE. Insert a Concentric mate. Insert a Coincident mate.80 . Insert a Coincident mate. Create the ROCKER assembly. Insert the first AXLE part.

If an assembly or component is loaded in a Lightweight state. the ROCKER assembly is classified as a mechanism. rightclick the assembly name or component name from the FeatureManager. Link1 is called the Frame.SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Linkage Assembly • • Insert the second FLATBAR-5HOLE part. Link3 is called the Coupler. Note: The end holes of the second FLATBAR5HOLE are concentric with the end holes of the FLATBAR-3HOLE parts. Link1 PAGE 1 . Note: In mechanical design. Insert the required mates. The FLATBAR-3HOLE parts are Link2 and Link4. The FLATBAR-5HOLE part is Link3. Link2 and Link4 are called the Cranks. Click Set Lightweight to Resolved. A Four-Bar Linkage is a common mechanism comprised of four links.81 . Link2 Link3 Link4 The AXLE part is Link1.

Assume dimensions. Note: A 4 bar linkage is a common mechanism comprised of four links. Below are sample models from my ES-1310 Freshman Engineering class.82 . Read the section on Coincident. Create a base with text for extra credit. The four bar linkage assembly has five simple components.14: 4 Bar linkage Create the 4 bar linkage assembly as illustrated. Insert additional components and insert needed mates to simulate the movement of the 4 bar linkage assembly. Concentric and Distance mates in SolidWorks Help and in the SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial book.Linkage Assembly SolidWorks 2011 Tutorial Exercise 1. PAGE 1 . Fix (f) the first component to the origin. View the avi file for required movement in the Chapter 1 homework folder on the CD in the book. You are the designer. Create the five simple components.