SOLIDWORKS: Weldments in Assemblies

A large structure can be challenging to build, but it can be done. In this course, you'll learn to use Reference Line-Sketch Block method and Solid Body part modeling techniques to bolt together a power line tower. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
November 16, 2016
Duration
3h 52m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
November 16, 2016
Duration
3h 52m
Description

Creating large structures from the part level up to an assembly can be a challenge. If the structure has uncommon angles or needs to change size or shape, then every part needs to be individually changed, too, which may be time-consuming and error-prone. In this course, SOLIDWORKS: Weldments in Assemblies, you will learn how to apply SolidWorks Weldments in a multibody part file referencing various forms of sketch reference geometry in the modeling of a power line tower leg. First, you'll learn how to import a design sketch. After that, you'll learn how to apply new weldment profiles and how to modify your existing model. Finally, you'll wrap up the course learning about inserting weldments and how you cut lists into a drawing. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills required to make to quickly and efficiently use design sketches to drive the geometry of your models. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.

About the author
About the author

Chris Scarlett is a teacher and designer with 14 years of experience in Computer Aided Design program at various schools, a regional engineering firm, and for many of his own clients.

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Transcript
Transcript

Hello everyone, my name is Chris Scarlett and welcome to my course ͞Simple Weldments for a Complex Structure.

I am a freelance designer, educator and budding product developer at my own design firm Enterprise Design and Innovations.

Designing a complex structure with various structural members and connection plates, perhaps at non common angles, hat need to be coordinated with each other, can be a real challenge. This course simplifies things by taking the assembly into the part level with solid bodies - created using what I call ͞Reference Line – Sketch Blocks͟ for the Weldment Structural Members - resulting in a model that comes together fast, accurate and is easy to modify.

This course demonstrates a method, that I have developed, that simplifies a complex structure by using a combination of various SolidWorks tools including: the Weldment Structural Member feature reference sketch geometry and sketch blocks for the Weldment Path Segments plus various tips and tricks along the way.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  • Creation of reference geometry to modify the overall model shape and size
  • A review of SolidWorks Weldment Structural Members
  • Development of ͞Reference Line Sketch Blocks͟ for Weldment Path Segments and Structural Member alignment
  • As we move through the course we will use the ͞Reference Line Sketch Block͟ method in increasingly complex applications in our example design - of a power line tower leg structure
By the end of this course, and even after the first half hour, you will begin to become familiar with how to use these and related SolidWorks tools to create a model that is: fast to design, accurate in the creation of solid bodies that are coordinated with their neighbors, including hole locations, and is easy to modify and without errors.

Before beginning the course you should be familiar with basic SolidWorks tools along with experience with detailed sketch geometry in the creation of moderately complex parts and assemblies.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn how to create and apply ͞Reference Line Sketch Blocks͟, along with other SolidWorks tools, to design a power line tower structure using ͞Simple Weldments for a Complex Structure͟ at Pluralsight.