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The most powerful benefit of using solid modeling is to virtually create objects and assemble them together in the computer. This allows us the opportunity to foresee potential problems way before the first prototypes are made. An added benefit is we can directly generate the files needed to produce rapid prototypes like SLAs, FDM parts, or any other 3D printed parts. Let's take a look. I've got 3 components here that I've built a sub assembly for, and I can take a look at how they're going to fit together. I mean this is a really basic example, but it does prove the point.
In this case here, I've got a hole here and I've got a shaft or pin that's going to be going into that hole. So I can slide that shaft in and you can see well It looks like it might be interfering, over here, a little bit. And over here, I've got another one that's going to slide in there, but this one's probably a little bit too small. So right away, I can go ahead and see, this pin is too small for the hole. And this one over here, is a little bit too big. I can section the model, drag it up, and I can see inside there. So, I can quickly Analyze my model and see any potential problems I might be having. So you can see there is some overlap here with this pin, and there is some gaps over here on this model on this side.
So this really allows us to kind of see or foresee problems that might be happening in our model way before we go and actually continue with the design process or build prototypes or even rapid prototypes. Take a look at this. Also under Evaluate, if you look at Interference Detection, you can click on that. Click on Calculate SolidWorks should actually go in there and find out all the areas that are actually interfering. In this case here, it found This face here, highlighted in red, and said hey, these components here are interfering, you should take care of this before you move forward.
Over here on the pin that's a little bit too small, it's not going to tell us anything, because it's not interfering, but it still gives us a nice way to kind of view things before we go ahead, and actually build anything. When you're happy with that, click OK, and there we go. Prototyping in the computer is fast, economical, and easy. Leverage the power of Solidworks and the variety of tools that are available to build, compare, and analyze your design.
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