Join Leon van den Heever for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding subassemblies, part of Modeling a Motorcycle Engine with SOLIDWORKS.
- With the sub-assembly from the previous video now in place, we can go ahead and add it to the top-level assembly. With the top-level assembly open, you can either use the one that you started or I have saved a version in the lesson folder in chapter three as 03-04-add-sub-assemblies. Feel free to use either of those. Let's insert components, we will browse for the piston and cam shaft assembly.
And make sure you pin the property dialog and place a second instance as well and then okay to complete the command. Make sure that this cam shaft piston assembly has the cam shaft triangular flange pointing to the front of the assembly. You can use the Move with Triad command if needed. This is found on the right mouse button or you could simply flip the Mate you intend to use. Now let's Mate this piston concentric to this conrod.
And let's make the piston parallel to a horizontal face on the conrod and I'll use this cannibal face for our purpose. Now let's use a with Mate from the Mate command found under the Advanced Mate section to correctly position the piston assembly to the conrod. Test the result by dragging the conrod in the graphics view and that's looking pretty good.
I'll go ahead and do the same for the second instance of the sub-assembly. Same as we have just done and we will start with a Concentric Mate. Again add a Parallel Mate, and finally our with Mate again.
With our piston assemblies in place, save your work and I'll see you in the next video.
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- Sketching the flywheel
- Building and cutting the flywheel shafts
- Filleting the flywheels
- Splitting the connecting rod
- Building the sprocket
- Modeling the camshaft
- Combining parts into an assembly