Join Leon van den Heever for an in-depth discussion in this video Chain assembly, part of Modeling a Motorcycle Engine with SOLIDWORKS.
- If you've added the additional cam shaft gears from the previous video, your design should now look similar to mine. I have saved a version though to this stage in the lesson file as 03 05 Top Level Assembly Finish, if you prefer to use that as a starting point. Now I've already prepared a chain subassembly for use in our design. Now go ahead and insert components in the top level assembly and lets find this chain assembly and place a single instance into the graphics view.
In this subassembly, I have added a simple non-realistic chain which serves only the purpose for graphical representation. However, if you study the assembly file, you will see how I have achieved this result and can use a similar methodology if you need to create a chain of your own. The gears are simply derivitives from our sprocket model covered in previous videos. Now let's go ahead and add a concentric mate between the small gear and the flywheel shaft.
We'll make these two faces coincident to align the gear with the flywheel. Then for representation purposes only, we will make one of the larger gear holes concentric to one of the rocker arm shafts. At this stage, we will consider our project to be complete, but to wrap things up let's add a few appearances to some of the components and we'll go ahead and do this 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