Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Got Backbone? (Part II)

After evaluating the placement of the tape in the physical chassis, I made some changes to the locations, took down the measurements and updated the CAD data. Using the Weldments function in SolidWorks makes this very easy since the tubing profiles are already loaded into the SolidWorks Library, which means all I have to do is draw the path that the tube will follow and select what profile I want.

Therefore, once I was satisfied with the placement of the tape, all I had to do was drag the existing profile paths I had in the model to the determined locations...no redrawing cross sections and extruding, no changing cut angles, no inserting reference planes for the new tube location...all of this is generated by the software once I pick the profile path start and end point.

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