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Chapter 2

Spring Assembly
A. Create New Assembly.
Step 1. Click File Menu > New, click Assembly and OK.

Step 2. Click Cancel in the Property Manager, Fig. 1.

B. Enable Toolbox Browser.


Step 1. If necessary, turn on Toolbox Browser, click Tools Menu > Add-
Ins.

Step 2. Check SolidWorks Toolbox Browser to place a check in the


check box, then click OK, Fig. 1.
Fig. 1
C. Design Library.
Step 1. Click the Design Library tab in the Task Pane (right side of drawing area), Fig. 2.

Step 2. Expand the Toolbox


Expand Ansi Inch folder
Expand Bolts and Screws folder

Click Hex Head folder

Step 3. In the lower pane, right click Hex Finished


Bolt and click Insert into Assembly, Fig. 2.

Step 4. In the Property Manager, set:


Size to 1/2-13 Fig. 3
Length to 2.5
click OK .

Fig. 2
Fig. 3

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Step 5. Over in the Task Pane,
Close Bolts and Screws folder , Fig. 5
Expand Nuts folder
Click Hex Nuts

Step 6. In the lower pane, click Hex Nut, Fig. 5 and drag Release nut
nut onto the shaft of the bolt, Fig. 6. When the when cursor
nut snaps into bolt and the pointer (cursor) changes to
changes to concentric

mate , release the nut.

Step 7. When done, click OK


and Cancel . Fig. 5
Fig. 6

Step 8. Click Zoom to Fit


(F) on the View toolbar.

Step 9. Grab the nut and slide it off the bolt, Fig. 8.

D. Save as "SPRING ASSEMBLY".


Step 1. Click File Menu > Save As.

Step 2. Key-in SPRING ASSEMBLY for the lename and press ENTER.

E. Insert Spring.
Step 1. Click Insert Components on the Assembly toolbar.

Step 2. Click Browse in the Property Manager.

Step 3. Select SPRING le and


click Open.

Step 4. Place Spring as positioned in


Fig. 8.

Fig. 7 Fig. 8

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F. Mate: Screw.
Step 1. Click Mate on the Assembly toolbar.

Step 2. Click cylindrical face of Bolt shaft and cylindrical inside face of Nut hole, Fig. 9.

Step 3. In the Mate Property


Manager:
expand Mechanical
Mates, Fig. 10

select Screw
select Revolutions/in
set Revolution to 20
Fig. 9
uncheck Reverse (the
rotation arrow should
point clockwise around
the bolt head),
Fig. 11

click OK

Step 4. Click OK in the


Property Manager.
Fig. 10 Fig. 11
Step 5. Spin nut on bolt and check out the screw mate
threads.

G. Mates: Bolt and Spring.


Step 1. Click Mate on the Assembly toolbar.

Step 2. Click line of Spring sketch and cylindrical


face of Bolt shaft, Fig. 12.
Fig. 12
Step 3. Click Concentric mate in Mate pop-up
toolbar and Add/Finish Mate , Fig. 13 Fig. 13

Fig. 14

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and Fig. 14.

Step 4. Click inside face of Bolt head, Fig. 15.

Step 5. Expand the Design Tree (click +) in the top


left corner of the draw-
ing area, Fig. 16. Fig. 15

Step 6. Expand SPRING and


click Right (plane),
Fig. 16.

Step 7. Click Add/Finish Mate

in Mate pop-up
toolbar to add a Coin-
cident mate, Fig. 17.
Fig. 16 Fig. 17
Step 8. Click inside face of
Bolt head, Fig. 18.

Step 9. Rotate view to view inside face of Nut as


shown in Fig. 19. To rotate, hold down
middle mouse button (wheel) and drag.

Step 10. Click inside face of Nut, Fig. 19. Fig. 18

Step 11. Click Distance in Mate pop-up, Fig. 20.


Set distance to 1.9 and click Add/Finsh Mate
to add the Distance mate.
Fig. 19
Step 12. Click OK in the Property Manager.

Step 13. Save. Use Ctrl-S.

Fig. 20

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H. Coincident Relation: Line Endpoint and Nut Edge.
Step 1. Click line of Spring sketch in the drawing and
click Edit Sketch on the Content menu,
Fig. 22.

Step 2. Ctrl click endpoint of line closest to Nut and


edge of nut to select both. To Ctrl click, click
the endpoint and hold down Ctrl key and the Fig. 22
edge of Nut, Fig. 23.

Step 3. Click Make Coincident on the Content


menu, Fig. 23.

Step 4. Click Edit Component on the Sketch Fig. 23


toolbar to turn off edit component and return to
the assembly le.

Step 5. Save. Use Ctrl-S.

I. Hide Sketch1.
Step 1. Click line of spring sketch in the drawing and
click Hide on the Content menu, Fig. 24.
Fig. 24
J. Motion Study.
Step 1. Click the Motion Study tab at bottom of the display, Fig. 25.

Step 2. Drag the Time Bar to 4 seconds, Fig. 25. The Time Bar is the gray vertical line at 0 sec-
onds.

Step 3. Expand Mates in the Motion Study tree, Fig. 25.

Drag Timebar To 4 seconds


from here

Fig. 25

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Step 4. Right click Distance1
Mate and click Edit
Dimension, Fig. 26.

Step 5. Key in .95 in the Modify


box, Fig. 27 and Fig. 28.
Click OK .

Step 6. Drag the Time Bar to 8


seconds, Fig. 29.
Fig. 26
Step 7. Right click Distance1
Mate and click Edit Di-
mension, Fig. 29.
Fig. 27
Step 8. Key in 1.9 and click OK
. Fig. 28

Drag Timebar
from here
To 8 seconds

Fig. 29

Step 9. Click Play in Motion


Manager toolbar, Fig. 32.

Step 10. Click down arrow next Fig. 30

to Playback Normal , click Loop Fig. 31


and Play , Fig. 32. Click Stop .

Fig. 32
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K. Create Animation Movie.
Step 1. To save Motion Study as a movie le (AVI), click Save Animation in the Motion
Manager toolbar, Fig. 33.

Step 2. In a le name in the Save Animation to File dialog box. Also, the frames per second can
be controlled. The more frames the larger the le size. Click Save. Click OK in the Video
Compression dialog box.

Fig. 33
Step 3. Click the Model tab at bottom of the display return to model and turn off Mo-
tion Study, Fig. 33.

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