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SOLIDWORKS: Design for Mechatronics

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Overview

Learn how to use SOLIDWORKS to generate mechatronic (mechanical + electrical) designs, including parts, assemblies, and final drawings.

SOLIDWORKS is the leading software for mechanical design and engineering. However, it also offers a powerful toolset for generating mechatronic designs, or designs that combine mechanical and electrical components. In this course, Justin Flett teaches the basics of mechatronic design in SOLIDWORKS, walking through a complete, simplified project for a robotic arm. As the project progresses, he examines advanced tools for plastics and casing design, including drafts, shells, ribs, and mounting bosses, which are common elements in mechatronic enclosures and housing. Then Justin shows how to complete assemblies, including integrating imported motors and printed circuit board (PCB) components. Plus, learn how to route cables and wires in your project and generate final output, such as drawing, STEP, and PDF files.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Mechatronics design in SOLIDWORKS
  • What you should know
1. Getting Started
  • Designing the base component
  • Extrusion and the Hole Wizard
  • Extrude with Draft
  • Coping features
  • Mirroring features
  • Mid Plane and mirroring
  • Using Circular Pattern
2. Tools for Plastics and Casting Design
  • Draft Analysis
  • Using Shell
  • Using Rib
  • Mounting bosses
3. Mechatronics Assembly
  • Staring the assembly
  • Importing and inserting motors
  • Fastening hardware using the toolbox
  • Wire routing
4. Final Outputs
  • Creating an explode view
  • Creating a drawing file
  • Creating bill of materials
  • PDF and STEP file exports
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Justin Flett

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