Hello, what is the best method to mate a dynamic energy chain? So the chain moves with the carriage.
If you meant cable drag chain by dynamic energy chain,
you need to first create an assembly for drag chain which is flexible (advance mates like distance and angle do not work in higher assemblies, so you have to do it using standard mates)
Then you can insert chain into desired assembly, solve it as flexible and mate chain's ends and then it'll drag with carriage.
Anyways, I prefer drag chain as part and add it's significant positions as configurations, so that I can select required config to show correct position of drag chain.
Using SW2015 Chain mate you can achieve the results: SolidWorks Tutorial: Dynamic Energy Chain
For older versions, try the trick in these videos:
Animated Chain in SolidWorks
Rope Animation in SolidWorks
The rope animation is brilliant! I couldn't ever believe Solidworks could do that.
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