Is it possible to make a working 3-D puzzle in Solid works?. Example a round or square wooden puzzle which will only come apart if disassembled correctly.
solidworks puzzles - YouTube
Paul, you are a funny guy
Hi Gary ,
Anything is possible!
It is possible just very difficult and you would have to be very meticulous about how you go about modeling all of your parts and sketches, and then remember how to put it together!
Yes, and its difficult sometimes to figure out ahead of time what allowances should be made for fit. It depends on the material, machining tolerances and many other factors.
I think the best thing to do is expect to make a change after the initial prototype. Ideally, you need to need to build in a tolerance value that you could easily change later if you find out its too tight or too loose
I've made a simple puzzle. A 2" cube with a 1" hole through the top and a .5 hole in the side. I have a 1" diameter rod 3" long with a .5 hole through the side of it. Then I have a .5 diameter rod 3" long. The 1 " rod will slide through the cube freely but I would like to make it so if the .5 rod is engage with both the cube and the 1" rod, you can't take the 1" rod out and the only constraint is whether or not the .5 rod is in both the cube and the 1" rod. I'm looking for a mating pattern that will allow me to do just that.
Hey Gary.. sorry to be a kidder,.. there are many online puzzles and the video search above is a general one.. but I did find another..
Making Burr Puzzles from 3D Models (SIGGRAPH 2011) - YouTube
Maybe I'm saying this wrong. What I'm trying to make is a working puzzle in the Solid works 3-D assembly environment. This way I can send it to someone who has Solid works and they have to solve it with out breaking it down to base drawing aspects and just removing the mating constraints or deleting parts. I haven't seen an on line puzzle that has a hand on so to speak, solving. They show me how to make them move to show me how to solve them, but not how to build a 3-D working puzzle.
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