Is it possible to get the internal volume of an assembly of components? For example, a piping system with various components on it. Can we get the volume of the liquid inside the system? SW2015.
The intersect command is very good for this type of requirement but it only works for parts not assemblies. Try saving the assy of parts as a single part. Then completely cover it with a multibody solid which will not be merged with the part. Use the intersect command to choose the internal bodies making up the liquid. Then measure them for volume.
Yes, quite easy. I would not save the assembly as a part, because the parametric link would be lost.
Watch this video for an extreme demosntration: The Wonders of the Intersect Tool - YouTube
Also, read this thread:
Finding the volume of a part
thank you all. I watched briefly parts of the videos. I still need to watch them more to try to understand, but is there a quick explanation how to get the inner volume of the attached part for example?
Will provide you with a video tonight.
Thanks a lot, Alin.
I have attached 2 models in 2016 format.
Also, watch the video using this link: Determining the internal volume of a bent tube or pipe using SOLIDWORKS - YouTube
Thank you, Alin. The video was very helpful. I was not able to open the parts as I have SW2015. I might get back with the same question for an assembly.
Insert a part into your assembly. Create a base extrusion that spans the size of your assembly. Edit this part in context and insert a Cavity feature. Select all components that you want to subtract. Remove excess outside material of original base extrude if necessary (depends on assembly layout).
Now you have the internal volume. See sample image
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