1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 18, 2017 12:45 PM by John Smith

    About forces and materials

    Ofek Levi

      Hey, Im making a curtain with blinds/shutter (Im not sure whats the exact word) that can move by gears (its more about the curtain, the window is just a frame for the design).


      Anyway, for my project I need to analyze and animate it, for analyzing, how do I know what Im supposed to analyze? I want it to relate both to forces and temparture, how do I know how much force (in Newtons) am I supposed to analyze it with?


      Now another question, as for the pick of materials, the whole project is surrounded by the temparture,  so I want materials for the blinds/shutter that is fitting for isolating heat or that is resistant to heat... Im not sure what would be the exact word (English isnt my native), as well as colors (dont know if colors have any effect other than design in SolidWorks, but whether they do or dont it would be good for the presentation later on).


      Thanks in advance.

        • Re: About forces and materials
          John Smith

          !Hello there


          I will gladly answer your questions.


          Regarding the analyze, you would like to use the force that is needed in order to show that your project serves it's purposes. For example, since you're talking about a curtain then it will not require a lot of weight hence you could analyze it with low force which will be enough for your project.


          For the materials, since curtains are supposed to be light you will want the whole system to be lightweight and yet durable (as well as you can also use a material that is against corrosion).

          An aluminum alloy material would be a good idea for the project, its sturdy and durable and it is rather lightweight while its also cheap which is something to consider when making a product that is used in every house and office nowadays. You want it to be good, but you do not want the quality to cost too much or else it will not serve it's purpose.


          Colors in SolidWorks don't matter, you can use any color or multiple colors to demonstrate a real look of a curtain in the appearances edit, easy to do, does not affect it and adds a pleasant look to the eyes.


          Good luck!