I recently have been using tacepartsonline.net and Grabcad.com to find products to put into my assemblies (ports, connectors ect.)
Anyone have a good website?
Plus most large companies have 3d drawings available for their products
also this site:
Free 2D & 3D CAD files, models and drawings of mechanical, electrical & mechatronics part catalogs. TraceParts
ahh i forgot to list Mcmaster, to be more specific i am looking for a cad model of a 90 degree Ethernet cable.
You might try these guys.....not sure though...
John Stoltzfus is correct. Just remember to delete or suppress un-needed features in these models. If you grab a bolt and nut from mcmaster and add it into an assembly 1000 times, you may have performance issues.
Another thing to think about is that these parts often come with the part name and number in the custom properties. Use this to your advantage by creating some of your own custom properties and set them equal to these properties or copy and paste this info into your custom properties. Then you can use that information in your BOMs (either in your assemblies, which is great functionality I recently was shown) or in the drawing.
Matt is so right! I always suppress the threads in all the screws and nuts from McMaster.
Some of the site to look for models are:
I model all my stuff I need - fillets first
Many manufacturers also have files available on their websites too. In most cases they are STEP files or similar. I would suggest you do what I learned at a former contract position and create a Datasheets folder, of course you can call it what you like. Within that folder (and subfolders) we had stored the models and any related datasheets for those parts. The attached image shows just a segment of my datasheets folder.
Here's a few
Every good model starts with fillets!
I think this should be added to the FAQ's. Well, at least the updated list in any case.
Where's Glenn Schroeder
Bernie has a great idea. We do this by project because we have few but large projects. If you have many projects having all this info in one spot will save you a lot of time and effort.
One other benefit is that companies seem to being bought up and sometimes sold at a greater frequency than years ago. Once they are bought up the websites sometimes get changed and you may not be able to find the model or information for a period of time. So, having a local copy is very helpful. During one of our projects a gearbox I spec'd changed from David Brown to Textron, and we finally ended up with a Rexnord box.
Matt Peneguy wrote: During one of our projects a gearbox I spec'd changed from David Brown to Textron, and we finally ended up with a Rexnord box.
Matt Peneguy wrote:
During one of our projects a gearbox I spec'd changed from David Brown to Textron, and we finally ended up with a Rexnord box.
Assemblies can breakdown really quick if the Design Intent doesn't allow for changes like you mentioned...
I do something very similar.
Here are all the places that I use on a regular basis that have 3D CAD:
EDIT: I should say that since I have MSC on that list, MSC does NOT have CAD data, but we do order from them a lot.
One thing I have started doing is to download the PDF datasheet for the part or sub-assembly and right-click, attach it to the Design Binder in the Feature Manager Tree.
That way, when you open up the pneumatic cylinder, proximity switch, or whatever it is next time you want to use it in an assembly, the datasheet is there at your fingertips, without searching.
John, We do store the models as well as the pdf's or other data files for the products. The location of this folder is shared on the network and is accessible to all, purchasing, engineering both mechanical and electrical as well as the PCB designers. A project file is added for each 'run' and all related documentation is there such as PO's, vendor shipping updates, delivery receipts, etc. Everything that would keep everyone updated and current. This also eliminated the need for many emails to purchasing such as, 'when will the parts be here?'.
Bernie Daraz, just curious, what is that referencing? (see below):
seinfeld ! lmao
Of course injecting humor into the day is is a well known intent of mine. I knew it was possible that someone would take something well intended and twist it around to show something not suggested. Though I cannot take the fault of a company's choice of trade name. LOL!
This PDF datasheet was is that folder I showed earlier.
I did electronic packaging (precision sheet metal) and used CircuitWorks extensively to verify component through holes in chassis. It was easier for me to move a hole than it was for the PCB designer to change a layout. I sent the PCB design the DXF for the board, he used that to design the PCB, then he sent me the IDF file to verify. On some occasions I did modify the enclosures to match 'slight' differences as a result. We never had a fit issue later on.
By the way the block for the hole pattern was also stored in this folder. Overlaid over the hole pattern was the skeleton including 3D for the connector. I could then confirm the external protrusion and verify clearances.
Thanks for the chuckle in any case Dan!
John Wayman great point! We do this with pdfs and it would be nice if Design Binder supported Mathcad files as stated in SPR 949383. I consider it a bug that SolidWorks allows me to drop a Mathcad file into the design binder and then I can't open it or export it out... I can see my nice mathcad file in there, but can't get it back out... ONE and TWO
They need the Design Binder to only allow you to drop in supported files. If that happens to only be word, excel and pdfs for the time being, then maybe that is all that should be allowed to be dropped in.
Matt, I have a link in the Design Binder to my Datasheets folder. Links work! I think it's "add a folder or location".
Yes I do the same and I also changed the design binder word document to collect all the component detail in case I need to print it
Plus our part template has a few other documents as well
Thanks for explaining Bernie. I thought about messaging that to you instead of dragging it out into the public like that....but I figured if I didn't mention it, someone else would.....and possibly with less tact.
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