Does anyone know if there is a way to import a bearing as an assembly and not as a part? The bearings from toolbox open as part files. I also tried downloading a bearing from skf and seams to be a part file too.
No, they are what they are being parts. You can import one and transform it into an assembly.
You mean making each ball, the cage and everything,no? I was searching for an easier and faster way to make a bearing but it seams there isn't. Thank you!
Why you need them as assembly. If you looking for a realistic motion, then you need to model them as separate parts and mate them in assembly. If you're bearing are multi body part, you can convert them directly to assembly.
I need a realistic motion as you said. I downloaded a rod end and by watching the part file I made a ball and the rest of the rod end I saved it as a different part file. Then I made an assembly and it worked. But in bigger and more complex bearings it would be difficult and it would take a lot of time building it, no? The bearings of the toolbox aren't multibody parts. Is there a way to make a bearing, let's say one of these of the toolbox as multibody part file? And when having a multidody part how can I transform it into assembly?
Check this Assembly from Part – No mates required
But please note that they will be fixed in the assembly. So you need to set them to float (right on the part in assembly and select float to make them free). Now add the mates as required.
But again why you need a realistic movement? Why can't you use a bearing as part? The idea is this will make the assembly file heavier and complex?
Because I want to make a mechanism and see the forces that are applied to it. Then make a simulation study to see if the mechanism and the rod ends can afford the forces. Can I see that if the rod end is only one part file?
Sorry I'm not FEA geek but as far as I know you can't. I believe you need to model the parts and assembly perfectly.
I think the same too... Thanks for the advices though
I just downloaded one rod end from McMaster-Carr. And it has two body parts.Thanks! Skf had the rod end as one body part. Thanks a lot...
Sorry. The only other suggestion I can offer is to go to bearing manufacturers
websites and see if they have downloadable models. McMaster-Carr is a site
that has this option. I know there are others as well. Try 3D central also.
Toolbox ball bearings can be made into assemblies but it is not a rewarding exercise because the bearings are not preloaded so there is no contact and the balls do not move when one race is rotated.
It is however a useful exercise in multi body parts but that topic is SolidWorks 201.
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