I am trying to draw a cable assembly with Solid works 2009. That requires a basket weave in it, too. Can anybody help me by showing how to draw a basketweave?
It'd be greatful if somebode can help me by guiding me on this issue.
I reread your original post and noticed you are using 2009 so you can't look at parts I post made with 2010. Do you have the latest version of eDrawings? The free version works fine for looking at parts and the Mac version is good too. I'll see about putting something together with screen shots for the SW parts and will assume that you have to have some version of Excel for the spreadsheet part.
I'll see if the SW part posts this time and also a screenshot of a version with six strand wire instead of single. The file is way to big to post 400+ MB. If your boss wants it that realistic he (or she) had better have budgeted a nice fast computer with plenty of RAM (it's using up to 4.5GB with nothing else going) for you. Once it's done the rebuild time is not that bad though, about 10sec.
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Can you elaborate on just what you need to do. How big? Flat or curved? How much detail? Etc. I've modeled woven things, just for fun, and can think of a few approaches, but I wouldn't recomend spending the time (your's and your computer's), except for fun.
Hi Eric what I am trying to draw is a strain releif basket weave for cable. I am attaching a photo of that for your convinience.
If you are using 2011 have a look at this video, it is by far the best method of doing what you want, in my opinion anyway!
Something like this? I've got a few (real strain reliefs) somewhere but not handy, so I made up the dimensions. The real part is like the model, just the one shape patterned around a few times. So, use a spreadsheet to calculate the XYZ points for one path, then pattern, copy, etc. The first version I made used one body (a helix that wiggles) that is mirrored and patterned. For this one I added the mirror to the point set. If you're really interested I can post a longer explanation, but really what do you need this for? Go with appearances like Scott and others suggest.
Thanks a lot for getting back with me, it looks exactly, what I need. I know, I've seen all other suggestions, and I like them, but what can I do to my boss he needs just that one. On the other hand I am new with solid works, and I really appreciate your help. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
I posted that from home and thought I had the SW part file attached too. Guess not.
Sounds like you're between a Boss and a hard place. I'm reminded of the "Rules of Good Drafting Practice" that one of my professors made us all swear never to break. The only exception allowed, was if your boss told you to.
Anyway, since it sounds like you need to model the thing, I'll post my model and a bit of an explaination of how I did it tonight when I'm back at the right computer. It should be enought to get you started on one with the right dimensions. Hope your boss isn't in a real big hurry for this.
...yes, they call me sometimes short Lou. Yes,...that would be great, take your time on that. My boss has to wait on that, it is just that he want that just the way it is (as you got it). Like I said I am new on this, just started using it and I've learned a lot, but still ways to go. I really appreciate your help.
Do you still need to know how to make the basket weave? Maybe you've figured something out by yourself by now.
Work keeps me get busy during the week, but I have been working on an explanation of how to do it, both the SolidWorks part and the Excel part. Hopefully with useful visuals too. It's not really that hard to do, but to explain it in a way that will make it easy for you (or anyone else) to adapt what I made to your actual requirements is taking me a little time. I find things like this easier to do than to explain. I also don't want to make assumptions about how much, or little, SW and Excel experience you (or anyone else) may have.
If you, or anyone else out there is interested, say something, I'm sure I can get something posted over the weekend (it's a long one here) but I'd like to know if you, or anyone else, still cares.
Thank you for getting back with me on this. I realized that you are busy and really didn't want to bother you anymore. As far as the weave goes I don't have any progress, as I said before, I just started with SW and don't have much experience. Just got the SW software, and no one else knows how to use it. I am a fast larner, I have learned quite a bit but still ways to go. As you said, whenever you will have a little time over the weekend or after, and will be able to put some together and send it over it will be great and highly appreciated.
Thank you again.
No problem. It's just that I've noticed that the half-life of some of these threads is pretty short. For instance, the boss realizes that he or she doesn't really need something that complicated after all and sends you off in another direction. I noticed that your last post had been removed and wondered if that was the case with you.
If you can tell us, I would be interested to know just why your boss needs this done in such detail.
I think you will find that any "tutorial" I can come up with will fall short of what I have seen on swtuts.com. But I'll give it a whirl, (or maybe helix in this case) and you can see what you think.
I was just noticing that this is the Assemblies forum, and here I've done it as a part, I hope no one is too disappointed.
He needs this in detail because we are building a web site, where the customers will build their own assemblies on line as a request of what they want to order. As I said before I didn't have this software for long, so parts like the weave (strain relief) I haven't learned how to do yet. So far I have drawn a lot of other parts (which are less complicated to draw for me). For the posts that they are removed, a couple of days ago I thought that you are very busy and were not going to be able to get back with me ( for which I don't blame you, this here is an extra work to explain to dummies like me), so I started deleting them. I did a couple of them then I changed my mind again, waited and then you showed up again which made me happy.
P.S.: At least I tried my best to explained all...............:)
It would be very interesting to see how you did this. Maybe you will consider posting the tutorial on www.swtuts.com?
Just checking with you, how the matters are going, I know that it takes quite a bit to put that together. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Sorry it's taking so long. It seems like everything every computer I touch wants me to stop and install "critical" updates for some program or other lately, but I am working on it. I have a question for you. How much Excel experience do you have? If you are familair with making spreadsheets I'll gloss over some of those details to start with.
.Ok, it sounds good. I do have some experience on excel spread sheets. Anything you can come up with surely will be helpful and appreciated. I just need to learn the concept, the pattern you follow to do it.
Thanks a lot.
Lou, (and anyone else who is still paying any attention)
This is a pretty basic look at how I went about this. It will probably raise more questions than it answers. But go ahead and see if it gets you started. I'll be happy to try and explain more.
Anyway see what you think, I'm looking forward to some feedback so I know what needs the most clarification.
Thank you very much for helping me out understanding this process. I tried, everything looks great. However, the last question I had, is in regards to finalizing it, if you could explain to me how did you do join the end of individual weaves together at the end of weave.
Look at sweeps with the option twist along path. That should get you close to what you want.
What you could do is draw a flat sheet with the width being the same as the circumference of your weave. Then do a fill pattern of cuts on the flat plate. Next do a wrap or flex feature to bend the sheet into a cylinder. I would highly recommend using appearances rather than this method, though.
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