Can you post a picture of your profile and end result you're looking for. I'm feeling that this might be something which can be done but can't be sure until I look at the profile and end result.
Thanks for replying, Deepak. I pasted a picture in my message, unfortunate it did not show.
How do I add a picture as pasting does not seem to work please?
Thanks for your help Kelef.
Above a picture of a winding, 3 pair of coils that need to be connected to the outer wires by means of trimming, extending and some 3D line connections. Once connected and filleted, I then can 'sweep' a circle of the wire diameter, creating the full winding.
As I am at home now, I quickly recreated the problem, took me actual 15 minutes to draw. Note, the brown coils are reverse wound.
I spend 4 hours trying to do this is SW this morning and finally gave up. Maybe my lack of understanding the SW interface (after 2.5 years of usage) but a simple drawing like this . . .
So again, if someone can show me the steps and buttons to press to do this is 15 minutes . . . or faster?
coil layout.igs.zip 7.8 KB
Hi Deepak. Thank for your response, unfortunate the link is not of real help. Circular patterns do not work in 3D sketches.
I tried this option by having all coils in solid, but then editing these to all connection became a tedious process.
I just need the CL's of the coils rotated around in 3D, connect all external CL's and do a sweep.
hei'ya Gerard, I'm away for ca.2 1/2 hrs next while,
but I'll knock something out then,
by the looks it should be 5-10 mins work
til then have a good'n kelef
hei'ya Gerard, see att.prt file
sorry no vid, but here's my effort,
select polygon>top plane
draw hexagon circa.>input internal dia. and dimmension
select one line and make relation horizontal
confirm>select extruded surface>mid plane>dimm.
confirm>select (LMB)the front of a surface/highlighted
select sketch>and sketch on surface>make block(Coil-ClockWise)
confirm>select (RMB)next surface
>sketch>make sketch block(Coil-CounterClockWise)
>repeat select surface>sketch>insert block(Coil-CW/CCW) as required
>RMB in tree surface extrude>hide
maybe this can be of use to you
hope this helps dude, have a good'n kelef
Coil layout-klf.SLDPRT.zip 275.6 KB
Thank for your efforts, but I can't open the file, we are running SW12 . . .
So I recreated the model from your description. Is this really the quickest way?
Creating a solid hex,
Creating a sketch 1 of the coil on hex outer plane1 (e.g. right side)
Creating a block 'Coil_CW' of the coil (Note: create with insertion point)
Creating a sketch on hex plane 2, insert block 'Coil_CW', rotate to get correct position
Creating a sketch on hex plane 3, insert block 'Coil_CW', rotate to get correct position
In this sketch, explode block - chain select - mirror the coil, create block 'Coil CCW'
Creating a sketch on hex plane 4, insert block 'Coil_CW', rotate to get correct position
Creating a sketch on hex plane 5, insert block 'Coil_CW', rotate to get correct position
Creating a sketch on hex plane 6, insert block 'Coil_CCW', rotate to get correct position
Creating a 3D sketch, convert entities, select all six 2D sketches.
So many keystrokes. This is a lot of creation and repetition of actions.
I was more looking for something like this (sorry, maybe influenced by 20 years of using KeyCreator).
In SolidWorks, I tried this:
Open 3D sketch, create a coil sketch at required distance from 0,0,0 (Z-asis is up)
Go top view, select the chain, copy-rotate around to get six coils around 0,0,0, or Z-axis
Mirror the two coils by selecting these, mirror, indicate mirror plane -- Done.
Can it be done this way? Maybe a nice challenge for anyone to see who can do this in a minimum number of keystrokes
hei'ya Gerard, try this- SW2012 just an ex.
you appear to have variance in the instances
if there are common points/elements then
they are good for patterning
hope this helps kelef
CoilSW12-klf.SLDPRT.zip 1.3 MB
Hello Kelef, thanks again for the drawing. I am well familiar with solids and circular patterns, but that is not what I need.
I need a 3D sketch of the wire centerlines, starting with the coils as above. That is only the start of my 3D sketch.
I then have to construct the wire centerlines that are on the outside at different levels and connect these to the coils. The finished 3D model will be the path used the sweep a wire showing one complete winding.
Then, when modifying certain features on the outside, the winding has to update itself without errors.
hei'ya Gerard, sorry if I am misunderstanding what you are looking for,
so here's another stab, iges import>convert ot 3d,
>sample sweep? maybe this works for you
hope so dude- have a good'n kelef
coil layout3d-klf.SLDPRT.zip 243.7 KB