2 Replies Latest reply on May 30, 2015 11:43 AM by Dirtbag 1

    Mass Discrepancy

    Dirtbag 1

      I had a quiz in my Engineering 3 class this morning, and we were given a relatively simple part to create.  I created the part, but when checked, the mass was off by approximately 0.29 grams.  I had my instructor created the part correctly on my computer for me to compare mine with.  Mine is on the left, and his is on the right. 


      I rolled back to before the extruded cut, and both parts were exactly 3891.9325 grams.

      After the extruded cut was made (through all, both directions), the left part is 3845.7601 grams and the right part is 3845.7205 grams.  (This slight error is compounded by the circular pattern.)

      Both sketches are identical.  In fact, I copied the right sketch into the sketch in the left window and found no change in the mass calculation.


      While this is an extremely small difference, there must be a reason for it.  Both parts have identical geometric relations and dimensions, that I can tell.  My only guess is that SolidWorks is calculating the mass of the parts differently based on how the original sketches were drawn. 


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      Any help/insight is greatly appreciated!


      Kyle Carson

        • Re: Mass Discrepancy
          Shaodun Lin

          Hi :


          Looks interesting... Before Extrude cut, the mass is the same.


          After extrude cutAfter Circular patternAfter fillet
          Instructor Part3845.74307 grams 3199.09171 grams3198.62147 grams
          Your Part3845.74304 grams3199.09154 grams3198.62131 grams
          Difference0.00003 grams0.00017 grams0.00016 gram


          BTW, you can set Mass property option to higher accuracy when calculate.



          Best Regards


          Shaodun Lin

          Technical Account Manager - APAC