I have an assembly in which a lid rotates on a hinge. When I grab and drag the lid to rotate it, the entire lid, instead of rotating smoothly, jerks around and is very difficult to line up with other components. I appreciate any help on this topic.
Try using an angle limit mate (advanced mate) and set the limits as the limits of the hinge, e.g. 0 to 120 degrees between the lid and the closed position contact face.
Right click on the item you want to rotate. From the menu select "move with triad" you can then move or rotate along whatever axis you chose.
The only degree of freedom on the lid is the rotation of the hinge. Even when I select the axis from the triad, the subassembly doesn't follow the mouse. It just jumps violently.
It may be a problem being caused by the graphic card speed. Is it a SW-approved card/driver?
Our computers are purpose built for Solidworks.
Can you attach the assembly here so that others can test the behavior?
Do other assemblies work correctly on this machine?
My company has policies against sharing drawings. The problem only occurs on some assemblies.
I don't know if this is related but I've had an issue before that when rotating an assembly parts would kind of jerk around like there was an earthquake. If you select one of the default views, Front, Back, Left, Right, etc. the shaking will go away. I'm not certain this will be the same as your issue but it is worth a shot.
That is the issue that I'm having. I've had the same issue with Autodesk Inventor before and selecting the default views there worked fine. However, my Solidworks model isn't changing behavior based on the view angle.
Since this is an assembly, why not MATE the rotating parts to be concentric to each other or a common axis?
There is a hinge (flexible subassembly) which the lid is mated to. So the lid is fully constrained to the hinge and the hinge has an axis constraint.
Can you try putting a motor on it in motion to see if it is the video refresh speed or the resolution of your mouse?
Is it a complex model? If so can you simplify it any for this step? Or if you're just looking to align it try isolating the lid and the parts you want to align it to to make it easier on the video card to keep up.
This helped. Thanks Richard!
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