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  • 1. Using the simulation....
    I started playing around with it the other day, you know something simple...ball dropping and rolling down a hill. Worked fine. Now when i changed the hill from just a stright line to one with say little bumps for the ball to roll over....well lets just say that it was a no go. Does SW not use inertia in its calculations for simulation? If not, is that something for CosmosMotion or some other add-in? And if I need to show a spring compress and expand because of weight, is that an add-in as well? T.I.A.
  • 2. FEA - Cosmos or Not
    Sorry, I know this one has been done to death but I have read the previous postings and can't find the answers I need. I have a project to evaluate FEA software for use in determining the long term performance of plastic products. Products contain complex surfaces; a typical example would be a highly styled fuel tank. The loads would be uniform forces and pressures at slightly elevated general temperature with some localised non-steady state temperatures. The material is known for its poor creep performance (and we don't have an alternative we can use in our manufacturing process) so I cannot make a linear behaviour assumption and yield results that mean anything. The obvious choice for a SolidWorks user would be CosmosWorks or DesignStar because of the integration with Solidworks models and assemblies, and the ease of use because of the familiar interface, but I doubt either is capable of the analysis we require. Does anyone have experience of this type of problem and if so what software do they use, does it yield really useable results, and is it fairly easy to get to grips with? The other issue is cost, would I be able to get results from something in the $10,000 - 15,000 range or do I need to spend $50,000 +. If the latter then we would outsource but who to? Too many questions!
  • 3. 3-d Net Meeting
    I am very impressed with the possibility of reviewing part designs real-time over the internet. Are people successfully using this feature or are they having problem with larger company firewalls like I am. Or am I simply missing something here? I usually get an error stating something like company network does not allow net meeting. Would appreciate some comments on others people experiences as well as success with larger company networks.

40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby western1812 » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 01:33:32 GMT


Has most Solidworks models for direct download.

Very detailed and great for running COSMOS prior to construction.


Re: 40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby Mr. Me » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 10:18:36 GMT

I clicked on at least 20 assorted items and no models.  Do you have a 
specific example?

Re: 40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby Keith Streich » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 22:01:37 GMT

We had the McMaster boys in on 4-13-05 and they were asking about
suggestions, changes and how we used their website.  The first thing which
popped into my mind was to make their 3D models more accessible.

Instead of searching and searching down through all their items, then
entering given specifications, then showing if there was an available
models, just get me to the parts.  If something is exactly as I require,
great, they are number one on the vendor list.  If not, let me modify an
available model/solid for my requirements and I'll search for vendors later,
but I'll get my work done.

They could be a great source for part data and part dimensional

Give me your thoughts, I'm sure they are still open for suggestions and I'm
positive they don't watch this group.

I just thought it would be nice to see what everyone else thought.

Keith Streich
Pflow Industries, Inc
6720 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209

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