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  • 1. Macro feature and cosmetic thread
    Hello VBA geniuses... I'm working on a macro feature that creates a body in a part document. I will eventually need to apply a cometic thread to this body. What is the best way to approach this? I'll need to drive the dimensions of the cosmetic thread somehow from the macro feature. I can add geometry to the macro feature's body, then use equations attached to driven dimensions to drive the thread dimensions. That leaves the cometic thread one rebuild behind. That's not acceptable. I see that the macro feature can have display dimensions, but I don't see any documentation on how to use those. If I knew how to do that, I could connect the thread to those with an equation, and the thread should stay current (I think). Also, how can I make sure that the cosmetic thread stays attached to the correct edge on the macro feature's body? The body generated by the macro feature may change shape, and I'm afraid the cosmetic thread might become attached to the wrong end of the body or go dangling. If I can't guarantee an edge for the cosmetic thread to attach to, I suppose I could create another macro feature body which would never change shape. Therefore, the edge should never change, and the cosmetic thread should stay put (I think). Thanks in advance for any advice or redirection.
  • 2. "Save as" error using ACIS option
    Anyone knows a reason? I've the SP2.1 installed, and all the other "save as" options works and translates right. Thx, Zadig
  • 3. part time SW
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  • 4. OT: Methods of input
    Hi I've been working with a variety of different packages this last while doing some 3D visualisation etc. They all seem to have a different way of working in 3D - Solidworks seems to be the most intuitive by far - most of the time the tools you are going to need are to hand and objects are easily manoeuvrable, rather than buried in menus.What are other peoples thoughts on ease of use of solidworks relative to other programmes? My list is currently (favourite to PIA!): Solidworks: Intuitive, no brainer to get your head around. AutoCAD: I guess familiarity! Rhino Maya: Waaaay complicated! I guess this is what MCAD programmes started off as? Millions of different drop downs and F button menu clusters. A fantastic prog but hell to get your head around! Also - is there a ISO standard for which way things should zoom - It confuses my simple little brain when sapping from Solidworks to AutoCAD or Rhino! Cheers Deri
  • 5. Turning an Assembly into a part
    Is it possible to create a drived part from an assembly? When creating the gearbox case which is fabricated I create the weldment as one configuration then I do all the machining operations in a new config. I'm thinking that by keeping this as an assembly it will slow SW down when incerted as a sub-assembly. Thats why I want to create a part from the weldment assembly but I want the part to update if changes are made to the weldment.

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
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Milwaukee, WI 53209

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