SolidWorks Tribot Assembly steps to make LEGO MINDSTORM (R) Robot

 I wanted to see if I could follow the steps in the LEGO MINDSTORMS(R) Users Guide and create a robot in SolidWorks. I first realized that I needed alot of components. So I went to and CMU Robotic Institute 3dContentCentral provided models in native SolidWorks format. CMU provided models in SolidWorks format but with imported geometry. These are smaller in file size. However, you can only use Smart Mates with native SolidWorks geometry. SmartMates require you to hold the Alt key down and drag edges or faces from one component to another. So with two cylindrical edges – you can get a Coincident and Concentric Mate in one motion – really saves alot of time.
Also try the Ctrl key from the FeatureManager to drag in components with a quick Copy. This movie shows you how to set up your design library with a complete set of Legos.  Marie

Models: SolidWorks Tribot Final

Video: SolidWorks Tribot

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard