SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer: Chain Assembly Tutorial

Chain Assembly: This assembly has just three unique parts but it does provide a practical example of a chain component pattern. This chain component pattern functionality was introduced in SOLIDWORKS last year. There are three assembly configurations showing different catenary curves dependent on pulley location. The catenary curve is created using a lofted surface from one of the parts to create the “U” shape.  Pulleys can be moved to see the chain update accordingly.

There is an example of an intersection curve and a fit spline. Other features included in the parts include: sweep, revolve, planar surface, offset surface, and a surface loft. There are also examples of equation driven curves to create the surface loft sections. Download this assembly file to learn more about equation driven curves and also how to create a chain component pattern in an assembly.

Download: Chain Assembly
Complexity: Moderate
Features: Intersection Curve, Fit Spline, Planar Surface, Equation Driven Curve

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DraftSight Download: In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes’ 2D CAD product, the 2D drawing(.dwg) file of the Chain Assembly tutorial is now available for download here.

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