A large structure can be challenging to build, but it can be done. In this course, you'll learn to use Reference Line-Sketch Block method and Solid Body part modeling techniques to bolt together a power line tower. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.
Creating large structures from the part level up to an assembly can be a challenge. If the structure has uncommon angles or needs to change size or shape, then every part needs to be individually changed, too, which may be time-consuming and error-prone. In this course, SOLIDWORKS: Weldments in Assemblies, you will learn how to apply SolidWorks Weldments in a multibody part file referencing various forms of sketch reference geometry in the modeling of a power line tower leg. First, you'll learn how to import a design sketch. After that, you'll learn how to apply new weldment profiles and how to modify your existing model. Finally, you'll wrap up the course learning about inserting weldments and how you cut lists into a drawing. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills required to make to quickly and efficiently use design sketches to drive the geometry of your models. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.
Course Overview Hello, everyone, my is Chris Scarlett, and welcome to my course Simple Weldments for a Complex Structure. I'm a freelance designer, educator, and budding product developer at my own design firm Enterprise Design and Innovations. Designing a complex structure with various structural members and connection plates, perhaps at non-common angles, that need to be coordinated with each other can be a real challenge. This course simplifies things by taking the assembly into the part level with solid bodies created using what I call reference line sketch blocks for the weldments structural members, resulting in a model that comes together fast, accurate, and is easy to modify. So, this course demonstrates a method that I have developed that simplifies a complex structure by using a combination of various Solidworks tools including the weldment structural member feature, reference sketch geometry and sketch blocks for the weldment path segments, plus various tips and tricks along the way. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the creation of reference geometry that modify the overall model shape and size, a review of Solidworks weldment structural members, development of reference line sketch blocks for weldment path segments and structural member alignment, and as we move through this course we will use the reference line sketch block method in increasingly complex applications in our example design of a power line tower leg structure. By the end of this course, and even after the first half hour, you will begin to become familiar with how to use these and related Solidworks tools to create a model that is fast to design, accurate in the creation of solid bodies that are coordinated with their neighbors, including hole locations, and is easy to modify, and without errors. Before beginning the course you should be familiar with basic Solidworks tools along with experienced with detailed sketch geometry in the creation of moderately complex parts and assemblies. I hope you will join me in this journey to learn how to create and apply reference line sketch blocks along with other Solidworks tools to design a power line tower structure using simple weldments for a complex structure at Pluralsight.