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How to make an animation for a compression spring in Solidworks 2011?

By Abhijeet on 16 Jan 02:56 5 answers 6268 views 3 comments

How to make an animation for a compression spring in Solidworks 2011?

5 answers

  • Abhijeet
    Abhijeet almost 3 years ago

    Tutorial to make animation for a compression spring in solidworks.

    1. Step 1

      1. Model a spring and make the centre line always visible as shown in the figure.

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    2. Step 2

      2. Make the bottom part of the spring surface flat with the process shown below. Use “surface cut” tool for this purpose.

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    3. Step 3

      3. Repeat the same process for the top portion.

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    4. Step 4

      4. Make a part similar to the figure shown below or of a simple shock absorber.

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    5. Step 5

      5. Make the bottom part of the spring coincident to the part created in the above step as shown.

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    6. Step 6

      6. Right click on the sketch shown in blue colour and edit it. Before editing the part you must save your assembly file.

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    7. Step 7

      7. Make the line and the part co-incident as shown in the figure.

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    8. Step 8

      8. Click on “motion study” at the bottom of the solidworks window.

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    9. Step 9

      9. Place the model as shown in the figure and drag the bar in the timeline represented by orange color to a certain time as per your requirement.

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    10. Step 10

      10. Drag the part out as shown in the figure. The bars in the timeline will automatically get generated.

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    11. Step 11

      11. Now drag the orange colored bar to a greater length on the timeline.

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    12. Step 12

      12. Click on “calculate” button as shown.

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    13. Step 13

      13. Save the animation.

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  • Steen Winther
    Steen Winther over 2 years ago

    I think a very basic piece of information is missing from the steps above:
    The spring needs to be modelled as a revolved sweep, the animation won't work if you use a helix.

  • Teruteru
    Teruteru over 1 year ago

    Additionally to what Steen Winther said, there's another important detail that is not highlighted enough (although it is said in the tutorial) for this method to work: the coil sketch MUST be in EDIT mode before connecting the upper point of the coil axis ant the center of the upper plate.

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