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

Tutorial by Abhijeet
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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.

  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.

  3. Step 3:

    3. Repeat the same process for the top portion.

  4. Step 4:

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

  5. Step 5:

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

  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.

  7. Step 7:

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

  8. Step 8:

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

  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.

  10. Step 10:

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

  11. Step 11:

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

  12. Step 12:

    12. Click on “calculate” button as shown.

  13. Step 13:

    13. Save the animation.

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