Using SOLIDWORKS Sensors
March 27, 2015 • Brandon A.
Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has given us intuitive tools that allow for fast, easy design of parts and assemblies. When an assembly design is near completion, many users rely on the ability to check for interferences, or take measurements to verify that the assembly has been designed correctly. Tools like Interference Detection and Clearance Verification make it easy to find any problem areas in the assembly where parts may interfere, or are too close together. These tools help designers identify which parts may need to be changed in order to correctly assemble all parts.
To help designers find information quickly, SOLIDWORKS allows us to use Sensors to track data. This can include Dimensions, Interference results, Simulation results, or even Costing Data. When changes are made to the model, SOLIDWORKS Sensors are constantly tracking the data specified by the designer so that it is readily available.
Using the Evaluate tools, you can quickly set up a sensor to track the information you need. In the case of my assembly, SOLIDWORKS will alert me if any interference occurs in the model after every rebuild. As soon as there is a problem, I can quickly investigate by double clicking the sensor that triggers the warning. This allows me to go straight into interference detection. I can then modify any parts necessary to make sure the assembly design is ready for production.
With a variety of data to track with sensors, problems with a design can be identified and changed quickly. Whether you are concerned about interference, maximum stress in your material, or clearance between parts, SOLIDWORKS Sensors make it easy to see the information you need.
Wishing you the best in your design efforts,
Elite Application Engineer, CSWE