This tutorial consists of three parts each involving SolidWorks Mechanical Design.
A Mechanical clock which works mechanically in that if the hour or minute hand is moved, the other hand rotates in the correct proportions. Explanations are given for the modelling of all the parts and the assembly. It teaches the student of SolidWorks how to design gears based on the gear available in the Toolbox Browser, as well as how to save your own modified gear so that it is no longer a toolbox component. As well as the assembly you are also taken through how to do a Motion Study of the clock working and how to save the motion study as an AVI file.
The second part of the tutorial is the modelling, assembly and production of detailed orthographic views of a working Scissor Lift Table. The table is operated by a crank handle. The approach to modelling is such that all bent parts are modelled using the Sheet Metal tools. In this way the flat patterns can be generated for production purposes. The student is also guided through the process of generating DXF files (the table top is used as an example as it requires flattening) so that the part can be manufactured using CAD CAM. A customised A3 Drawing Template is also included with instructions for the teacher (if necessary) on how to set the template up on the SolidWorks New Document interface.
For each of the products clear and detailed instruction is given on the use of PhotoView 360 with specific emphasis on lighting and shadows.
The third part of the tutorial introduces students to the use of Blocks in the modelling of 2D Kinematic Mechanical Assemblies. The example used is that of a robotic claw. Explanation is also given on how to progress from this working kinematic assembly to making it a working three dimensional solid model assembly. This is a good introduction to Top Down Assembly, which is being used more and more to speed up the modelling process.
The total number of colour pdf pages in the tutorial is approximately 120 divided into separate tutorials.Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of SolidWorks before embarking on these tutorials.