Use SENSORS to evaluate your model, SolidWorks

Sometimes you need to keep an eye out for changes to your model as you develop it. If you have a part that is weight sensitive, you can add a SENSOR to determine if you approach or pass a certain threshold.

First, start working on your model. We have a simple bracket below, with a material specified as 6061-T6 aluminum.

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Next, we add a SENSOR alert. Right-click the ADD SENSOR icon, or select in the main menu EVALUATE/SENSOR.

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Since we want to keep an eye on the overall part weight, we select Sensor Type>Mass Properties and Properties>Mass. Pick the part on the main display. It will appear in the collector box in blue.

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Now add the condition that will trigger the sensor, this is the ALERT. We selected a mass greater than 0.095 lbs.

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Now back in the model, we select to modify the base from 0.125″ to 0.250″ thick and Rebuilt.

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After a Rebuild, we get a SENSOR warning that we exceeded the target of 0.095lbs. At this point, we need to modify the model to be under the 0.095lb limit.

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The SENSOR feature not only allows you to investigate the part mass, but also SIMULATION DATA, DIMENSIONS, MEASUREMENTS, COSTING, and MASS PROPERTIES.

 

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