SolidWorks: Motion study simulation

Solidworks motion study simulation is a robust tool inside Solidworks that allows the designer to simulate motion between parts. This allows the designer animate and see how two parts interact.
For this demonstration I will animate a bevel gear system and show you how this system actually works. We will use the bevel gear sets present within Solidworks Design library.SolidWorks motion simulation


















To begin we first have to enable Solidworks motion add-in present inside Solidworks.

Next we create a new assembly and open up the Solidworks toolbox. Under the gears folder we find different sets of gears. For our animation we require the Straight Bevel gear and the straight bevel pinion (which will be the driver in our case).

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Before we start the assembly we need to define the plane we want to work on. I went with the top plane but any plane can work.

Then drag the pinion gear to this plane.
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The pop up window on the left allows the designer to specify the gear specs.

I went with a diametral pitch of 5, Number of teeth 12 and gears number of teeth 49. Clicking the green marker at the top allows you to insert the gear onto the assembly.

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Next we need to insert the Straight Bevel gear.

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Next we need to constrain the gears on the front plane.
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Constrain the bevel gear with the axis (origins) so that they are concentric.

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Next we need to add a mechanical mate to the gears to allow for relative motion.
Here we need to select the hub axis to constrain and specify the gear ratio of the two gears. After doing this we can now proceed to Solidworks motion study.


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Under Solidworks motion study we need to define the prime mover(pinion) and specify direction of motion. You can then specify the animation time and run the motion study.

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You are now good to run the Simulation motion study.

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