Use a CAD Control FB to synchronize the positions of Parts in a SolidWorks® Assembly model with Parts in a MechDesigner model.
Question: Why do this when MechDesigner is perfect to model motions?
Answer: Because SolidWorks® has useful tools such as Collision Verification and Interference Detection.
The Clearance Detection tool in SolidWorks® evaluates the exact gap between Parts. We can use this tool to check that a 3D-Cam we export to SolidWorks has the same Radial Clearance as we enter in the 3D-Cam dialog-box.
Connect motion-values from any of the Function-Blocks to the inputs of the CAD Control FB.
When you have configured the CAD Control dialog-box, motion-values that control Parts in MechDesigner are piped to SolidWorks Distance or Angle mates that define the position of parts in an equivalent assembly in SolidWorks®.
STEP 1Add the CAD Control FB to the graphic-data
The CAD-Control FB is in the graphic-area.
STEP 2: Open the CAD-Control dialog-box:
The CAD-Control dialog-box is now open.
STEP 3: See CAD Control dialog-box
It is not automatic that the MechDesigner and SolidWorks® models work together. For example, angles in SolidWorks® cannot be negative, but they can be in MechDesigner. Thus, you may need to use Gearing FBs in MechDesigner to add a constant to the output values so that they have the same minimum and maximum values as those in SolidWorks®.