Use the 3D-Cam dialog-box to enter parameters for the 3D-Cam. before you save the cam as a STEP file or export it directly to SolidWorks®.

Open the 3D-Cam dialog-box

3D-Cam dialog-box

3D-Cam dialog-box

STEP 1: Double-click the 3D-Cam in the graphic-area.

or See How to open an element's Dialog-Box

Recommended method for 'heavy' elements:

1.Click the 3D-Cam element in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree
2.Right-click the 3D-Cam element in the Selection-Window
3.Click 'Edit...' in the contextual-menu

The 3D-Cam dialog-box will open.


The 3D-Cam dialog-box: has three tabs:

1.Cam - the main design parameters
2.Display - colours, display as 'solid' or as a 'mesh', and more.
3.Export - if you want to export directly into SolidWorks - although we recommend you use the Save button to save the 3d-Cam as a STEP file.

3D-Cam Parameters

Cam tab:

Cam Mesh Density Parameters

See 3D-Cam dialog-box: Cam Mesh Density

Roller Clearances

See 3D-Cam dialog-box: Surface Clearances

Flank Length

See 3D-Cam dialog-box: Flank Length Control


Display tab:

See 3D-Cam dialog-box: Display


Rebuild and Save buttons

Rebuild and Save 3D-Cam-Data

See 3D-Cam dialog-box: Rebuild and Save buttons

tog_minusPreferred Method: Save the 3D-Cam as a STEP file

NOTE: We recommend from MechDesigner 13+ you follow these instructions, after you make change to the parameters in the 3D-Cam dialog-box

1.Click Rebuild button at the top of the 3D-Cam dialog-box].
2.Save the 3D-cam as a STEP file [with the Save button, at the top of the 3D-Cam dialog-box].
3.Open the STEP file in SolidWorks®

If necessary, in SolidWorks®

a.Agree to 'Import Diagnostics'.
b.If you cannot 'heal', then close 'Import Diagnostics' command
c.Right-Click the feature in the Feature Manager.
d.In the contextual-menu, click 'Dissolve Feature' and 'Yes, break the link'
e.Right-Click the feature in the Feature-Manager, again
f.In the contextual menu, click 'Import Diagnostics'
g.Click 'Attempt to Heal All' button, and then close the Import Diagnostics command.

4.Save the STEP file as a SLDPRT file.
5.Open a prepared Cam-Blank in SolidWorks®
6.Use the SolidWorks® menu ? use the Insert menu > Part... and select the SolidWorks® SLDPRT file of the 3D-Cam

The 3D-Cam should be in the correct location. You should be able to:

7.Click the 'Tick' in the SolidWorks® feature manager.
8.Use SolidWorks® menu > Insert menu > Feature > Combine, and subtract the 3D-Cam from the Cam-Blank.

You should now see the Cam-Track in the Cam-Blank.

tog_minus        3D-Cam data Transfer directly to SOLIDWORKS

Do you have the correct Type-Libraries installed?

Before you can successfully transfer Cam-Data to SOLIDWORKS®,directly from MechDesigner , you must have the Type-Libraries in its installation directory that match your installation of SOLIDWORKS®.

See Here: MD-Download SOLIDWORKS Type-Library

See 3D-Cam dialog-box: Cam Transfer

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