Use the 3D-Cam dialog-box to enter parameters for the 3D-Cam. Save/export the Cam as a STEP file. Open the STEP file in SolidWorks®, or your other 3D-CAD.
Edit the 3D-Cam:
The 3D-Cam dialog-box is now open.
The 3D-Cam dialog-box has three tabs:
CAM- the main design parameters
DISPLAY - colors, display as 'solid' or as a 'mesh', and more.
EXPORT - if you want to export directly into SolidWorks.
To export the 3D-Cam, we recommend you use the Save button to save the 3D-Cam as a STEP file - see below.
Cam Mesh Density Parameters
See Cam Mesh Density
See Roller Clearances
See Flank Length Control
See Display tab
See Export tab
REBUILD and SAVE buttons
See Rebuild and Save buttons
From MechDesigner MD14+ we recommend you follow these instructions.
In MechDesigner 3D-Cam dialog-box:
1.Click Rebuild button at the top
2.Click Save button at the top
In the Windows Save as dialog, make sure the file-type is *.STP, and save the cam as, e.g. Cam.STP
3.Open the Cam.STEP file in SolidWorks®
4.Agree to do: Import Diagnostics.
5.Close Import Diagnostics command
Depending on your SolidWorks® user settings, you may also need to:
a.Right-Click the feature in the Feature Manager.
In the contextual-menu:
b.Right-Click the feature in the Feature Manager.
In the contextual-menu:
c.Click Dissolve Feature and Yes, break the link
d.Right-Click the feature in the Feature-Manager, again
e.In the contextual menu, click Import Diagnostics
In the Import Diagnostics dialog in the Feature Manager:
f.Click the Attempt to Heal All button, and then close the Import Diagnostics command.
6.Save Cam.STEP as a SolidWorks® file type e.g. Cam.SLDPRT.
Now, we will cut Cam.SLDPRT from a prepared SolidWorks® part file, e.g. Cam-Blank.SLDPRT, to leave the Cam-Track (or a Cam-Flank) cut into Cam-Blank
7.Open the prepared SolidWorks® part Cam-Blank.SLDPRT.
Do, with Cam-Blank.SLDPRT the active document
8. Insert menu > Part... ; select the SolidWorks® CAM.SLDPRT file
9.Click the 'Tick' in the SolidWorks® feature manager.
Cam.SLDPRT becomes a feature and a Solid Body Cam<imported>
10.Insert menu > Feature > Combine.
11.Select Subtract as the Operation Type and, in the Bodies to Combine box, select Cam-Blank as the Main-Body and Cam<imported> as the body to subtract.
You should now see the Cam-Track in the Cam-Blank.
It is possible that the Solid Body Cam<imported> is not in the correct place relative to Cam-Blank. Most typically, Cam<imported> and Cam-Blank.SLDPRT are defined on different Planes.
In this case, you can redefine the sketch-planes of Cam.Blank (easiest method). or move Cam<imported>.
To move Cam<imported>, do:
12.Insert menu > Feature > Move/Copy... and select Cam.SLDPRT as the body to move.
This method is here for completeness. We suggest you use the STEP model method- described above.
When you use this method, we export all of the XYZ coordinates to SOLIDWORKS® as Curve features. We instruct SOLIDWORKS® to create the surface features , and to cut the surfaces from Cam-Blank to leave the 3D-Cam.
However, this method creates a very heavy model in SOLIDWORKS®.
Do you have the correct Type-Libraries installed?
To transfer the Cam-Data to SOLIDWORKS® directly from MechDesigner, you must have the correct Type-Libraries in your installation directory that match your installation of SOLIDWORKS®.
Look in Help menu > About > Type-Libraries tab. The SOLIDWORKS® version and the Type-Libraries should be the same.
If they are not the same, then save your model and restart MD.
Look in the Help > About > Type-Libraries again.
Email PSMotion if the years do not agree.