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®.
Recommended method for 'heavy' 3D-Cams:
The 3D-Cam dialog-box will open.
The 3D-Cam dialog-box: has three tabs:
Cam Mesh Density Parameters
Rebuild and Save buttons
Rebuild and Save 3D-Cam-Data
From MechDesigner MD14+ we recommend you follow these instructions.
In MechDesigner 3D-Cam dialog-box:
In the Windows Save dialog, make sure the file-type is *.STP, and save the cam as, e.g. 'Cam.STEP'
Depending on your SolidWorks® user settings, you may also need to:
In the contextual-menu:
In the Import Diagnostics dialog in the Feature Manager:
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
Do, with Cam-Blank.SLDPRT the active document
Cam.SLDPRT becomes a feature and a Solid Body Cam<imported>
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 or move Cam<imported>.
To move Cam<imported>, do:
This method is here for completeness. We wd suggest you use the STEP model method- described above.
When you use this method, we exports all of the XYZ coordinates to SOLIDWORKS® to add a number of Curve features. We also instruct SOLIDWORKS® to create the surface features , and to cut the surface features from Cam-Blank to leave the Cam.
However, this method creates a very heavy model in 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®.
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 you model and restart MD.
Look in the Help > About > Type-Libraries again.
Email PSMotion if there is a problem.