Add a new Coordinate System to the document in SOLIDWORKS (Refer to the images above):
The new Plane becomes coplanar with the and in MechDesigner.
Frequently, I offset the new Plane to be 'in front' of the Solid body in SOLIDWORKS
Then, the Solid will display 'behind' the Mechanism Plane in MechDesigner. The kinematic elements will show and they will be easy to edit.
Draw two construction lines on the new Plane. It is easy to edit the sketch later, if necessary.
Thus, add constraints/relations to make the lines:
Make one Line align with the +X–axis of the Coordinate System (this will be along the CAD-Line) and the other Line along the +Y-axis
Make the Lines intersect at the position you want to become coincident with start-Point and origin of the CAD-Line
In the SOLIDWORKS Add Coordinate System dialog selection-boxes:
|•||Origin: Select the intersection of the new construction lines.|
|•||X–axis and Y–axis: Select the construction lines as the +X–axis and +Y–axis. |
SOLIDWORKS will add the +Z–axis with the Right-Hand-Rule.
To show the Solid you will import from SOLIDWORKS
[Click the CAD-Line onto which you want to import the SOLIDWORKS® Part. In the Selection-Window, right-click the CAD-Line, in the contextual-menu click 'Edit element']
In the CAD-Line dialog-box:
|1.||Click the SOLIDWORKS tab |
|2.||Click the 'Model Import from SOLIDWORKS' separator|
Wait until the SOLIDWORKS Part, Configuration and Coordinate System show in the boxes below.
For a large model, this may take many seconds.
|4.||Click the Import Model from SOLIDWORKS button (at the bottom of this separator)|
Wait until the Import Model from SOLIDWORKS button 'releases' and its action is complete.
You may need to click 'Import Model from SOLIDWORKS' two times.
|5.||Click the Display Options separator |
If the number in the Number-of-Vertices box is zero, or a number is not in the box
|6.||Click the 'Import Model from SOLIDWORKS' button again, and wait until the button releases. |
When the Number-of-Vertices is not zero...
|7.||Click the Colour button to edit the colour of the SOLIDWORKS solid in the graphic-area.|