I have a new SolidWorks challenge for you.
- Create a spherical part. Save and exit the model
- Create a new part containing an extrusion of a sketch made of tangent entities (arcs and lines). Save and exit the model.
- Introduce both parts into an assembly
- Mate the sphere in such a way that will be tangent to the faces of the extruded component.
Note: Feel free to “cheat” by approximating the geometry (let’s say +/-0.010″ tolerance).
Do you think it is an easy task? Try it first or watch this video, for a possible solution:
Many thanks to Jory S on SolidWorks forum for the inspiration for this article.
Do you have a better solution? Please share it with us.
Update (2013.Oct.01): This workaround is no longer needed starting with SolidWorks 2014. The tangent mate works as expected.
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