SOLIDWORKS 2020 provides you with additional tools and control options for creating primary members in weldment structures. In this article, we are going to review these new options in SOLIDWORKS 2020 for primary members based on “point and length”, members “between points”, members using “up to point” end conditions and members based on “direction”.
When specifying Point and Length, you can set a direction for a primary member by selecting a reference which is a sketch entity. The member extrudes in its direction and you can also reverse the direction of extrusion. As an example, consider the part below which is made of a few sketches for the reference geometries.
To start the primary member command, click on Insert > Structure System > Structure System to get into the structure system mode.
Once you are in this mode, you need to click on Insert > Structure System > Primary Member to start adding primary members to your weldment part. It’s a good practice to Pin the property manager of primary member command to be able to add multiple primary members.
Now, you can select the desired profile from the profile tab in the property manager and then switch to the member tab:
For our first member type, point-length member is selected:
We select the 4 points from our sketch and specify the length of the members and click OK to confirm.
For the next members, we change the end condition of the members from length to point and select the start and end points of the new structural members. SOLIDWORKS will create members between the selected points.
The next end condition to explore is “up to point”. Using this end condition we are creating 3 additional members up to a specific point.
And the last end condition is to create an structural member based on direction. In the member tab, under end condition we select length and click in the box for member direction. For the direction of the member, a sketch line is selected. The length of the member, also needs to be specified.
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