HELP-Best Method for Tubular Frame?

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by western1812, May 24, 2006.

  1. western1812

    western1812 Guest

    A dune buggy is my next project.

    What is the best way for SW to handle the weld joints?

    Example-Do I make the sweeps for the roll-cage with perpinducular ends,
    then use intersecting surfaces from the frame as the cutting tool?

    Or-Do I just prepare the ends(virtual fish-mouth cut with a tube mill)
    and assemble the roll cage and frame using mating surfaces?

    western1812, May 24, 2006
  2. western1812

    Rock Guy Guest

    I would use the weldment functionality
    Rock Guy, May 24, 2006
  3. Keith is dead on, weldments look great when a VAR is selling their
    product to management, but its more trouble than its worth in the real
    world with those that have actual technical skills.

    I find its best to use assembly feature cuts to add gaps afterwards,
    that way you can do a rough cosmos express analysis beforehand. I
    don't have assemblies much larger than a dune buggy, so manually
    generating the cut list is still better than fighting with weldments.
    RaceBikesOrWork, May 25, 2006
  4. western1812

    lmar Guest

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