Rapid Prototyping using Solid-works
An enclosure design play an important role when we introduce an electronic product to the market since the pricing of the product also depends on the flexibility and the appearance of the product. Also in the PCB design process shape and the space in the enclosure is very important since it will decide how the PCB design constructs will be. Rapid prototyping is used to model any hardware part so that we can obtain a fair idea about the product shape, how it will fits etc. We had introductory lectures on rapid prototyping in Level 3 for the module “Electronic design and Realization” in university. Past week I was lucky enough to design a model and to watch how the rapid prototype is developed through SLA machine. In this article I wish to share some of my experiences in RP design using Solid works and the prototyping process.
While working on the project I needed a connector for the sensor since I realised that it’s much better to use the sensor via connectors in testing stage. Since I failed to find a proper connector via internet or local, but finally decided to design one using Solid works and RP it. Few important steps in designing the prototype using Solidworks are as below.
2D drawings can be done using the tools under the sketch tab, the option “for construction” is a very important parameter in design, the construction lines are ignored while building the components and are only used to keep the geometrical relationships among the geometrical objects.
The feature manager design tree is another important tool in Solid works which stores whole design process, which allows you to roll back edit and roll forward which will be very useful in modifying a design.
Photoview 360 is a tool which comes with solid works it allows you to render and see your design.
Few images of rendered designs are as below.
Video below shows how the RP machine works.
This is the image of prototyped component and with sensor.
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