Defining a Swept Volume From a Mechanism

(which can be simulated with laws)


The Swept volume functionality is very useful to design the volume swept by a set of moving products during simulation. This functionality takes into account mechanisms provided that they can be simulated with laws.

This task shows how to generate a swept volume from a mechanism which can be simualted with laws.

Open the Use_Sensors.CATProduct document.
  1. Click Swept Volume I_SweptVolumeP2.gif (240 bytes).
    The Swept Volume dialog box is displayed.

    Note:  By default, the Filter Positions check box is selected.

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  2. Click in the Product to sweep spin box, the selection list dialog box lets you select or deselect the products to sweep.

  3. Select Jack_Rod.1.

  4. Click Ok.

  5. Click Preview to generate the swept volume.

    The progress bar is displayed letting you monitor and, if necessary, interrupt (Cancel option) the calculation.

    This is what you obtain:

  6. Click Save.

    The Save As dialog box appears:

  7. Select cgr file and click Save

  8. Click Close.

  9. Insert the Jack_Rod.1_SWEPTVOLUME.cgr into Use_Sensors, for this right-click Use_Sensors and select Components > Existing component from the contextual menu displayed. The Swept volume is identified in the specification tree and in the geometry area.