Solidworks Conveyor Design TutorialJanuary 23, 2011 By: Brian Halicki Halco DesignUsing a Design Table for the Conveyor Belt, Parametric changes update associated components for a new design.
With the steps provided below, this process of parametric conveyor design is useful when the main construction of the conveyor stays the same, but the belt length and width changes. This will be a simple conveyor construction and does not include drives or bearings.
The following steps will be to:
Develop the belt
Make the Slider Bed
Design Support Legs
The design parameters of the simple conveyor are as follows:
Belt: Width - 18 / Length: 60
Pulley: Front and Back 6 Dia. Width: 1 wider than belt
Slider Bed Length: 8 Less than Pulley centers
Leg Height: 36 from floor to top of belt
Figure 1. Belt Sketch and Extrusion
The controlling part of the conveyor is the belt. Using a design table, one parameter that changes is the belt length. Another is the belt width.
Figure 2. Sketch for Pulley Design
Next, develop the part model features for the front pulley. Its dimension is wider on each side of the belt.
When the pulley is created, insert a second copy in the back end of the belt.
Figure 3. Slider Bed Design
The slider be is a sketch based from the width of the pulley. Using the base flange feature from the sheet metal commands, the length is determined from a plane you create 4 off of the back pulley center plane.
Figure 4. Leg Support sketch created
Figure 5. Leg Support Created with Structural Members
Figure 6. Leg Support added to Back End of the Conveyor
Figure 7. Completed Conveyor Showing Overall Dimensions
Figure 8. Design Table Size Change for a 20 Belt
Figure 9. Belt Configurations Shown
Figure 10. Using the Short Slider Configuration
The speed and dependability of using a Solidworks part as the controller of parametric design makes it a good choice in your design. This method works very quickly using Excel in the design of parametric parts.
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