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Time to Escape “I’ve been working on a Retractable Ladder”

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195Bertrand Sicot enters the stage.  “Did you enjoy that” 196Time to Thank the sponsor199Thanks – HP – nVIDIA – Dell – Intel201For the Cameras205“I want to make a video but I need your assistance”209 Rehearsal “I’m coming to next’s years SolidWorks World and I’m going to bring a friend” 210This time for the camera213SolidWorks World 2015 ……. Phoenix Arizona …… February 8 – 11th 215

Bertrand Sicot knows how to make an entrance!
136Bertrand enters the stage via the “Night Train”137Bertrand introduces Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo – Bo-Dyn Bobsled - Designer Manufacturer – USA World Cup winning 4 man Bobsled140Geoff talks NASCAR and compares/ relates then to Bobsleds “both hit walls occasionally” 142Talking why and how the project came about (and why Bob said Geoff ruined his life – said almost with a smile!)144Bobsleds like NASCAR too many rules (or is it how you interpret them!) 146Wind Tunnel testing148Aerodynamics were everything, reduce drag, races are won by hundreds of a second149Talking athletes – World Cup winning – 4 man Bobsled – Night Train 2 – Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah). Number 1 contenders for Gold at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 151Aaron Kelly returns to the stage.  Requests audience assistance with Twitter pictiure153Aaron photographing the crowd and thus ending the General Session for Day 2156

Rick Chin introduces Hugh Herr – MIT Media Lab – Biomechatronics Director181Hugh Herr creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs183Mechanical driven, microprocessor controlled184Hugh and Rick discussing how the prostheses mimics the action of a biological ankle185Robotic ankle-foot prosthesis with gait-adaptive knee prostheses186SolidWorks Stress Analysis 187Hugh details the movement of the prostheses188But not only does Hugh develop the product he also tests them, as he is a double transfemoral amputee189Hugh show his prostheses194and demonstrates the movement both walking and running195Hugh tells his story of how his love of climbing leads to frost bite and the amputation of both his legs.  Early development leads not only to specialised feet for climbing but to the ability for him to change his height.  “It worked with the ladies I could adapt my height to suit”197Hugh talks about the socket connection and the development for fitment to the limb200A wonderful image with Aimee Mullins 204Additional images from the Press Conference 210Hugh Herr – showing some leg!211Bertrand Sicot returns to the stage to close the Day 1 – General Session205

From my very first look at SolidWorks 2014 what has impressed me most (and continues to do so) has been the “day to day”reduction of mouse clicks and reduced mouse movement.   Much of this has been achieved by being able to access many more features via the Context Toolbar.

I said early on that I thought accessing Configurations (& Standard Mates) from the Context Tool bar was (were) one of my favorite enhancement.    Now I’ve found another one in a similar vein!  The ability to be able to Toggle between Ridge and Flexible states for Sub-Assemblies.  It’s now just a matter of Right Button Mouse the Sub-Assembly, selecting the sub-assembly icon to Toggle between – Make Sub-Assembly Flexible Flexible Contextor Make Sub-Assembly RidgeRidge Context

One more little discovery to save time (and embarrassment) !  This is one for all those who work in Assemblies and use in-context sketches.   No matter how many times you have used in-context sketches, you first need to Select > Edited a Part,  (in the Assembly) and then added a Sketch,   Every now and then you just select the face and add the sketch, right!     You then go about selecting edges, etc only to discover at the end there is no SKETCH on the PART ……  but there it is, you find the sketch lurking at the bottom of your assembly tree! (we have all done it, don’t try to deny it).

I have to say that I haven’t done that for quite a while, that is of course,  until the first time I needed to use it with SolidWorks 2014!  (Funny right!)  At least now you get the following :  Warning  Assembly Context Sketch Notification.  Warning: You have started a sketch within the context of this Assembly, rather than in a part or Sub-Assembly.   Nice, a polite gentle reminder.  (Something you wouldn’t get from your workmates looking over your shoulder)

WarningSo there’s just a couple more of the simple enhancements you now have with SolidWorks 2014!

BottleSolidWorks 2014 see’s the introduction of volumetric measurement to Mass Properties.    So whilst enjoying a post dinner “Merlot” (which I just so happen to have the bottle on hand) I thought I would see if I could accurately fill the bottle to the correct volume!

The bottle itself is just a Sketch with a Revolved Boss (Feature).   The shape of the bottle presents the opportunity to use the new ( SolidWork 2014) Style Spline.   The Style Spline tool produces a single-span Bézier curve which allows for a smooth transition between the body and the neck of the bottle.   In the past I would have had most likely used a series of arcs (with tangencies) so I could adjust and control the shape.  Simpler than trying to control a spline!  Right!   Bottle SketchHowever the Style Spline allows for far greater control being able to adjust the vertices with references and dimensions (of the controlling polygon).     (Charles Culp on his SWtuts site has a good video showing the use and control of a Style Spline)Style SplineI also took the opportunity to use a Conic sketch to create the “Punt”.  (Yes I had to look that one up to see that it was called that!)   Although Conic sketches were added in SolidWorks 2013 this would be the first time I’ve had to use for a practical purpose.   I didn’t sketch fillet the base of the bottle as it allowed for the use of the new (for SolidWorks 2014) Conic Fillet Feature.    When using the Fillet Feature you can Select the Fillet Profile from the Fillet Parameters Options.Conic FilletA couple of additional fillets and a Shell feature and we have the bottle!    What I need, however, is the liquid volume size!Surface OffsetSelecting the inner surfaces of the bottle and using the Surface Offset Feature – with 0mm Offset creates a copy of the Surface.  Create a sketch and Surface Trim Feature to the “fill” height for the liquid.  Then “seal” the surface with a Surface Plane Bottle VolumeSurface Knit the Surface Offset and the Surface Plane – Select> Try to Form Solid.  Which creates the solid “volume” of the fluid.Surface KnitNow that we have the “Fluid Volume” SolidWorks 2014 can calculate with Mass Properties.    Tools> Mass Properties> Options Mass Properties.   Select> Use Custom Setting.   Under the Per Unit Volume there are numerous Units to select from.   For those of us who speak Metric, I want to use Litres (we can argue over the spelling of that unit of measurement later)per UnitEnsure that we have the correct body selected and the Mass Properties displays the Volume: 0.70 Litres /700ml  (mililiters)   Just a sip or two short of a full bottle!Volume IncorrectSo I go back and adjust a few of the dimensions in the sketch (of the bottle).   Increase the “shoulder” length and decrease the “neck” length and have the Mass Properties re-calculate.   With as much by good luck than good management we now have the correct required Volume: 0.75 l/ 750ml or if we change the unit of measurement 25.46 fl ozVolume

Fluid OuncesI don’t know that I have a career in bottle design but calculating volumes using SolidWorks 2014 has made things a whole lot easier!