Solidworks Gear Generator
by msruggles, published
I realize only a minority of people on this site use Solidworks. I use it a lot, and I'm all that matters in the end :)
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Dude this is awesome.
For the people like me who don't know what to do whit these files:
open the Gear_Blank file with Solidworks -> In the left toolbar thingy (history , sensors , annotations,material ... ) -> Click on the 3th page (looks like 2 boxes on a staircase) -> right mouse on "Tables" -> Hide / show tree items -> right mouse on "Design Table" -> click on "Edit Table" -> exel thingy opens inside of solidworks -> edit the tables you like -> click outside of the excel thing -> the item will regenerate and you have your gear.
If this is all to confusing just google " Solidworks Design Tables" .
The reason there seems to not be a lot of interest in it is because people are using OpenScad and I rather go bang my head across a bed of rusty nails than play with that program and I am a programmer. I am one where I prefer my 3d in real time when creating my objects so Solidworks was a perfect match (I tried all of the Cad programs out there from free, to opensource, to the biggest names there are and SW fit me perfectly).
Yeah, design tables have their limitations, but it you only change the first four cells and ignore the man behind the curtain it works pretty well. I am working on condensing the equations so people can write code/make their own spreadsheet/whatever. There hasn't been a lot of interest for it, so it's low on my list of projects.
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