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You can generate drawings in SolidWorks the same way you would generate them in 2D drafting and drawing systems. However, creating 3D models and generating drawings from the model have many advantages; for example:

  • Designing models is faster than drawing lines.
  • SolidWorks creates drawings from models, so the process is efficient.
  • You can review models in 3D and check for correct geometry and design issues before generating drawings,   so the drawings are more likely to be free of design errors.
  • You can insert dimensions and annotations from model sketches and features into drawings automatically, so you do not have to create them manually in drawings.
  • Parameters and relations of models are retained in drawings, so drawings reflect the design intent of the model.
  • Changes in models or in drawings are reflected in their related documents, so making changes is easier and drawings are more accurate.

Here some exercises are given below with description. Try it.

Automotive Brackets:

01-drum_with_mounting - axle bracket

Automotive brackets come in all shapes and sizes for all types of uses. These axle brackets made up of malleable cast iron. These brackets features machined bores, bosses and mounting faces. The brackets are slotted through one mounting hole, allowing the bracket to be positioned laterally before being clamped by tightening the bolt through the slotted side. Here the front axle is installed between the left and right wheel. It have the function which transfers the power of engine to the wheels. Especially it transfers the high power to the front wheels when driving four wheel.

Axle Bracket or Spindle Bracket or Shaft Bracket:

01-cast_iron_bracket - shaft bracket - spindle bracket

The spindle shaft is the essential element for transmitting power in mills and workshops. An axle is a stationary shaft on which pulleys and other members rotate. The part of the shaft within the bearing is known as journal. A spindle is a machine shaft that drives and supports either a cutting tool or the work on which machining and other operations are performed.

Sliding Frame:

01-sliding_frame - steel frame

A sliding frame is an extremely efficient extraction system that allows non free flowing materials to be discharged from the flat bottom. The sliding frame is a simple machine consisting of either one or two hydraulic cylinders driving a frame that reciprocates across the floor. These sliding frames which are used in automobiles, power plants and lathe machineries etc. Here the conventional pressed steel frame to which all the mechanical units are attached and on which the body is superimposed.

Slotted Block or Clapper Block:

01-slotted_block - clapper block - clapper box

This clapper block which used in shaper, planer and slotting machines. The clapper easily swings up. It flops back down with a slight push. The clapper box hinges a tool block already fitted with apron. The tool block holds a tool post to mount the tool. During cutting stroke, the tool block fits inside the clapper box rigidly. During the return stroke, the tool block lifts out of clapper to avoid rubbing of the tool on the job.

Adjustable Arm:

01-adjuster_arm - automatic feed of lathe

The adjustable arm was designed to improve access to devices by having a wider range of access angles. An adjustable arm controlling an automatic feed of a lathe to position its cutting tool. This adjustable arm including a flat base member, upstanding member having at least a partially circumferential edge, a pair of bar members, and having a straight working edge.

Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine | THAWT | Modern Tidal Energy | Most Efficient Wind Turbine

Tidal Energy:

Tidal power is one such developing technology, which harnesses the kinetic and gravitational potential energy in tidal streams. When compared to other renewable sources, tidal streams are a relatively reliable source of energy, as tidal movements can be accurately predicted in terms of direction, timing and magnitude. The rapid development of devices for tidal energy exploitation is being encouraged by government initiatives and by private investment.

01-wind turbine power output -darrieus wind turbine - modern wind turbine

The horizontal axis, axial-flow turbine is the most common design of a tidal stream turbine. A number of variants of this type of device, which incorporate features such as flow-guiding shrouds or specific mounting techniques, have been proposed by different developers, but the underlying hydrodynamics remain similar for these devices. However, a drawback with such designs is that their size cannot be increased significantly, because the limited depth of flow at most sites restricts their diameter. Tidal stream energy is likely to be more expensive than either other renewable resources or combined cycle gas turbines, until at least hundreds of megawatts capacity is installed.

How Does a Free Flow Underwater Turbine Work?

Very simply, it works like a wind turbine, but the blades are moved by a water current instead of by the wind.

01-horizontal axis wind turbine - underwater turbine - THAWT - axial flow turbine

Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT):

The Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT) has been proposed as a tidal device which can be easily scaled and requires fewer foundations, bearings seals and generators than a more conventional axial-flow device. The THAWT device is a horizontally deployed variant of the Darrieus cross-flow turbine, in which the blades can be oriented into a truss configuration to produce long, stiff multi-bay rotors.

A fluid particle passing through a Darrieus cross-flow turbine encounters two sets of blades. One on the front side of the turbine as the fluid enters, and again on the rear side as it leaves.

This increased stiffness and strength allows longer units to be constructed, and reduces the overall costs of foundations, bearings, seals and generators. A full scale device might have a diameter of 10 – 20 m and would operate in a flow depth of 20 – 50 m.

01-darrieus hydro turbine - modern tidal energy - next generation marine turbine

The THAWT device employs a truss design of blades, which is intended to increase the rigidity of the structure, so that it can be stretched across a channel without significant increases in blade stresses.

The Thawt device is mechanically far less complicated than anything available today, meaning it would cost less to build and maintain. “The manufacturing costs are about 60% lower, the maintenance costs are about 40% lower”.

The size of thawt is not limited by the depth of water in which it is situated, and the need to intersect the largest possible area of current has been incorporated into the design. Power generation of up to 100mw could be achieved by an array of only 10 thawt devices.

01- thawt tidal turbine - darrieus water turbine

For comparison, if thawt devices were extended across the same area of current as axial flow devices, thawt would require:

  • Less generators,
  • Less primary seals, and
  • Less foundations

and consequently thawt would incur:

  • Lower capital costs
  • Lower maintenance costs, and
  • Lower operational costs