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CAD Geometry

Display geometry imported from an .stl file in your 3-D model

         

 

 

Description

Connections

Parameters

Using the CAD Geometry component with Inertial Properties

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Description

To display CAD geometry, you add a copy of this component in the model workspace, attach an .stl file to your model, and then associate the CAD Geometry component with the .stl file by setting the Image Attachment parameter. The following image shows a model depicting a catapult with .stl geometry.

 

For more information, see Adding Attached Shapes From an External File.

Connections

Name

Description

frame_a

Connect this frame to the component or connection line for which you want to display the .stl geometry.

frame_CoM

Connect to this frame to gain access to the location of the center of mass.

Parameters

Name

Default

Description

Image Attachment

-

The .stl file that you want to display in your 3-D model. This drop-down list contains the names of the .stl files attached to the current model.

Translation Offset

[0,0,0]

Offset between the origin of the .stl file and the frame to which it is attached. You can specify a value for this parameter to position the .stl geometry.

Note: The value of the translation offset will not affect the value of the inertia at the center of mass.

Typeθ

1,2, 3

Sequence of body-fixed rotations used to describe the offset between the origin of the .stl file and the frame to which it is attached. You can specify a value for this parameter to position the .stl geometry.

θ&conjugate0;0

0,0, 0

Rotational offset between the origin of the .stl file and the frame to which it is attached. You can specify a value for this parameter to position the .stl geometry.

Scale Factor

1

The scale of the imported geometry.

Note: You must specify a numeric value. Custom values defined in parameter blocks, global parameters, or subsystem parameters cannot be used.

color

red

Color of the geometry. For information on using the color selection tools, see Selecting Colors.

Transparent

Select this option to make the geometry component transparent.

Enable Inertia

When checked, the calculated inertial properties are added to the geometry and the port, frame_CoM becomes enabled on the CAD component icon.

ρ

1

Mass density.

Mass

0

The mass of the object. This value is calculated from the value provided in the mass density field, along with the volume specified in the .stl file.

Notes: 

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The accuracy of the calculated mass is dependent on tessellation of .stl export.

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The mass density used in the calculation of the mass is assumed to be constant.

 

Inertia

000000000

The inertia of the object at the center of mass. Similar to Mass, the inertia is calculated from the value provided in the mass density field.

Notes: 

• 

The accuracy of the calculated inertia value is dependent on tessellation of .stl export.

• 

The mass density used in the calculation of the inertia at the center of mass is assumed to be constant.

Center of Mass

000

Center of mass value provided in attached .stl file.

Using the CAD Geometry component with Inertial Properties

When you check Enable Inertia, the values for mass density, mass, inertia, center of mass, and volume associated with the CAD Geometry component are used in the simulation.

As an example, consider a model of an object with specified mass and inertia, rotating about the z-axis, constructed with  Fixed Frame, Revolute, and CAD Geometry components.

 

With Enable Inertia selected this becomes analogous to a similar model built with Fixed Frame, Revolute, Rigid Body, and Rigid Frame components.

This is important to note, because if your model already contains inertia properties through the inclusion of a Rigid Body/Rigid Body Frame assembly,selecting Enable Inertia will result in these inertial properties being added again to your model (essentially from a modeling standpoint you are adding a duplicate Rigid Body/Rigid Body Frame assembly).

See Also

Visualization Components

Multibody Overview

The 3-D Visualization Environment

Adding Attached Shapes From the MapleSim Component Library

Adding Attached Shapes From an External File

 

 

 

 

 


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