MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library - Maplesoft

Overview of the MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library

The MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library allows you to easily create winch and pulley systems as part of your machine development. Using this add-on library to MapleSim, you can model the dynamics of rope and pulley systems, and view enhanced 3-D visualizations of your system’s performance. Use the Ropes and Pulleys Library to add fidelity to your machine models with ropes, chains, cables, pulleys, and more.

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  • Create both 2-D and 3-D pulley systems using components such as fixed and floating pulleys, winches, ropes, chains, and cables.
  • Incorporate realistic behaviors of ropes and pulley systems, including pulley slippage, chain masses, cable bending, and wind loading.
  • Explore systems with 3-D visualizations that show material flow and system tension using force arrows and color mapping.

The MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library contains a variety of components that can be customized to suit your specific model. Features include:

Application Area: Cable-Driven Robots

Cable-driven robots are often the best choice when designing machines for high maneuverability or managing very heavy loads. However, just like any industrial machine, these designs need to be optimized for both performance and safety. By using the MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library, engineers can get high-fidelity simulation data of their cable-driven robot systems, reducing the time and cost needed for physical prototyping. Simulations are completed in minutes – not hours, or days – and allow engineers to quickly test multiple designs for safety, performance, and more.

Use the Ropes and Pulleys Library for modeling and simulation of your cable-driven robots involved in:

  • Logistics – Maximize machine cycle times by testing PLC code against a virtual model
  • Civil Engineering Projects – Quickly validate machine behavior long before physical prototyping
  • Heavy-Duty Systems – Validate performance and find design issues faster
  • Construction – Validate safety limits for machine performance without risking machine damage
  • Dangerous Site Conditions – Reduce chance of machine failures on-site by testing site conditions virtually

Are you facing challenges with ropes and pulleys in your models? We can help!
Contact the Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team.