With the Live Parts™ Add-in, you can set up models that Live Parts uses to create designs. Each model is comprised of a number of Live Parts features - including zones, fixtures, forces, and connections, among others - that represent design constraints and objectives.
To set up a Live Parts model, begin with an existing assembly to which you want to add your Live Parts design. If you have no existing assembly or want to create a standalone Live Parts design, you can start with an empty assembly. Before adding Live Parts features to your model, create part(s) in your assembly to hold reference geometry (e.g. volumes, datum points, planes, etc.) that you can select for these features.
The step-by-step guides in this collection show you how quick and easy it is to set up models using the Live Parts Add-in for Solidworks and then export them to Live Parts for autonomous design creation.
Setting up a model with the Live Parts Add-in for Solidworks
- Creating zones
Learn how to create zones to act as geometric constraints on your model.
- Creating forces
Learn how to create forces on your model that are applied during the growth process to ensure design performance relative to loading conditions.
- Creating fixtures
Learn how to create fixtures to anchor surfaces on your model that contact or mate with other components in your assembly.
- Creating connections
Learn how to create connections for your model that automates "seed cells" used in Live Parts to start the design growth process.
- Creating symmetries
Learn how to create symmetries for your model to impose either planar or rotational symmetry on your Live Parts designs.
- Selecting a material
Learn how to select a material for your model to specify the properties Live Parts uses during the growth process to optimize the design.
- Exporting models
Learn how to export models from Solidworks to Live Parts (running on a virtual machine in the web app) for automated design creation.