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A little preview

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Max, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    This model is from GrabCAD. But what I want to show you is a new constraint in the works.

    Last edited: Oct 24, 2019
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  2. Ralf

    Ralf Alibre Super User

    Indeed, great development. :)
  3. JST

    JST Alibre Super User

    I think I like that very much.
  4. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Looks pretty good, but "questions" and "polishing" will need to be dealt with. -- Lew
  5. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    Based on what you've seen here, do you have any particular questions or polishing suggestions?
  6. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Hi Max -- A bit more than a year ago I sent you a "Improvements to Constraints" missive. Whereas I could easily repeat that (and add to it), that is not the basis here. The main thing I am certain is that there will be "arguments" (read: "questions") asked no matter how it comes out until we go through a couple of "cycles" of "polishing" things. Are you expecting a different process? I am not. -- Lew
  7. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    Lew, I'm not sure a blanket statement on the lines of "something will be wrong, I'm not sure what, but I do know it will need fixing" on a preview video showing no UI is a worthwhile comment to make. I'm happy to discuss specifics, but comments for the sake of comments aren't a good use of anyone's time.

    In any case, yes we will hopefully have more to show soon - I think we're shifting away from "Alibre makes stuff in secret then releases" to "hey everyone, look what we're thinking - tell us your feedback before we start coding" as you can see with the new constraint dialog thread(s), so hopefully the process will indeed be different. :D
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  8. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Max -- Over my 48 years of Development experience, the first "output" of an effort virtually always hase something that had "escaped consideration" during the initial planning and design process. Whereas I expect that "we" will ultimately create an industry leader when we reach final (and "polished") implementation, I expect that it will take several "iterations" to reach that condition. That is all I meant. -- Lew
  9. idslk

    idslk Alibre Super User

    Hello Max,
    Is it a "gear"-constraint, like wheel one to wheel two has a ratio, or is it based on constraints from tooth to tooth?
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  10. Jim C

    Jim C Senior Member

    Hello Max, keep the goodies coming. There is no question that there will be some changes in some items but I have over 55 years of design experience in several fields and there have been some that went smoothly and some that needed a few "tweeks". In any case, give them a try and see how they fly!

    I love the program and continue to put through its paces.

    Jim C
  11. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    It is more accurately an "axis / axis" constraint. You can use this constraint on any part, though in many cases it wouldn't make sense outside of gears or similar.

    So that being said, you define 2 axes (by picking an axis, or a circular face that we can infer an axis from etc) and then you set the ratio between them, in a _____ : _____ style. So a worm gear would be 1 : 55 for example. We aren't spending a lot of time right now trying to infer the correct rotation direction, so you can easily switch it if it's incorrect with a checkbox.
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  12. HaroldL

    HaroldL Alibre Super User

    Is anything planned for a rack and pinion gear set?
  13. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

  14. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, we are pretty confident we will fit that into v21.
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  15. Ydl

    Ydl Member


    I approve.
  16. slipstick

    slipstick Member

    This will be cool!

    I trust you can chain this as long as you like? All of these could be constrained? And would it be useful to be able to specify backlash for each constraint?

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  17. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    What??? You think that clearance is required for moving parts? ;-) Lew
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  18. RocketNut

    RocketNut Alibre Super User

    What constraint would be used to constrain then as shown in your video?
  19. slipstick

    slipstick Member

    :) My feature request for the year. Not to lessen the new constraint - that will be awesome! It might incentivize me to model the pocket watch movement I've been pondering for a while.
  20. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    You might be able to achieve this in some cases with the new limit constraint option, though they are not implemented for gears. Baby steps :D

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