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    Been meaning to put this up for a while so here goes. This is an electric reverse for my dune buggy. It uses components from an ebay china starter motor for a 1Fz. The idea is to take the gear reduction from the standard 4.4 to around 17:1, while still fitting in the buggy. The gears have been waterjet cut out of hardox 400. The cut of the gears is a bit sketchy in spots, but it should be fit for purpose. I haven't finished this yet, still have some ally spacers to cut out on my cnc router and some lathe work to do. Heres the pics.


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    Cool man

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    yes ,. very. did that include machining the cases?

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    The case was water-jet cut from 25mm aluminium. The water jet couldn't cut the holes all the way through but it marked them so I could use my drill press. The end plates were laser cut. About 1/4 the cost and still accurate enough.

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    That Hardox is impressive stuff. When people come to check out our machines I have a strip of Hardox 450 6mm wide by 3mm thick and about 300mm long and I give it to them to try and bend by hand.

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    What is it like to machine?

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    Pretty good, with a plasma cutter lol
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    The profile cutters can drill through with udrills and special inserts. I don't know if u can machine it with carbide inserts. Even with the weldox it doesn't take much to destroy the inserts and start throwing melted swath everywhere.

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    Well I hope I made the right choice of material. The water jet man had never cut gears before!

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    You can see I cleaned up the end of one of the gears on the lathe. The standard "bit" whatever they are called went blunt straight away. But my neighbour had a handful of the inserts so we brazed one of them on the end of the standard bit and that did it.
    I only cleaned up the end of it though.
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    I'm not sure on specs of Hardox 400 but Hardox 450 has a yield strength of 1100mpa so I think u will be right strength wise. I would be interested to see if the teeth bed in. Maybe chuck some trefolex in it or gear grinding past to help polish the gear faces and avoid it galling up. It's typical practice in gear train design to run a harder material pinion and softer material gear.

    I remember when designing those spirals on the first page I got a consulting engineering firm to do design validation and spec the gear train. The hardness requirements they specified was pretty in depth. The Chinese supplier as it turned out didn't do the proper hardening and they were fucked in about a month. A local supplier did me a good price as they wanted to try out some new gear profile software they got for their Cnc machines. They got the gear properly hardened and they remained spotless the next 12 months or so before I left. That's gotta be about 6-7 years ago so I would love to know if the machine is still operating and what condition all that stuff is in.

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    Well I did some more on this today. I finally got my X carve all back together after replacing the plastic wasteboard with ally extrusion. Now all squared up (or as square as this thing will ever get!).

    I made up some spacers. Both drawn 0.2mm oversize. Both fit into place tightly with some force. Pretty happy with that!






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    Silky smooth

    I ended up using a grinder with a cutting disk to clean up some of the teeth. Works ok.

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    Intake Manifold

    Lambo v10 intake manifold that we just finished! Pretty proud of this one. Design was done before Xmas but had no machine time to make it till a few weeks ago.
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    How many hours in the model? That is the shit
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    That's awesome

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    Question for all the Solidworks gurus regarding Solidworks support/licencing in Australia. Currently looking to bring design capabilities back in house, which involves purchasing of software to make it happen. There are two Solidworks resellers in Australia - Intercad (soon to be Central Innovation), and Cadspace. Assuming all else is equal, the deal breaker for me will be support.

    All my previous software has come from Intercad, and while I haven't had to make much use of their support in the past, another guy I work with has found it useful. Is anyone able to comment on the support provided by Cadspace?

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    I canít comment on cad space but the technical support I have had from intercad hasnít been the best. I bought my license from 3dsl but dassult pulled their reseller status for not meeting sales target. Their support was excellent even on a weekend I lost the license doing a transfer and they set me up with a temporary license until it was open hours for dassult to fix up the license. Real shame really.

    My experience was that intercad had a high turn over and I was always speaking to a different person.

    It may have been cadspace which rang me last week trying to sell me another licence or get me to swap maintenance over to them. I gave them an earful about how buggy the new versions are and ludacris their licence and maintenance fees are. Iím not sure he will ring me back again.

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    I hear you regarding the ongoing licence fees. Unfortunately there's no way around that if we want to use non-pirated software.

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    If u can hold out till end of financial year they generally do better deals. I got professional for the cost of a standard license which I think was a saving of almost 2k.

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    Buying three licences so the discounts are pretty good already - roughly 15k off.

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    Well thatís good then. Not much buying power when only looking for one license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricardo View Post
    Question for all the Solidworks gurus regarding Solidworks support/licencing in Australia. Currently looking to bring design capabilities back in house, which involves purchasing of software to make it happen. There are two Solidworks resellers in Australia - Intercad (soon to be Central Innovation), and Cadspace. Assuming all else is equal, the deal breaker for me will be support.

    All my previous software has come from Intercad, and while I haven't had to make much use of their support in the past, another guy I work with has found it useful. Is anyone able to comment on the support provided by Cadspace?
    I have licence through intercad as there is no cadspace in SA, anyway it makes no difference cos they know fuck all and just go to Solidworks and get back to you. The support won't tell you anything just if there is errors, I have a fault I found in drawings where if you do a section view of a sheet metal part your auto BOM doesn't work on the section view, that is Solidworks wide and won't be fixed for prob years.

    Do you have premium licences? That is the only one I would get.
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    I'm getting a combo of 2 x SW Pro and 1 x SW Premium with Simulation Pro. Won't need the extra features for 95% of the time, so no point paying extra for it. It's a network install so easy enough to share the licences around.

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    What sort of work do you do? Reason we use premium is for routing
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    Mining equipment. I was intrigued by the routing, had a play with it years ago. It is only relevant to some of the stuff we do though so not worth having multiple licences for it. Will get more benefit from improved simulation capabilities in the long run than routing.

    As a side note, I found Cadspace to offer far better discounts than Intercad to the tune of about 10k. As always, your mileage may vary...

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    Well I'm super pissed because they have fucked weldment weights in 2018, I have reported the bug but let's see what actually happens.

    So routing is one of those things that when you use it unless someone shows you and really understands routing you always think it is retarded. Then you use the libraries built in and it is shit.

    I was lucky to have libraries made by a guy I know and they are fucking mental. I lost count of the money I have made scanning and drafting piping because once it is set up it is just that fast it is stupid.

    What sort of equipment do you make? For FEA I find Solidworks very temprimental compared to nastran, but I have friends that have 6 or so Solidworks licences they use to just fea shipping containers so can't be that bad.
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    I guess you mean something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37OjYApOfrs

    Definitely a quicker way to do things, as you say the libraries are the issue. Unfortunatelythe pipework is not really our core business - we make coal mining equipment, so although we do use pipework in some of the stuff that we do, I can't say it is a big part of it. Will be running CFD on hydraulic components, FEA for pressure testing and structural analysis of frames. Fairly basic in the scheme of things.

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    I went to a couple solidworks simulation training courses years ago. We had a number of solidworks licenses but the ansys licenses were in high demand so the boss wanted me to do the training with intercad. I found it quite basic, easy to get some pretty pictures but I never felt like I had any form of control over the solver and didnít really trust it. Probably didnít help that the guy running the training was a couple years below me going through uni and didnít seem to completely understand the fundamentals of fea. He just wanted to talk about v8 Supercars most the time.

    I recently went to the ansys 2018 product launch and they were talking about ansys discovery live. Itís a new product based on the spaceclaim environment but does simulation calculations in real time while modelling. It does structural, thermal and fluid flow. It looks a big gimmicky but Iím keen to have a play. It needs a newer generation quadro card then I have to do all the calculations via Gpu so I ordered a newer car and will give it a try when it arrives.

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