Assembling Belts and Chains in SOLIDWORKS

By Stephen Petrock on

With SOLIDWORKS you can take a concept in your head and make it a reality. The biggest advantage of creating digital prototypes of your concepts in SOLIDWORKS CAD is that instead of a napkin sketch or even a tool like PowerPoint, all of the little details are taken  into account. There are countless tools in the software to help you develop the intricacies of your design, enabling you to go from concept to design faster than ever before.


In this Video Tech Tip, Application Engineer Andrew Head shares the belt and chain assembly feature in SOLIDWORKS. This tool automatically creates the belt or chain in your assemblies with a few clicks. Simply define the size of the belt and the pullies it will tie together and just like that the belt geometry is created. You even get the accurate length of the belt, saving you the time and headache of doing manual calculations. It couldn’t be easier to create a functional belt or chain in SOLIDWORKS. This was made even more useful after the addition of the chain component pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2015.

With these two tools, you can quickly and easily create geometry that functions the way you’d expect, without all the hassle. Take a look at the video to see how you can use the belt and chain tool in your assemblies.

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