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Sensor PropertyManager

Set up sensors to monitor selected properties of parts and assemblies and alert you when values deviate from the limits you specify.

To create a sensor, right-click the Sensors folder in the FeatureManager design tree, select Add Sensor, and set parameters in the PropertyManager.

Sensor Type

Simulation Data Defines locations for measuring result quantities in simulations. For more information about using sensors in simulations, see SolidWorks Simulation Help: Sensors.
Mass Properties Monitors properties such as Mass, Volume, and Surface Area.
Dimension Monitors dimensions you select.
Interference Detection (Available in assemblies only.) Monitors the assembly for interferences between components you select.
Proximity (Available in assemblies only.) Monitors the assembly for interferences between a line you define and components you select.

Properties

Properties vary depending on the sensor type.

For Mass Properties sensors:
Mass Properties Select a mass properties type:
  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Surface Area
  • Center of Mass X
  • Center of Mass Y
  • Center of Mass Z
Entities to Monitor Lists the entities you want to monitor, which you select in the graphics area. Entities can include parts, solid bodies, assemblies, or components.
  Value Lists the current value of the property.
For Dimension sensors:
Dimension to Monitor Lists the entities you want to monitor, which you select in the graphics area.
  Value Lists the current value of the dimension.
For Interference Detection sensors:
Components to Check Lists the entities you want to monitor, which you select in the graphics area. Entities can include components or the entire assembly.
  Value Indicates whether or not interferences are detected between the selected entities.
  Treat coincidence as interference Reports coincident entities as interferences.
  Show ignored interferences When selected, shows ignored interferences in gray under Results in the Interference Detection PropertyManager. When this option is cleared, ignored interferences are not listed.
  Treat subassemblies as components When selected, sub-assemblies are treated as single components, so interferences between a sub-assembly's components are not reported.
  Include multibody part interferences Reports interferences between bodies within multibody parts.
  Create fasteners folder Segregates interferences between fasteners (such as a nut and bolt) into a separate folder under Results in the Interference Detection PropertyManager.
For Proximity sensors:
  Value Indicates whether or not interferences are detected between the line you define and components you select.
Proximity sensor location Defines the origin of the sensing line. Select a vertex, sketch point, edge (center of edge), or face (center of face).
Proximity sensor direction Defines the direction of the sensing line. Select a straight edge, circular edge, sketch line, planar face, or cylindrical face. If the resulting sensing line extends in the wrong direction, click Reverse direction.
Components to track Lists the entities you want to monitor. Select one or more assembly or subassembly components.
Proximity sensor range Defines the length of the sensing line.

Alert

Alerts notify you immediately when the sensor value deviates from the limits you specify. When a sensor triggers an alert, the sensor is flagged in the FeatureManager design tree. Select Alert and set an operator and limits.

For sensors with numeric values, specify an operator and one or two numeric values. Operators include:


  • is greater than
  • is less than
  • is exactly
  • is not greater than
  • is not less than
  • is not exactly
  • is between
  • is not between
For Interference Detection sensors, specify:
is true Triggers an alert when interference is detected.
is false Triggers an alert when no interference is detected.


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