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steve.west

Alternative Applications for Roller Chain Designer

Status: New Idea
by Contributor steve.west on ‎02-11-2013 01:32 PM

I would like to see the ability to use Roller Chain Designer to design systems where the chain is NOT a loop or part of a drive. We use roller chain to connect a furnace door to a counterweight (see photo). This would be very useful.

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by sparkin208 on ‎04-25-2013 02:02 PM

I agree. Chains get used in alot of situations outside of just loops. There are times where chains can be used to move something around a corner using an idler sprocket and I haven't been able to figure out a good way to constrain that to show the actual movement.  Along with chains a similar setup for cable or rope around pulleys or guides would be nice. 

by Contributor steve.west on ‎04-25-2013 03:49 PM
Yes! Good point about the cable. We use cables as well and these are a pain to model; plus you can't get motion constraints.

Best Regards
Steve West
Design Engineer
Alltherm Engineering Ltd
Designers & Manufacturers of Thermal Processing Equipment

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by Valued Mentor on ‎07-25-2013 08:02 PM
The Roller Chain DA is great. But it needs the ability to make chain/sprocket couplings (2 simplex sprockets inline with a piece of duplex chain around the 2 teeth runs and a chain link). The DA can't be used to create this chain run. Currently I custom model the chain as a loop around the sprocket teeth.

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