An assembly can consist of multiple parts made from different materials. To correctly compute the mass, center of gravity (centroid), and inertia of such assemblies, BricsCAD supports individual densities for components.
A physical material for a mechanical component is defined in the Material property in the Mechanical Browser.
By default, a component inherits the density of the assembly, in which it was inserted into or formed from.
To specify the density
Open the Settings dialog box.
Expand the Property units settings under Drawing / Drafting / Drawing units.
Check the Format mass properties checkbox to enable formatting of mass values with appropriate units.
Click the Mass Properties tool button () on the Assembly ribbon tab
Specify the desired precision in the Mass precision field.
Expand the Density property.
The Mass units setting affects the mass values only . Other mass properties such as density or moments of inertia will be formatted in SI units for the metric system and in imperial units for the imperial system, regardless of the value of the Mass units setting.
To compute the mass properties
Execute the BmMassProp command.
You can compute mass properties for the entire model or for a selection of 3D solids and/or subcomponents. The values of mass, volume, centroid, moments of inertia, products of inertia, radii of gyration, principal monents and X-Y-Z directions about centroid are reported in the command bar.
Optionally you can align the User Coordinate System with the inertia axes, as a result the center of masscentroid of the component lies at the origin of UCS, which can be useful to investigate the behavior of a product under gravity force.