Puppy Love with SOLIDWORKS Weldments

by Brian Johnson

The Issue

This beautiful puppy girl is my eleven-year-old yellow Labrador, Abby. To me, it really doesn’t matter how old a dog is, I refer to all of them as “puppies.”

My family and I live in a ranch home on a 1 1/2 acre lot. Abby can run with our two other labs but they are much younger. We noticed she’s been a little bit slow coming up the stairs into the house. It is a lot more noticeable after a day of sprinting up and down the fence line chasing every car that drives down our street.

The Idea

Build a ramp!  I started this project by taking measurements of the porch height off the ground. I then calculated what a good gradual angle of approach would be and begin to sketch out a design.

Hold that pencil, I have SOLIDWORKS, to the com-put-er!”

I launch SOLIDWORKS and start a new part file. I immediately click on the Weldments tab and begin a 3D sketch. That’s right folks; you can download all the dimensional lumber profiles or create your own. This gives me the power of SOLIDWORKS Weldments to easily adjust my design and create an accurate cut list so I know exactly how much lumber I need to purchase. No more days of buying extra to account for scrap.

The Build

With my handy-dandy cut list, I go to my local lumber reseller and purchase the exact amount of lumber needed. Once I am home, I get out my miter box and start making some sawdust.

After some cutting, sorting & stacking of my lumber; it was time to start the assembly.

I place board by board together and attach them with screws and there you have it!  We have a ramp that’s ready-made for an aging puppy.

The Results

Now, the younger labs love using the ramp. However, Abby is still holding on to her youth and almost refusing to use the ramp unless we walk her up it.

 

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About Brian Johnson

Brian is an Application Engineer for GoEngineer and has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 1999. The first half of his career was in the automotive and RV industries covering a wide spectrum of manufacturing processes and design from plastic injection, sheet metal, roll forming. He also spent a couple of years as a CNC programmer on precision routers, punch presses and lasers. The latter half of his career was in the oilfield technology as an equipment designer and CAD/PLM administrator. Brian is very dedicated to simplification and learning day to day operations. He is familiar with Lean Six Sigma and knowledgeable of both ASME welding and GD&T standards.

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