Today let’s consider the situation where you need to fill the external cavities from the Mr. Smiley model with discrete solid bodies in order to 3D print the end result with a bi-material printer from the Objet Connex family.
This video proposes two different solutions for this challenge. Can you think of more?
People who have seen it in action say that the Intersect Tool is a Game Changer.
Imagine you take existing surface bodies, solid bodies and even planes and throw them in a boiling pot. Let them intersect themselves for a while (about half a second), then pick and choose whatever pieces or combination of pieces you need. The result is spectacular: one or more solid bodies created very fast.
Once you master this new command, you will find out that your feature tree becomes quite a bit shorter!
Intersect can replace whole clusters of features like: Split, Combine Add, Combine Subtract, Combine Common, Trim, Copy Bodies, Delete Bodies, Cut with Surface or Replace Face.
In this video, I am just playing with the Intersect Tool. Watch how I conjure a solid out of thin air.
Enjoy the magic!
Of course, we will explore the full functionality of the Intersect Feature in the newer future. Stay tuned.
Andrew received a Bachelor of Industrial Design in April 2011 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He specializes in computer-aided design, manufacturing technologies, model making and graphics. He is also interested in ergonomics, marketing, psychology, perception, innovation, sustainability and the nature of work. Andrew is a competent machinist, having manufactured from scratch a cast aluminum wheelchair for his final design thesis. His design work focuses on minimalism, with an emphasis on materials and distinct lack of decoration.
As SolidWorks users, sometimes we have to create a 3D part from a sketch provided by a creative professional, such as an industrial designer. Quickly adjusting the images in Adobe Photoshop can provide more accurate results when the images are used as modelling aids in SolidWorks.
This post originates from a discussion I had with the students in my SolidWorks Essentials class a few months ago. Sometime, in the third day of the course, we decided to take the lunch together so I could to answer all questions in regards to their further training paths.
One particular recommendation provoked quite a stir: I stated that the Surface Modeling course should be taken by any SolidWorks user, not only by industrial designers and “artists”. I mentioned the standard benefits: ability to repair imported solids, gain more control over the design intent and find unique modeling solutions. I also said that in a lot of cases they will save a lot of time using surfaces to modify solids.
At this point, the discussion became a heated debate. Apparently “everybody knows” that surfacing is “very complicated, cumbersome to use and slow”. Students who previously used other CAD software told us how hard it was for them in the past to even understand the surfacing tools found there.
Instead of arguing, I showed them a few quick examples of hybrid modeling (surfaces affecting solids). I just wanted them to remember what they saw if they ever found themselves in situations where standard solid modeling workflows were not good enough or fast enough.
Last week I received a phone call from one of these students, who remembered the demonstration. He wanted to emboss a text to his curved face in such a way that the letters would seem to radiate from the original face; something similar to the model shown in fig. 1.
As we learnt in the first minutes of our first Surface Modeling lesson, the Holy Grail for the “shape designers” is the creation of class “A” surfaces: those smooth, curvature continuous entities pleasing to the eye and pleasant to the touch, found everywhere nowadays – from the flowing curves of your car’s panels to the ergonomic shape of your remote control or your mouse.
During the Advance Surface Modeling course, we also discovered various techniques for applying the curvature continuous condition, but (to my knowledge), we did not explore the Equal Curvature as a sketch relation in the particular situation where a spline is connected to an existing surface.
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