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 ask me all the time what areas of SolidWorks to study in order to do their job effectively. Part modeling? Mold Design? Surfacing? Assemblies?
The short answer is ALL of THEM! The main difference between an user who is familiar with just a few areas inside SolidWorks, versus one who is comfortable with using almost anything available in the software, is the versatility of the second. He or she would be able to combine various workflows from all these topics and create powerful and unorthodox new techniques that can achieve the desired intent much faster.
In this video, I will show you an example where using various techniques from multibody part modeling, surface modeling and mold tools save a lot of time, while achieving the design intent.
Note: Many thanks to Peter Parker for the fan model and for all the questions.
You are a tool and die designer and your customer has just sent you an IGES file containing a solid with a complex face which has to be used as reference for your embossing die. In order to create your punch and die inserts, you need to isolate that surface and extend it. If you can do that, you will take the job, if not - you have to refuse it. Read More »
Alin Vargatu, a distinguished AE for Javelin, asked me to write a guest blogger article for Javelin’s blog. I’ve seen some of Alin’s very helpful comments to complex users questions in the SolidWorks Forum, and I’ve come to know him as one of the good guys when it comes to reseller technical folks. I’m a bit flattered to have a reseller ask me to contribute to their blog, especially one of the stature of Javelin.
Alin suggested a surfacing topic most relevant to the biggest number of SolidWorks users out there: How do you convince surfacing skeptics about the benefits that SolidWorks surfacing could bring to them?
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