SOLIDWORKS Surfacing

SOLIDWORKS Instructor Led Training

Learning Surface Modeling unlocks the full potential of SOLIDWORKS as a modeling tool. You will learn how to fine-tune any small detail of a SOLIDWORKS model by controlling its topology; manipulating the “underlining” fabric of one or more faces in order to achieve the desired result. Hybrid modeling techniques, combining surfacing and solid methods are keys for creating complex shapes. A special lesson is dedicated to troubleshooting errors and repairing imported geometry. 

 

Course details and prerequisites:

Take In-class: 2 Days
OR Online: 4 Days (4 hours/day)
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Advanced

Prerequisites:

After the training you will be able to:
  • Create complex surface designs using Loft and Sweep
  • Repair imported geometry using SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools
  • Use surfaces to help you create complex parts
  • Use a master part model to create different versions of your design

 

The instructor was able to go off the beaten path to accommodate our questions. This course has certainly opened my mind to different ways of doing things; and is a very efficient way of training in my opinion.

Jake DeCoste, Ultra Electronics


 

 

Course Outline

Introduction

  • About This Course 
  • Using this Book 
  • Windows® 7 
  • Use of Color 
  • Icons 
  • Hide/Show Tree Items

Lesson 1: Understanding Surfaces 

  • Solids and Surfaces 
  • Working with Surface Bodies 
  • Why Use Surfaces? 
  • Continuity Explained 
  • Workflow with Surfaces

Lesson 2: Introduction to Surfacing 

  • Similarities Between Solid and Surface Modeling 
  • Basic Surfacing

Lesson 3: Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling 

  • Hybrid Modeling 
  • Using Surfaces to Modify Solids 
  • Interchanging Between Solids and Surfaces 
  • Performance Implications 
  • Surfaces as Construction Geometry 
  • Alternative to Trim, Knit, and Thicken 
  • Making Copies of Faces

Lesson 4: Repairing and Editing Imported Geometry 

  • Importing Data 
  • Repairing and Editing Imported Geometry

Lesson 5: Advanced Surface Modeling 

  • Stages in the Process 
  • Ruled Surfaces 
  • Lofting Surfaces 
  • Modeling the Lower Half 
  • Conclusion 
  • Design Changes

Lesson 6: Blends and Patches 

  • Complex Blends 
  • Smoothing Patches 
  • Boundary Surface 
  • Freeform Feature 
  • Corner Blends

Lesson 7: Master Model Techniques 

  • Introduction to Master Models 
  • Surface Master Model Technique 
  • Working with a Solid Master Model
  • Specialized Features for Plastic Parts
  • SOLIDWORKS Explorer

 

Example

Learn how to switch from surfaces to solids

Learn how to use Surfaces as constuction geometry and switch from surfaces to solids

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Example

Learn how to switch from surfaces to solids

Learn how to create smooth shaped forms using the Ruled and Loft surface tools

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Example

Learn how to create Blends and Patches

Learn how to create Blends and Patches to generate complex models and surfaces

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