Since I’m pretty terrible at golfing, I’ve decided that designing a golf club head with SOLIDWORKS will make it easier for me to hit the ball. This is the shape of the club’s head:
Creating the Golf Club Head in SOLIDWORKS
So having a concept for a golf club head, I quickly went about creating it in SOLIDWORKS. Given the very organic shape of it, a Loft feature seemed like the best command to use. Since I wanted this to be hollow, I tried a few techniques.
I started by using a Lofted Boss/Base. This created the solid as I would have expected, but I wanted to make a consistent wall thickness around this. My dimensions made up the inside, so I tried to apply a Shell feature with the option for Shell Outward. This failed to work, and all I got was an error message telling me that:
The shell operation failed to complete. One of the faces may offset into an adjacent face, a small face may need to be eliminated, or one of the faces may have a radius of curvature which is smaller than the shell thickness…
Needless to say, it didn’t work, and with the golf tournament a few weeks away, I don’t have a lot of time to figure out why.
Then, as you’ll see in the video, I try to create it using a Thin Feature without any more success.
Finally, I tried creating it using a Surface Loft. This worked nicely until I tried to thicken it. As you’ll see in the video below, I get an error message such as
Failed to offset or face could not be deleted
Solving the challenge with Offset Surface
So, although Thicken didn’t work, I was able to use Offset Surface in conjunction with a Split Line to narrow down where the problem was occurring. Sometimes, this method of dividing the faces can make it easier to perform the offset command. Even if it does not fix the issue, I am able to complete 90% of my offset, then perform other operations to manually fix up the region where the offset isn’t working.