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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Streamlines Surface Trimming Workflow with Offset On Surface

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated October 5, 2016

Offset of Surface ButtonAmong the many new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 are features that “Clean Up” or simplify the entire process of creating some types of models — the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool is one of these. Let’s see how this tool can be put to use.

Take a look at the following example of this complex surface from which we would like to remove the center and leave a “Ribbon” around the outside of the shape.

Use of the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool will permit us to easily generate a complex 3D sketch that exactly matches the surface. The resulting 3D sketch can then be used for a trim operation in order to finish up the feature.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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