SOLIDWORKS users often need to create complex or repeating features, but these features can be time-consuming to generate, especially on complex models. Some designs, such as a textured surface or a grip, require textures or bumps which can be functional or just for aesthetic purposes. SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces a new 3D Texture Tool that leverages an image file, turning its appearance directly into a 3D mesh body that is ready for downstream processing or 3D printing.
The workflow for the process is:
- Isolate faces of the model to be 3D printed using the SOLIDWORKS Split feature
- Apply 2D textures to the split faces
- Use the SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D Texture feature for displacement mapping
- Layout the part on a 3D print tray
- Print the part with textures on a Stratasys F123 3D printer
Watch the video below to learn how SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D Texture tool works with Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers:
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