SOLIDWORKS Sub-D Modeling in 3D Sculptor (xShape App)

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated April 18, 2022


To help overcome difficult modeling challenges, engineers can use new browser-based apps that are fully interoperable with SOLIDWORKS desktop and other 3DEXPERIENCE apps. SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor (xShape App) is a web-browser based, 3D subdivision (sub-D) modeling solution for creating stylized and organic shaped models faster and easier.

Watch the video below to learn how SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor is used from start to finish on an organic design:

Building Concepts with Sub-D Modeling, fast and easy

SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor addresses the concept workflow head on. 3D Sculptor provides subdivisional (sub-d) modeling to power the creation of complex geometry and organic shapes: fast and easy. You start with something akin to a ball of clay that you can push, pull, and stretch. You progressively add more handles that allow you to control the geometry with increasing fidelity.

SOLIDWORKS Sub-d Modeling

SOLIDWORKS Sub-d Modeling

Using SOLIDWORKS desktop or SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator, provides more traditional parametric modeling tools, augments this sub-d modeling approach. As needed, you can add curves and surfaces as features. You can mix and match these tools as much as you need to get the job done. These two apps, SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor (xShape) and SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator (xDesign), both work tightly with SOLIDWORKS and all the other 3DEXPERIENCE apps. With these tools, you get the best of all worlds. You can create and modify complex geometry, fast and easy, and eliminate the non-value added tasks of the prior approaches.

Beyond the improvements to existing workflows, the flexibility of these tools empowers new activities. Mechanical engineers can explore organic shapes independently. Industrial designers and digital sculptors can experiment with fine-tuned parametric modeling. Each can expand their respective skill sets. These apps, 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator, make every role in concept design more productive.

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