Comment utiliser les outils de congé dans SOLIDWORKS

Article by Danny Velicu updated May 4, 2023

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One of the most essential tools in SOLIDWORKS is the fillet tool, which helps round or chamfer the edges of a model. There are many variations of the fillet tool, each with its own characteristics and properties, and in this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of fillet tools in SOLIDWORKS.

fillet typesConstant Size Fillet

The constant size fillet tool creates a fillet with a fixed radius size. This tool is the most commonly used fillet tool in SOLIDWORKS and is ideal for creating simple fillets with the same size radius. If creating fillets of multiple radius sizes, sometimes it is best to use multiple constant-size features.

To create a constant-size fillet:

  • Select the edge(s) you want to fillet.
  • Click on the “Fillet” button in the toolbar.
  • Enter the desired radius size in the pop-up window.
  • Click “OK” to create the fillet.

fillet parameters

Within the fillet feature property manager, you also have the ability to adjust the fillet parameters. This allows you to adjust the profile and symmetry of the fillet as well.

fillet parameters

Variable Size Fillet

The variable size fillet tool is similar to the constant size in terms of available settings, but variable sizing allows you to create fillets along an edge that has a different radius at the beginning vs the end of that edge. This tool is useful for creating more complex models with varying fillet sizes.

To create a variable size fillet:

  • Select the edge(s) you want to fillet.
  • Click on the “Fillet” button in the toolbar.
  • Select “Variable Size Fillet” from the pop-up window.
  • Use the handles to adjust the radius size along the edge(s).
  • Click “OK” to create the fillet.

variable size fillet tool

The system will automatically create control points along the edge at 25%, 50%, and 75% increments that you can use to further define the progression of the varying radius size along the fillet. You can add additional control points or manipulate existing ones as needed to reach your desired result.

control points around face of fillet

Face Fillet

The face fillet tool creates a fillet between two intersecting faces. This tool is useful for creating rounded edges on complex surfaces.

To create a face fillet:

  • Select the two intersecting faces you want to fillet.
  • Click on the “Fillet” button in the toolbar.
  • Select “Face Fillet” from the pop-up window.
  • Enter the desired radius size in the pop-up window.
  • Click “OK” to create the fillet.

SOLIDWORKS Fillets

Full Round Fillet

The full round fillet tool creates a fillet that extends completely around the edge. This tool is useful for creating a rounded edge that blends smoothly into the surrounding surface. This will require you to select three adjacent faces, two opposing faces and a perpendicular face that will be used to bridge them together. When using a full round fillet, a radius is not necessary as the software determines the radius based on the selections.

To create a full round fillet:

  • Click on the “Fillet” button in the toolbar.
  • Select “Full Round Fillet” from the pop-up window.
  • Enter the desired faces in the respective face set windows.
  • Click “OK” to create the fillet.

manual fillet options

SOLIDWORKS provides a variety of fillet tools to create rounded, smooth edges in your models. Although this is an introduction into the robust fillet tool, by understanding the different types of fillet tools available, you can efficiently create complex models with precise fillet sizes and shapes.

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