Imported Body

SolidWorks Tutorial – Import Diagnostics (3) – Troubleshooting and Healing [VIDEO]

This is the third in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. As we discovered in the second article of this series, the Import Diagnostics is a good tool for troubleshooting topological errors. It can also be used for fixing most of them automatically, or semi-automatically (as shown in the first article). I was searching for a great case study of a model with a lot of imported geometry errors that could be healed completely inside the Import Diagnostics dialog box. Fortunately David Bernick posted an excellent example on the SolidWorks Forum. Watch this video in order to fully appreciate the power of the Import Diagnostics tool:  

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (2) – The Manual Healing Technique [VIDEO]

This is the second in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. Yesterday we presented a simple case study of using the Import Diagnostics tool inside SolidWorks for troubleshooting and fixing errors in an imported body. While that workflow did not use the automatic healing options inside the Import Diagnostics tool, it allowed the user to find the parasite face that created the problem and manually remove it, thus healing the solid body. Today we will take a look at a more difficult problem where the topological errors are so complex that neither the automatic, nor the manual tools inside the Import Diagnostics could heal the solid body. That being said, the Import Diagnostics is still very valuable for its troubleshooting functionality. In this case, it will reveal that the problem is created by multiple overlapping faces, as you can see in Fig. 1. For…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (1) – “Face Piercing Through Solid” Error [VIDEO]

 This week, we will post a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. Two designers of different nationalities can communicate using a lingua franca, a language that is not native to either of them, but which is known (to a certain degree) by both. It is also called a bridge language. Let’s consider a Dutch talking to a Chinese in English. The Dutch will think in his/hers mother tongue and translate those thoughts in English. The Chinese will hear the English words and will translate them in Mandarin or Cantonese in order to process the information in a language that is familiar. How accurate will this communication be? That depends on a lot of factors: How well the Dutch speaks English How well the Chinese understands English If there is a direct translation of the Dutch words and expressions in English If not,…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Direct Modeling to modify an imported model without feature history [VIDEO]

Direct Modeling

How can you modify a model without history? Use the SOLIDWORKS direct modeling tools to reverse engineer an existing model. When you need to create tooling or fixtures for your customer parts, it is often necessary to remove all the details that will not be produced by your tooling, or features which are simply not required for modeling your fixture. This process becomes more complicated when the model you receive from your customer has been created with different CAD software. That means you will import only the geometry of the part, without the feature history that created it. Reverse engineer/model an imported part Trying to reverse engineer the part in order to discover how the model has been created is detective work. Less experienced SOLIDWORKS users will try to guess how the part looked early in the modeling process by adding or removing material, using features such as the Extrude-Boss or Extrude-Cut. This can be a very tedious process, with a…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Direct Modeling [VIDEO]

Some people will be shocked by the title of this article. How can you say that SolidWorks can do direct modeling when every operation you perform on the model is documented in the feature tree? Let me start by saying that if the definition of direct modeling includes loosing track of the operations you perform on the affected geometry, then SolidWorks does not have direct modeling capabilities. But if you need to modify existing solid bodies, regardless of how they were created, then I can tell you that SolidWorks has the capabilities that you are looking for! This video present a very good example on how you can perform a complex change affecting a local area of an imported body using SolidWorks. The update is…

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Imported Bodies Video Series – 3. Repairing an Imported Model (Automatic Selection of Open Edges Using a Macro) [VIDEO]

In the first episode of this series I deleted a faulty face from an imported model, only to re-create it using the planar surface feature in the second episode. I hope you remember how cumbersome it was to select all those unconnected open loops in order to define the boundary of the new planar surface. Fortunately, any repetitive manual work could easily be performed by macros (the equivalent of industrial robots in SolidWorks). It actually took less than 5 minutes for my colleague Adam Bridgman, who is teaching the SolidWorks Visual Basic and the SolidWorks API courses here at Javelin, to write a macro for selecting all the open edges from a part. As you will see in the third video of this series, re-creating a planar surface with a…

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