SOLIDWORKS Surface

Using Geodesic Offsets on Complex Curves in SOLIDWORKS

My architect friend was recently commissioned to design a community center. His client’s mandate was that the building had to be pointing to a monument on the other side of the world. My friend did not see this as a problem and proceeded to design the structure. When he presented his project, the client was appalled because it seemed like the building was pointed in a totally different direction. My friend tried to explain that he used a geodesic path to point the building in right direction. He said that if he used the Euclidian method, the building would be pointing infinitely into space, or he would have to point the building into the Earth. It became a heated debate between my friend and the client and suffice it to say he ended up not getting the commission in the end. My friend may have been able to make his…

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How to use SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude without Pre-drawing a Sketch

Using the SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude feature, we can extrude the boundary edges of a face of a solid body or edges of a surface body in a customized direction. When we run the Extruded Surface command, two things can happen: Either a sketch is active or preselected or no sketches exists. In case no sketches exists or is selected, a message in yellow color shows in the property manager window on the left. The message is guiding us to select a sketch or a planar face to start drawing a sketch for extrusion purpose. In addition, the message guides us to extrude from a 3D face or use “Alt + planar face” to extrude. In the following picture, three different SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude features are demonstrated using the above method: A planar face of a rectangular cube is extruded. Also, a planar surface body is used to extrude its boundary…

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