Surface Modeling

Create a solid from an enclosed volume using the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command

The Thicken feature has a hidden option you may not be aware of! If you do any amount of surfacing work you should be familiar with the Knit feature, which gives you the ability to create solid body from surface bodies. Did you know the Thicken feature has a very similar option? The trick to getting this hidden option to show is to select ONE fully enclosed surface body. As shown in the example below an enclosed revolved surface has been created: When the Thicken command is applied you can select the create volume from enclosed volume to generate a solid body as shown in the figure below: I like to use this option as a simple check to ensure that I’ve successfully merged all my intended surface bodies together and that there are no small gaps. Learn more about Surfacing Take our SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling training course either live…

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Solving SOLIDWORKS surfacing challenges when designing a Golf Club head [VIDEO]

Since I’m pretty terrible at golfing, I’ve decided that designing a golf club head with SOLIDWORKS will make it easier for me to hit the ball. This is the shape of the club’s head: Creating the Golf Club Head in SOLIDWORKS So having a concept for a golf club head, I quickly went about creating it in SOLIDWORKS. Given the very organic shape of it, a Loft feature seemed like the best command to use. Since I wanted this to be hollow, I tried a few techniques. Surfacing Challenges I started by using a Lofted Boss/Base. This created the solid as I would have expected, but I wanted to make a consistent wall thickness around this. My dimensions made up the inside, so I tried to apply a Shell feature with the option for Shell Outward. This failed to work, and all I got was an error message telling me that:…

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SOLIDWORKS Boundary Surface Fillet [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Boundary Surface

In this tech tip video, I show how to use a SOLIDWORKS Boundary Surface to manually build a high quality curvature continuous fillet between two surfaces. The size of the fillet is driven by a normal fillet feature. Learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Boundary Surface Attend a SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling training course either online or in a Canadian classroom near you.

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SOLIDWORKS Surfacing Techniques: Embossing on Non-Planar Faces

This post originates from a discussion I had with students in my SOLIDWORKS Essentials training course a few months ago. Some time, in the third day of the course, we decided to take lunch together so I could answer all questions in regards to their further training paths. One particular recommendation provoked quite a stir: I stated that the SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling training course should be taken by every SOLIDWORKS user, not only by industrial designers and “artists”. I mentioned the standard benefits: ability to repair imported solids, gain more control over the design intent and find unique modeling solutions. I also said that in a lot of cases they will save a lot of time using surfaces to modify solids. At this point, the discussion became a heated debate. Apparently “everybody knows” that surfacing is “very complicated, cumbersome to use and slow”. Students who previously used other CAD software told…

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