Surface

How to Reduce the Number of Edges for an Imported Surface?

How many times have you imported a neutral format file (STEP, Parasolid, IGES) in SolidWorks and encountered challenges when working on it? Let me give you an example regarding edges: “How many open edges does the surface from fig. 1 have?”

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Introducing Andrew Lowe – Winner of the 2011 Rocket Design Competition

Today I got the chance to chat with Andrew Lowe, the 2011  Winner of the Rocket Award for Best in Show at the 2011 Rocket Design Competition. Beside being an young but accomplished industrial designer, Andrew is also the author of a very interesting and useful article posted…

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How to prepare pictures of real parts or hand drawn sketches as input for SOLIDWORKS 3D models

Remote Control Sketched Elevations

As SOLIDWORKS users, sometimes we have to convert hand drawn sketch into SOLIDWORKS model provided by a creative professional, such as an industrial designer. Quickly adjusting the images in Adobe Photoshop can provide more accurate results when the images are used as modelling aids in…

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I bet you did not know this sketch relation existed – “Equal Curvature” between a spline and a surface

As we learnt in the first minutes of our first Surface Modeling lesson, the Holy Grail for the “shape designers” is the creation of class “A” surfaces: those smooth, curvature continuous entities pleasing to the eye and pleasant to the touch, found everywhere nowadays – from the…

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SOLIDWORKS Extend Surface command does not work with my model?

You are a tool and die designer and your customer has just sent you an IGES file containing a solid with a complex face which has to be used as reference for your embossing die. In order to create your punch and die inserts, you…

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Let’s get picky and use the Selection Manager

Dan Johnson asks this question in the SolidWorks Forum: I am trying to create a handle that is part of a scanner body and I made my curves using a 3D sketch. When I try and make either a loft or boundary surface, I try to grab just one curve in my 3DSketch, but it wants to grab the entire 3DSketch. How do I select just 1 curve for my profile? I tried the right mouse click, selection filter, but it grabs the entire 3d sketch too. Can anyone help?

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