Surfacing

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015! – The Split Feature can now split Surface Bodies! [VIDEO]

Split Surface Bodies

As we climb up the steep hill that is the list of new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2015, I wanted to peddle backwards for a moment to a feature that is a tad underused by most SolidWorks users – The Split Feature. This tool gives us the…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Premium! – Flatten Surfaces [VIDEO]

I think my favorite new feature of this 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS Premium is definitely the Flatten Surface functionality. Over the years I have had plenty of opportunities where this function would have directly saved customers a ton of time, money and effort in attempting…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (4) – Sheet Metal Conversion [VIDEO]

This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. After we demonstrated the power of the Import Diagnostics tool for healing topological errors in imported geometry, today we will consider a completely different case study;…

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How to Create a Jack-O-Lantern in SolidWorks

  In the spirit of Halloween which is a couple of weeks away, I am going to show you a couple of surface modeling tools that can be used to create a Jack-O-Lantern. In this article, I am going to use Revolved Surface, Split Lines,…

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Alin’s SW 2013 Pick of the Day – Fill External Cavities with Discrete Bodies Using the Intersect Tool

Last week I showed you how to use the new Intersect tool for simplifying your model by filling its internal cavities. Today let’s consider the situation where you need to fill the external cavities from the Mr. Smiley model with discrete solid bodies in order to 3D print the end result with a bi-material printer from the Objet Connex family. This video proposes two different solutions for this challenge. Can you think of more?

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Tips & Tricks for Consumer Product Design | Tablet Part 2

In part 2 of this tech tip video, I will show to how to complete the curvature continuous surfaces started in the last video by finishing the tricky corner of our tablet.

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Tips & Tricks for Consumer Product Design | Replace Face

In this tech tip video, I explain how to use the replace face command to add a bit of “crowning” to flat surface to increase its visual appeal and also make it easier to mold.

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Save Time Creating a Complex SOLIDWORKS Mold Split [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Mold

People ask me all the time what areas of SOLIDWORKS to study in order to do their job effectively. Part modeling? Mold Design? Surfacing? Assemblies? The short answer is ALL of THEM! The main difference between a user who is familiar with just a few areas inside SOLIDWORKS,…

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Advanced Modeling: Degenerate Surface

Surfacing technique is a very powerful one.  It can help users create complex shapes, but it can also cause geometry problems if you are not careful. Let’s talk about one type of surface which will give you trouble when you attempt to thicken the surface…

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