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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…

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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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Troubleshooting the Offset and Thicken Surface Commands

How many times have you tried offsetting a set of faces only to get the error shown in fig. 1? Most likely there are some faces that will disapear or will go through other faces during the offset. The actual challenge is pinpointing these faces and eliminating…

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Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

As a former Tool and Die designer I came to appreciate the power of SolidWorks when designing Embossing Dies. Most of the times, I would use the face of the part sent by my customer for either “Extrude to Surface” or “Cut with Surface” commands as a reference in designing my embossing punches and die sections. There are situations when this approach does not work. One workaround, involving the “Thicken Cut” command is presented in this video (no audio provided):

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