Throughout these lessons, we will use various tools and techniques to build a carbon-fiber road bike frame with complex surface geometry. Bicycle frames are a seemingly simple geometry, especially when made from tubular steel or aluminum. However, when made from carbon fiber, the options for surface curvature throughout the frame, especially where transitions take place, is a challenge for many SOLIDWORKS users. We will step through the process of creating complex surface geometry by using simple tools combined strategically with more advanced surfacing features. The outcome will be one super-cool road bike frame. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2015.
Introduction and Project Overview Hi everyone, my name is Dave Prince. I'm an Industrial Designer with a wide range of professional experience. This experience ranges from simple, small, hand-held tools, to large complex assemblies. And from high-level concept design to refined jewelry design. I've also done a fair amount of freelance photography, which is always great for a nice change of pace. Now, in this course, we're going to explore how to build complex geometry in the form of a carbon-fiber road bike frame. Some of the key take-aways from watching this course will include learning how to properly lay out your model structure with a simple, defined sketch at the beginning of your tree, how to create an organized folder with useful reference geometry based on the previously mentioned sketch. Also, how to build complex geometry with a range of tools, including both simple and more advanced surfacing techniques. By the end of this training, you'll be much more confident in creating a challenging model by mixing up the tools you normally use with some more advanced techniques. I'm excited to share these tips and techniques with you. So let's get started with the first lesson.