SOLIDWORKS - Advanced Filleting Techniques

This course will show you all the capabilities within SOLIDWORKS' Fillet feature, with examples of when to use them, and the pros and cons of each.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 17, 2016
Duration
58m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 17, 2016
Duration
58m
Description

Simple circular fillets taught at beginner level SOLIDWORKS cannot create the complex geometries needed from ergonomic or molded part design. In this course, SOLIDWORKS - Advanced Filleting Techniques, you'll see many alternative filleting methods for creating these shapes, which can give you a lot of control over these blends. While modeling a plastic gas can from scratch, you will be introduced to the fillet and chamfer features in their entirety. Failing fillet features will also be seen, and new fillets will be used to fix them. By the end of this course, you will have a solid grasp of the fundamentals, best practices, and familiarity with the filleting tool so the fastest, and best option can be used during your CAD modeling process. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.

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About the author

Shivani Patel is an Application Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. An aerospace engineer by training, she has been using SOLIDWORKS and other CAD tools for 6 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Shivani Patel, and welcome to my course SOLIDWORKS - Advanced Filleting Techniques. I'm an elite applications engineer with GoEngineer and a certified SOLIDWORKS expert. This SOLIDWORKS training will begin with the most basic of tasks in fillets and chamfers. So if you are new to SOLIDWORKS, that's okay. As we build our model together, you'll get practice with the fundamentals, and by the end of the first module you'll have heard all the best practices we recommend to keep model performance high, and you'll know the most common filleting techniques so you can modify your designs efficiently. If you're more familiar with filleting, take a closer look at the more specific clips of this course. We are going to go into depth on particular fillet options and parameters, discuss precisely what they mean, and then learn how to use them in various troubleshooting scenarios. By the end of this course, you'll be able to build ergonomic shapes with the confidence that you're modeling them the best way possible. Thanks guys for tuning in, and I hope you'll join me in this deep dive into blended edges with the SOLIDWORKS - Advanced Filleting Techniques course here at Pluralsight.

Commonly Used Chamfers and Fillets
In this first module, Commonly Used Chamfers and Fillets, we're going to build the majority of a plastic gas can. We want a smooth ergonomic shape to make the jug easy to handle and easier to manufacture. Building the basic geometry will be simple, but as we start to round off edges we will run into trouble. Let's go to our overview and see what aspects of fillets and chamfers we'll learn in this first module. We have to start with an introduction to the fillet and chamfer features. We will begin the jug from scratch using techniques like sketch fillets, and then moving into overarching categories like constant size fillets, face fillets, and full round fillets. By the end of the module, we will have completed the shape of the handle and the majority of the body's shape. This should give us a solid grasp on the fundamentals. Mixed into the workflow, we will see how the more commonly used options in these two features affect the final curves. Sometimes it may be that the fillet or chamfer cannot form unless we use particular options. Finally, a third major talking point will be best practices on when fillets should be used and what order they should be added to our part files in relation to part performance and future design changes. We will begin in the next clip within a new part file using SOLIDWORKS 2016.

Fillet Options and Troubleshooting
In this second module, Fillet Options and Troubleshooting, we are going to complete the plastic gas can. There are still some sharp edges near the spout, which we will need to round off. We'll modify those using methods we have not seen before, and we will spend more time fine-tuning the exact shape we desire from the fillet. Let's go to our overview and see what other aspects of fillets and chamfers we'll learn in the second module. Within the fillet types, the majority of the fillet's shape is defined within the Parameters drop-down. We have seen some of the parameter's choices already, like symmetry and conics, but we will see the rest now in the context of either/or scenarios. The fourth type of fillet, the variable sized fillet, is useful when you need a high level of control over the shape of the fillet, and so we will discuss all of its options. Finally, we'll come back to the bad edge we created in the first module to see it create a very curvy fillet, and we'll see how highly curved faces can affect the Shell tool. This way, we can discuss what default options are trying to do and then find a way around it. Let's get started.