Understanding the Surface Modeling Tools in SOLIDWORKS

In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, we'll learn how to utilize surface modeling tools. Software required: SolidWorks 2012 and higher.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Jul 7, 2015
Duration
1h 54m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Jul 7, 2015
Duration
1h 54m
Description

In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, we'll learn how to utilize surface modeling tools. We'll start by jumping right into our first surfacing tool, the extruded surface. We'll then look at the planar surface tool to cap the ends of our housing and the revolved surface tool for the vertical shaft. From there, we'll use the surface trim tool to cut away the surfaces we don't need and add some fillets before we knit them all together into a single surface body. After we apply the thicken tool, we'll finish the tutorial by looking at the other modeling techniques and cover some issues that may become apparent when using surfacing. By the end of this SOLIDWORKS training, you'll leave with a good understanding of the use of various surfacing tools along with the ability to compare these techniques to the more familiar solid modeling techniques so you can determine which one may be the better approach when working on your own designs. Software required: SolidWorks 2012 and higher.

About the author
About the author

Chris Scarlett is a teacher and designer with 14 years of experience in Computer Aided Design program at various schools, a regional engineering firm, and for many of his own clients.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Chris Scarlett. I'm a certified SolidWorks professional with 15 years of Computer Aided Design experience, both in the industry and in teaching the college students, specializing in various CAD programs, including AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. I also provide design and prototyping services and _____ trainings in SolidWorks for various clients in our area, plus I enjoy working on my own design projects. In this course, we're going to create a vintage windmill engine housing using SolidWorks surfacing tools. Some key takeaways from watching this course include the use of various surfacing tools, such as the Extruded Surface, Planar Surface, Revolve Surface, plus some surface modification tools, such as the Trim Surface, Mid Surface, and the Thicken Tool. We will also talk about surface bodies and the solid bodies that get created, and we'll share various tips along the way, traps to avoid, and how to repair your model when it breaks. By the end of the tutorial, you will have learned how to create a moderately complex surface model of an engine housing, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of using SolidWorks surfacing tools. You will also gain a perspective on when surface modeling may be appropriate to use over traditional solid modeling techniques. I'm excited to work with Digital-Tutors and share these techniques with you. So let's get started with our first lesson.