Course info
Jan 13, 2015
2h 2m

Throughout these SolidWorks tutorials, we'll cover a number of methods to create a wheel blade bracket. We'll look at the different options associated with the draft feature and an alternative design using surfacing tools. The draft feature is often associated with Mold Tools, which specializes in the design of molds for plastic injection molding. Using just the default settings the draft feature simply creates an angled surface on a part so that it will easily break away from the mold. However, when going beyond the basics the tool will create useful and sometimes exotic forms that are difficult to produce using the typical SolidWorks modeling tools. At the end of this tutorial, an analysis of the form of our solid model with its complicated angles and surfaces will show some undesirable and unnatural geometry on the corners of our bends that is hard to avoid and correct using solid modeling techniques. Therefore, we'll delete our solid model features and, using the leftover sketch geometry of our solid model, recreate our part using various surfacing tools as well as discussing options and traps along the way. At the end of this SolidWorks training, our model will be much more natural and uniform, allowing for the creation of a sheet metal flat pattern from its final form. 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 14 years of computer-aided design experience, both in industry and in teaching college students. I specialize in various CAD programs including AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. I also provide design and prototyping services and training using 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 prairie windmill wheel blade bracket that will include some complex geometry. Some key takeaways from watching this course include an introduction to and a toolbar tool or other various options with the draft feature. You will also learn about the application of various surfacing techniques to solve some geometry problems on our model, and apply the Sheet Metal Tool to create a flat pattern of our design along with various techniques and options. By the end of the tutorial you will have created a part that will be ready for insertion into our virtual assembly with the windmill wheel blade, and with the sheet metal flat pattern ready for fabrication in the shop. I'm excited to work with Digital-Tutors and share these techniques with you. So let's get started with our first lesson.