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solidworks tutorial -surface

type : tutorial ebook - PDF

whats in for audience: exercise solidworks surface tools by designing a shaver

target feature of tutotrial: solidworks surface

features used in tutorial:

  • solidworks sketch
  • solidworks 3d-sketch
  • solidworks surface loft
  • solidworks filled surface
  • solidworks knit surface
  • solidworks surface fillet
  • solidworks extrude

difficulty level: advanced

provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)



solidworks surface tutorial


Please note that this is an advanced tutorial which means I don’t cover basic skills here – like creating a sketch or drawing a line – so if you are a beginner then I suggest you to work on the drone project. That is a solidworks 3d modeling project which I described the designing process from the very beginning to advanced skills.

And the summary of this tutorial:

Here we are going to design a schematic of this shaver:

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And here is my constant primary question before starting any tutorial from you as a designer:

Take another good look at the product, from where should you start to design?

Do you recognize any particular approach to get this done?

Try to answer the questions then start reading the tutorial.

When I look at the shaver I see these curves and sections:

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This is my recommended approach. Define all those sections and add the sidelong curves then loft them all together to make the basic shape. We need 7 sketches and 5 planes to make the above wireframe. 

Sketch 1

  • On the top plane
  • Use solidworks slot tool to draw it
  • The centerline is mid-pointed on the origin



  • On the plane1
  • Draw by slot
  • Centerline mid-pointed on the origin



  • On plane2
  • Draw with solidworks slot
  • Middle point of centerline has a horizontal relation with origin on 5mm distance


Sketch 4

  • On plane3
  • Draw with solidworks slot
  • Middle point of centerline has a horizontal relation with origin on 5mm distance


Sketch 5

  • On plane 5
  • Draw a equilateral triangle first then fillet the vertexes
  • The lowest vertex has a vertical relation with the origin point


then we craete the points to connect the guide curves to profiles in solidworks

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Now we are going to add the first two guide curves using spline. 



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tje two remaining guide curves will be adde using solidworks 3d sketch:

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then we use solidworks loft surface:123 solidworks surface tutorial 17

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now its time to cover the head of the part by another solidworks surface

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This is what we have done so far:

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When you add multiple surfaces to your part they are not connected as one single surface so the lofted surface is not connected to the filled surface here. We need to fillet the sharp edge at the top but first we need to connect the loft and filled surfaces. Solidworks knit surface tool will do the job for us. 

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Now we have one integrated surface and we can do the fillet.

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give some thickness to the surface123 solidworks surface tutorial 24

Make it look like a shaver, add three shaving areas on the top using the extrude tool. 

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Add a power button(optional). 

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This is my finished model:

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change the appearance

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Mission accomplished. We have ourselves a shaver here:

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