115 solidworks surface

free solidworks tutorial-surface

type : tutorial ebook - PDF

whats in for audience: lesson to exercise solidworks surface

target feature of tutotrial: solidworks surface

features used in tutorial:

  • solidworks sketch
  • solidworks surface loft
  • solidworks refrence geometry
  • solidworks surface extrude
  • solidworks surface trim
  • solidworks surface fill
  • solidworks body delete
  • solidworks surface knit

difficulty level: advanced

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solidworks tutorial-surface

You will create this webcam head during the tutorial:

1 115 solidworks surface tutorial

In this  tutorial Iassume that you know the  basic of solidworks and you should know how to interactively work with the software. this means that you should know how to open a sketch, define a plane  and .... if you don’t know the basics you can visit the solidworks beginner tutorials.

If you  had any questions don't hesitate and ask me . I always will be there for  you . this  tutorial is free and if you purchased it you are robbed .now go ahead and start designing with me my friend.

What we use to accomplish this model :

  • Plane
  • Sketch
  • Line , point , circle , ellipse
  • Surface loft
  • Surface extrude
  • Surface trim
  • Surface fill
  • Surface knit
  • Thicken
  • Body delete

The object of the tutorial is so funny and it’s surface curvature convinced me to select it as a surface tutorial . I have a webcam which it’s head is just like this so the dimensions and the shape are real . I’m seeing it right now on my desk . for me it was a lot fun to model it and I hope it could be so for you .

Lets get to it .

First we are going to create the main body . take a look at it :

2 115 solidworks surface tutorial basic

We create this shape by surface loft and for the loft we need some sketches (seven sketches to be precise) . here is a preview of all the necessary sketches :

3 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketches

We are going to create all of these sketches. Draw them just like the bellow pictures :

Sketch1 on font plane:

3 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch1

Define new plane for next sketch:

4 115 solidworks surface tutorial plane1window

5 115 solidworks surface tutorial plane1position

Sketch2 on plane1 : 

6 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch2

Define plane2 for next sketch:

7 115 solidworks surface tutorial plane2

8 115 solidworks surface tutorial plane2position

Sketch3 on plane2 :

9 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch3

Sketch4 on right plane :

10 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch4

If you want the spline to be fully defined you can do it by defining the points . for me it wasn’t necessary

Sketch5 on right plane :

11 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch3

Sketch6 on top plane:

12 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch4

Sketch7 on top plane:

13 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch4

We have all the necessary sketches for the loft . click on the “lofted surface” on surface toolbar and fill the property manager just like bellow and click ok :

14 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface loft window

15 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface loft preview

16 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface loft done

Now we are going to make the speakers . sketch a circle on the right plane just like this :

17 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch

Exit the sketch and click on the “ extruded surface” . fill the window just like this and click ok:

18 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude19 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude preview

As you can see in the picture , we need to cut the middle part of the extrude . we use trim for that purpose .

20 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude done

Click on the “trim surface” . fill the window carefully just like the picture .

21 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim 22 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim preview

You must get this result , if not , check the parameters .

23 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim done

Shut off the ending circles on two sides .click on the “planer surface” on surface toolbar and choose the following edges . click ok .

24 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface plane 25 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface done

We want to make some groove in front of the speakers . the process is amazing . first we should cut the unwanted area .open a sketch on right plane and draw like this . use convert entities and trim tools .

26 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude sketch

Now extrude the sketch using “ extruded surface” on surface toolbar :

27 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude window 28 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude preview

Trim the two unwanted area in front of the speakers :

29 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim 30 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim preview

Hide the “surface extrude2” to see what we’ve done :

31 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim done 32 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim done

Ok…we have to fill the trimmed area by our desired surface . you can fill it now by “filled surface” on surface toolbars but the result surface would be just like the beginning . we want to create some groove on the surface so we a need a sketch as a constraint to pull the surface back . define a plane for that sketch and draw it :

33 115 solidworks surface tutorial plane 34 115 solidworks surface tutorial plane

I know it’s a little weird but all the thing that we need in this sketch is a point:

35 115 solidworks surface tutorial point

Now we are ready to make our first grooved surface . click on the “filled surface” and follow the pictures to make it :

36 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface fill window 37 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface fill preview 

In order to choose a boundary ,right click on a segment of it and from the pop-up menu choose “select open loop” .

Click ok to create the first filled surface . 

Do just the same for the other side of the part .first create the sketch :

38 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface fill done

Then fill the surface :

39 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface fill 40 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface fill preview

We have created this so far:

41 115 solidworks surface tutorial

Now we are going to cut a hole for speakers . we need to trim the body again. And for that we should have another extruded surface which needs a sketch so draw this sketch on plane3 :

42 115 solidworks surface tutorial sketch

Extrude the sketch:

43 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude 44 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface extrude

Trim the speakers holes:

45 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim 46 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface trim 

We are almost done just need to thick the body to make a solid part . the “thicken” tool in surface toolbar will do that for us . but before we do this , we should get rid of the unwanted surfaces which would interrupt the thicken process . we delete these surfaces by “delete body” in the features toolbar .

Click the “delete body” in the features toolbar and delete the bellow surfaces :

47 115 solidworks surface tutorial body delete 48 115 solidworks surface tutorial body delete

The result:

49 115 solidworks surface tutorial body delete

Its time to make the body a whole integrated surface for thicken process . we use “knit surface” for this purpose . click it on the surface toolbar .

49 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface knit 50 115 solidworks surface tutorial surface knit

now make it solid . click “thicken” on the surface toolbar and do the final step :

51 115 solidworks surface tutorial thiken 52 115 solidworks surface tutorial thiken

Congratulation my friend .now you have this webcam head :

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