Cornucopia: This festive model is multi-body part. It has two curve driven patterns to make up most of the cornucopia’s shape. The curve driven patterns use 3D sweeps as construction geometry to control the shape of the patterns. To create the cornucopia tapered, horn-like geometry, several scale features are used, some uniform and some non-uniform, to adjust the ring sizes.
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1 day ago
Trident: This model of a famous spear shows how to make advanced geometry without using surface features. This part was created with only standard solid body features. Even though the final model is a single body, there are some multi-body techniques to allow for isolated cuts and a shell feature not affecting the whole part. The features used in the trident part include: revolves, lofts, move face, combine, mirror, scale and one delete face.
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8 days ago
Thor’s Hammer: This familiar hammer packs a nice punch in trying to show some time saving modeling techniques. This multi-body part is made using mostly extrudes and a few sweeps sprinkled in. This model uses thin features for some of the extruded bosses and cuts to speed up sketch time. Mirroring geometry and patterns are used to save time and to keep the feature count down.
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22 days ago
Packing Tape Dispenser: This familiar tool in your office has been created as a single part to showcase a wide variety of SOLIDWORKS features. We combine sheet metal, plastic and a few surface features to give you several unique examples to help expand your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS. One feature example is an angled plane that control solid body placement. One of the parts move two other bodies, acting like it would in an assembly, by using sketch relations and dimensions.
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1 month ago
Baseball Bat: This part comes just in time for the baseball playoffs. This part uses a revolve to create the overall shape but sprinkles in a few surface features to create the handle wrap. The surface features include thicken, offset surface, and a surface sweep. There is one example of helical curve used in conjunction with an intersection curve to make a 3D swept cut without having to make a 3D sketch.
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1 month ago
Vintage Microphone: We are “on the air” with SOLIDWORKS! This multi-body part goes over different pattern and mirroring techniques. It does include a few advanced features including sweeps and a loft. There is an example of a spring created from helix curve and uses a composite curve to add the “pigtail” ends.
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2 months ago
8-Track Tape: Rock on with an old school example of music history. This is a multi-body solid created with mostly solid body features. There are few surface features used to create the magnetic tape. The internal tape is shown twisting using a surface sweep with twist.
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3 months ago
Sunscreen Lotion Bottle: Just in time for summer this sunscreen bottle goes over solid and surfaces body features to create the geometry. This model has different examples of patterns with varying geometry including variable patterns that use Pattern Tables to import and export data from Excel. In this example, the side grip geometry changes length as it is patterned. Two linear patterns with varied instances are also included to show different pattern techniques for non-uniform patterns.
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3 months ago
Bowling Pin: This model shows how to use split line curves. It also has newer SOLIDWORKS functionality using circular profile sweeps. The circular profile sweep eliminates the need for an additional sketch with a circle on it to create the sweep. There is an example of 3D sketch and different display states.
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5 months ago
Photo Light Ring: This assembly was designed help provide uniform lighting for photographic purposes. The main plank part has examples of global variables and equations. It is also has an example of an “in context” cut. There is an example of a Circular Component Pattern in the assembly.
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8 months ago
Chariot: This small but feature packed assembly consists of a few multi-body parts. The wheel and wheel boss are multi-body parts and have several examples of circular patterns. The chariot part is another multibody part made of extrusions and revolves features and has examples of the rarely used curve driven pattern and move face command. Other features in the parts include revolves, thins, full round fillets, split line curves, delete face and the combine command.
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9 months ago
#SWW17 License Plate: This model of a California license plate introduces the use of the Indent tool. Two forming Tools are created for stamping a license plate shape. Lettering features are created from pictures that were embedded into sketches and then traced using the “Sketch Picture” command. A thin sheet is stamped with the tools and the tools then discarded by using the “Delete/Keep Body
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9 months ago
Light Switch: Here is a part that everyone is familiar with. It is a Multi-body Part that has a some sheet metal features and two surface sweeps in it. It is mainly created with extruded features but does have some revolves sprinkled in. Other features in the light switch part include: a lofted cut, combines, solid and surface sweeps, edge flanges, axis, move/copy body, and two circular patterns.
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9 months ago
Coffee Pod Holder: This assembly has just four unique parts but it does provide a practical example of a chain component pattern. This chain component pattern functionality was introduced in SOLIDWORKS last year. There are few surface features used to create the grip on the tray. Other features included in the parts include: revolve, offset surface, trim surface, extend surface, surface thicken, a thin extruded cut and a mid plane revolved cut.
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10 months ago
Golden Icosahedron: This model is a icosahedron which is a polyhedron with twenty faces. The twenty triangular faces have five faces meeting at each vertex. Construction Surfaces(Golden Rectangles) are used to start the model. These rectangles are used to create the individual triangular faces that are mirrored several times and then the model is turned into a solid using the “Knit Surface” command.
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10 months ago
Calendar Dial: This is a fully detailed production part with over a hundred features. Learn about how to use a Layout sketch to plan your work and work your plan. Many techniques are demonstrated in this model. Multi-body part design creates three solids representing the different moving parts of the dial.
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10 months ago
Candy Castle Assembly: This festive assembly has easy to understand component patterning and mirroring. It has examples of linear, circular and curve-driven patterns. One part has a fill pattern. Assembly level cuts using “Feature Scope” are used to control which components are cut.
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10 months ago
Motor Slide Base: This model demonstrates the use of a time saving technique called a Smart Component. A Smart Component allows you to associate or “package together” other necessary components and features when placing a part in an assembly. The associated parts and features will be automatically placed along with the smart component by selecting a few reference faces. This particular example is used to quickly place a motor frame with the associated mounting holes and hardware.
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11 months ago
Waffle Iron: This model shows a few of the mold tool features available in SOLIDWORKS. In this case the waffle iron is made from reversing the waffle geometry. The multi-body part has some simple sheet metal features along with standard features. There are also a few examples of hybrid modeling using solid and surface features to create some of the geometry.
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11 months ago
Epoxy Syringe: This practical, familiar model shows various techniques on geometry creation. Multi-body part design creates two solids representing the cylinder and piston of this epoxy syringe. This model is mainly created with extrusion but some hybrid modeling is shown. Surface geometry is used to cut internal geometry of a solid model body where a shell feature would not work.
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11 months ago
Cardboard Box: This model shows some basic sheet metal features along with some standard solid features. Sheet metal features are used so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern. This model goes over some of the nuances of working with cardboard versus sheet metal. The features used in the box part include: extrude, base flange/tabs, edge flange, combine, mirror, split, move/copy body and delete face.
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1 year ago
Chain Assembly: This assembly has just three unique parts but it does provide a practical example of a chain component pattern. This chain component pattern functionality was introduced in SOLIDWORKS last year. There are three assembly configurations showing different catenary curves dependent on pulley location. The catenary curve is created using a lofted surface from one of the parts to create the “U” shape.
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1 year ago
Simple Sheet Metal Part 9: Side Flange profile sketches do not need the cross section drawn. The lines will be thickened and all the sharp edges will be turn into bends. Sheetmetal features are used so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8 of the Simple Sheet Metal Part Reviewer tutorial series to learn more!
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1 year ago
Salad Spinner: This multi-body part with six solids shows how to create a simple turning mechanism with a bowl and drain basket. This model is mainly created with extrusions and revolves with some hybrid modeling included. Surface geometry is used to create some of the geometry and is used to cut solid geometry where it sped up the design process. There is an example of a surface extrusion using “Direction of Extrusion” to angle the geometry.
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1 year ago