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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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 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
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months 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!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
Jack O’ Lantern: Happy Halloween! The fun model begins with Planes for loft profile. A circular pattern is created and the Shell Tool is used to make the model hollow. A plane tangent to the cylindrical surface and parallel to the front plane will be the sketch plane for the jack-o’-lantern face.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
Yankee Screwdriver: This multi-body part is a functional piece of history originally invented in the late 1800s in New England. It is a yankee screwdriver, also called a “push screwdriver” or a spiral screwdriver. It does include many of the internal parts that make up this tool. It is two examples of indent feature.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months ago
Staple Remover: This familiar office accessory shows a great mix of features and techniques. The multi-body part has some simple sheet metal features and introduces some of the techniques of creating mold tooling. There are also a few examples of hybrid modeling using solid and surface features to create some of the geometry. The features included in the staple remover part include: revolve, boundary surfaces, trim surface, extend surface, knit surface, edge flange, combine, move/copy body,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months ago
Simple Sheet Metal Part 8: This is a sheet metal part symmetric with respect to the Front Plane with the exception of a few cutouts. Sheet metal features are used so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern. U shaped extrusion where the sketch does not need to have the cross section sketched similar to a thin feature. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 of the Simple Sheet Metal Part Reviewer tutorial series to learn more!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months ago
Coreless Motor: This multi-body part shows the inner workings of a coreless DC motor. Most of the geometry is made with extrudes and revolves but there are some examples of sweeps and one loft. There are two examples of the new circular sweep function in SOLIDWORKS 2016. This part also goes over some easy to understand examples of surface feature creation used to make some the geometry including the windings.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months ago
Lock: This standard lock illustrates several useful SOLIDWORKS techniques. The bitting sequence of the lock is set with variables in the key part. These numeric values determine the height of the key at each station. A standard station cut is defined, and derived sketches are placed with equations to determine the profile of the key.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
Simple Sheet Metal Part 7: This is a Sheetmetal part symmetric with respect to the Front Plane. Sheetmetal features are used so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern. Flange sketch is similar to a thin feature where you don’t have to draw the cross section. All sharp edges will be converted into bends once it is extruded.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
Nail Clippers: This assembly has two parts. One part is used to help create an animation. The nail clippers model is a multi-body part with a very unique combination of sheet metal features with some basic surfacing features sprinkled in. There is an “in context” sketch feature that helps animate the flexing of the arms.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
Unicycle: This is an assembly model of a Unicycle. It is modeled to convey an appearance that could be used to sell the idea to a user or a bike manufacture. The crankshaft and wheel can be turned and the pedals rotate. The fork can rotate and the seat post can be moved through its range using a limit distance mate.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago