Download Wishbone: This festive model demonstrates hybrid modeling. It is modeled with mostly solid body features, with the center intersection created with a handful of surface features. The clavicle is created with a “center line” loft which acts like a loft with a sweep path. A projected curve which “merges” two 2D sketches to make a 3D curve is used for the “sweep path” for the unique “centerline” loft.
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27 days ago
Download Detergent Bottle: This easy to understand model demonstrates some basic hybrid modeling techniques. It is modeled with mostly solid body features, with a handful of surface features added to complete to finish the part. Two face fillets are included using different options. One uses a hold line, the other one is a constant chord width fillet.
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2 months ago
Download Dolphin: This model demonstrates the use of some of the fundamental surface modeling techniques. It is modeled exclusively with surface body features. It has two sketch pictures to act as “napkin sketches”. There are two configurations with different poses created by a flex feature.There are multiple examples of surface boundaries, lofts and fills.
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3 months ago
Download Needle Holder: This part was designed to hold three ball needles used for inflating soccer balls or basketballs and attaches directly to a tire pump cylinder. This part includes static simulation studies with it and was then created with 3D printer. There are three pictures of the finished part included with this part in the “Design Journal document located in the “Design Binder” folder. Download this part to see a model created in SolidWorks and then see it finished as a 3D printed
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5 months ago
Download Mounting Plate Stamping: There are two configurations in this multi-body solid model. One configuration is open and one that is collapsed. A master “layout” sketch helps to plan and organize the ribs and stretchers in the two configurations. With help from the layout sketch, the geometry can be easily created and the components line up as desired.
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5 months ago
Football: Just in time for the Super Bowl, we got this model ready to go with no deflategate controversy here. This fun multi-body model has some uncommon but powerful features included. There are two simple examples of curved driven patterns. There is also a “deform” feature using the “Surface push” option to slightly deflate the ball.
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10 months ago
Chest of Drawers: This highly detailed, multi-body model has over a 150 bodies and is created mainly from extruded features. There are several examples of different types of wood joints. Dovetail joints are used in the drawer creation. Mortise and Tenon joints (open and closed) and tongue and groove joints are also used to build the framework of the chest.
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10 months ago
Record Player: The first record players are over 140 years old and are still unbelievably in use, in one form or another, today. This model is a little flashback of some old school music history. This is a multi-body solid created from mainly extruded features. This part has multiple shells including one with multi-thicknesses.
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11 months ago
Wooden Ornament: This wooden ornament is made of multiple bodies patterned and slightly rotated to give a checkerboard appearance. A circular pattern creates the first layer or level. A linear pattern is then used to stack up the layers before they are all cut into shape. There is one example of the newer circular profile sweep function which saves times by eliminating the need to create a circle sketch.
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11 months ago
Board Game: You don’t just play this board game, you must survive it. This fun multi-body model is mainly created from extruded bosses and a few cuts. One sketch picture is used to help create the walls and dividers of the box enclosure. There is a unique example of circular pattern of two circular patterns.
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11 months ago
Martini Glass: This festive multi-body part shows a few alternate methods for creating geometry. A spiral is projected onto the glass using a split line curve to create the etching. There is a cool example of the indent command removing material, similar to the intersect command, to create an accurate body for the liquid. Other features in the model include: revolves, move/copy body, and a linear pattern.
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1 year ago
Model Draft: This easy to understand part provides several different examples of draft faces using different draft techniques. All three types of drafts are shown here: Neutral Plane, Parting Line and Step Draft. The Step Draft has two different options, perpendicular and tapered, that are shown in model. There is also one example of move face feature which can be used as an alternative to the draft feature (Neutral Plane and Parting Line).
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1 year ago
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 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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 year 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 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago