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Level
Advanced
Updated
Jul 12, 2017
Duration
1h 10m
Description

Have you ever wondered why anyone would even want to use surfacing or how you'd even start? If so, this course is just what you're looking for. In this course, Get Started with SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling, you'll learn how to use SOLIDWORKS surfacing to create and shape your models. These tools work not just models created in SOLIDWORKS, but even on imported geometry. First, you'll explore how to modify and repair models with no feature history instead of attempting to recreate them. Next, you'll discover how to evaluate your models before even manufacturing a prototype. Finally, you'll see ways to improve the way surfaces blend together to create just the look you are striving for. By the end of this course, you'll be able to make more complex models and easily make changes to existing models with much more efficiency using SOLIDWORKS surfacing.

About the author
About the author

With 10+ years of Design and 9+ years as an Applications Engineer for SOLIDWORKS, Tim Strange specializes in training and troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS. His patient demeanor and excitement to help make him a great asset in assisting others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Tim Strange, SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer with GoEngineer. The complexity of many CAD designs mandates using surfacing to create them. If you'd like to to learn how to use surfaces and what they can do for your designs, then Get Started with SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling is just what you're looking for. You'll see how simple it can be to make complex or more organic-shaped models in no time. Once you see how you can do surfacing, the possibilities are endless. This course will show you how to use SOLIDWORKS surfacing to create and shape your models. These tools work not just with models created in SOLIDWORKS, but even on imported geometry. You'll see how to modify and repair models with no feature history instead of attempting to recreate them. Many designs need to have an aesthetically pleasing blend, and you'll see how to evaluate your models before even manufacturing a prototype. You'll see ways to improve the way services blend together to create just the look you're striving for. If you haven't gone through the SOLIDWORKS Core Skills Learning Path, we encourage you to check those courses out first as this course will not cover the basics of modeling in SOLIDWORKS. Once you've gone through this course, you'll be able to make more complex models and easily make changes to existing models with much more efficiency using SOLIDWORKS surfacing. This will open the wonderful world of surfacing to you, increasing your modeling ability significantly. From the simplest to the most complex of designs, this course will help you see how surfacing will streamline your everyday design process.

Basics of Surfacing
Hello, I'm Tim Strange, Applications Engineer at GoEngineer. Today we're going to take a look inside the world of surfacing in SOLIDWORKS. This course is designed to give you the basic understanding of surfacing tools by building on your knowledge of solid modeling. First, we'll look at the differences between solid and surfacing methods by comparing a model made from each of those methods. Then we will work towards creating a complex organic shape surface by surface and enclosing the volume to create a solid. Finally, we will import a legacy model that needs to be alerted with surfacing tools to get an updated model. First, let's take a look at creating a basic model using common solid modeling tools. So, what we're going to do is just start a sketch on our Top Plane, and for this example we'll just use a rectangle. You'll find that sometimes I'm actually going to use what we call mouse gestures where you hold the right mouse button down and just drag to get the desired command. I'm going to use this Dimension tool now, rather than dig for it on the command bar, set a couple of dimensions up on this. Now rather than go through the surfacing on this one, we're making a solid model, so we'll use the standard features, Extrude, give that extrusion height. Okay, once I've got the extrusion height set, you can see one simple step is all I need to create this totally enclosed solid block. Now that we've created this using solid modeling techniques, we're ready to start doing some surfacing, but there are some basic things we want to know and think about when we start using surfacing.