14-2 Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Surface models are a type of three-dimensional (3-D) models with no thickness. These modelsare widely used in industries like, automobile, aerospace, plastic, medical, and so on.Surface models should not be confused with the thick models, that is, models having massproperties. Surface models do not have thickness whereas thick or solid models have auser-defined thickness. In Pro/ENGINEER, the surface modeling techniques and featurecreation tools are same that are used in solid modeling. A solid model of any shape that iscreated can also be created using the surface modeling techniques. The only difference betweenthe solid model and the surface model will be that the solid model will have mass propertiesbut the surface model will not. Sometimes, complex shapes are difficult to create using solidmodeling. Such models can be easily created using surface modeling and then convert thesurface model into the solid model. It becomes easy for a person to learn surface modeling if he is familiar with solid modeling feature creation tools.
CREATING SURFACES IN Pro/ENGINEER WILDFIRE
In Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, a sketch can be toggled between a solid model and a surfacemodel. The two tool buttons that are used to toggle between the solid feature and a surfacefeature are available on dashboards.
Creating an Extruded Surface
To create an extruded surface, choose the
button from the
toolbar. The Extrude dashboard is displayed as shown in Figure 14-1.In this dashboard, the
Extrude as solid
button is selected by default. Select the
Extrude as surface
button to extrude the sketch and create a surface model. All theattributes that are related to a solid model and that were discussed in Chapter 3 aresame for a surface model also. Some examples of these attributes are, sketch plane, bothsides or one side extrusion, depth of extrusion, and so on. A surface model can be extruded with capped ends or with open ends. Figure 14-2 shows theopen end surface model and Figure 14-3 shows the capped end surface model. Rememberthat to create the capped end surface model, the sketch should be a closed loop. Otherwise,a surface can be created with the open sketch.To create a surface with capped ends, select the
check box in the