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Surfaces

Surfaces

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Solidworks Reference Material
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Surfaces Overview

Surfaces are a type of geometry with zero thickness. To create surfaces, you use many of the same
methods used to create solids, such as extrudes, revolves, and sweeps. Surfaces also use other functions
or features such as trim, untrim, extend, and knit.

Surfaces have advantages over solids. They are more flexible than solids because you do not have to
define the boundaries between the surfaces until the final steps of the design. This flexibility helps
product designers work with smooth, extended curves such as those used in automobile fenders or
telephone housings.

In this lesson, you start with an existing sketch composed of lines, arcs, splines, and sketch points. Then
you apply the following surface features to create a nozzle:
Next
Lofted Surface - Creating the Base
First, create the base for the nozzle using a surface loft between two arcs. Surface lofts include the same
options as solid lofts. You can specify Start/End Tangency types, use Guide Curves, and so on.
Click here
Open Nozzle.sldprt, or browse to
<install_dir>\samples\tutorial\surfaces\nozzle.sldprt.

\ue000lofts
\ue000sweeps
\ue000knits

\ue000fills

\ue000planar
\ue000revolve
\ue000move/copy

\ue000trim
\ue000extend
\ue000untrim

\ue000thicken
Existing sketch
Finished nozzle
For clarity, many images display only the sketches relevant to that procedure.
1. Click Lofted Surface
on the Surfaces toolbar.
2. SelectSk et ch 2 andSk et ch 3 forProf i l es
in the PropertyManager.
3. Under Start/End Constraints:
\ue000Select Normal to Profile in Start constraint and End constraint.
\ue000Set Start Tangent Length and End Tangent Length to0.50.
4. ClickOK
.
Next
Swept Surface - Creating the Handle
With the Swept Surface tool, create the nozzle grip. To define the finger hold of the grip, include a
guide curve in the surface sweep.
1. Click Swept Surface
on the Surfaces toolbar.
2. SelectSk et ch 6 forProf ile
in the PropertyManager.
3. SelectSk et ch 4 forP ath
.
4. Under Guide Curves:
\ue000Select Sketch 5 for Guide Curves
.
\ue000Select Merge smooth faces.
5. UnderOp t ion s, clear Merge tangent faces.
6. ClickOK
.
Next
Swept Surface - Creating the Exit Nozzle

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