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Module 5: Surface Modeling usingBoundaries
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Introduction
Surfaces by boundaries are one of the most powerful and flexible surface creationtools that you can use to capture design intent. You use them while creatingcontinuous surface features. As the name suggests, the surfaces are created withthe boundary edges defined with curves or edges. You can apply edge tangencyconditions for aligning the shape of the surface with the adjoining geometry. Youcan modify the structure of surfaces by modifying the curves that define the shapeof the surfaces or the surfaces directly.You can also use direct surfacing tools such as, Blend Section to Surfaces, toreduce the multiple steps required for creating such features. These tools are usedto reduce the design development time. Solid and surface modeling techniques areused together effectively for modeling a part quickly with greater feature control.
Objectives
After completing this module, you will be able to:
Describe boundary surfaces.
Describe types of boundary surfaces.
Create a surface with boundaries.
Apply constraints at the boundary edges of surfaces.
Create blending surfaces using Blend tools.
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Surface Modeling using Boundaries
You can create a surface by defining its boundaries in one or two directions.You can select datum curves, datum points, solid, or surface edges asboundaries.
You can apply Edge Tangency conditions for aligning the shape of the surfacewith the adjoining geometry. Continuity conditions like tangency or curvaturecontinuity are usually defined at the ends of the surface. This help you defineconstraints to the surface with the adjacent surfaces, edges, or curves. Youcan modify the surface geometry to smoothen the surface patches that arecreated.
You can create different types of surfaces using boundaries.
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Blended:
The surface is a blend between reference entities that areselected, such as datum curves. You can create blended surfaces inone or two directions.
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Conic:
The surface created follows the geometric rules of conics.These are used in special cases such as styling products where asmooth transition is required between surfaces.
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Approximate:
The blended surface is approximated through some fitcurves and by specifying a smoothening factor.
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N-sided:
The surface is defined using more than four boundary edges.
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Blended Surfaces
Blended surfaces are used to create a smooth quilt that connects severalsections. The first and last entities selected in each direction define thesurface boundary. Adding more section entities in between enables you todefine the surface shape with greater control.
Blended surfaces can be created with curves available in one direction. Thesurface created thus passes through the curves.
Blended surfaces can also be created when a curve network is available intwo directions. The surface created thus passes through the curves in bothdirections. For blended surfaces defined in two directions, the outerboundaries must form a closed loop.
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