In February of 2018 I was honored to be selected by to present at the annual SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 user conference. This year the conference was held in Los Angeles, California. My breakout session was focused on SOLIDWORKS Surfacing and was called “Beginners Surfacing for Beginners” and took place on Tuesday, February 6th at 10:30 AM. It was attended by 181 SOLIDWORKS users.
The goal of this presentation was to help users who have little or no experience with the SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools get a better understanding of how and when surfaces can and should be utilized. SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools are a great addition to any SOLIDWORKS user’s toolbox, and I wanted to take this, often avoided area of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, and make it more accessible to newer users.
To accomplish this task I presented the following five key concepts of SOLIDWORKS surfacing:
- Every solid is actually a group of surfaces
- Surfaces have no thickness/no volume
- Surfaces are considered Reference Geometry
- Surfaces allow you to create one faces at a time. Solids force you to create all faces at once
- Surfaces and curves are partners
As the presentation proceeded we discussed these five key concepts and demonstrated examples using the SOLIDWORKS software, describing in detail various ways to utilize the SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools.
You can view the entire recording of my SOLIDWORKS World 2028 presentation below.
If you are a SOLIDWORKS user and want to get a quick and comprehensive explanation of how and when to use surfacing tools, and how to get started with this great set of tools, please check out the video and if you have any questions please let us know in the comments section.
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About the Author
Toby Schnaars began using the SOLIDWORKS Software on the ’98 plus release, in October of 1998. He began working for Prism Engineering (now Fisher Unitech) as an instructor and tech support engineer in 2001. He has fielded over 10,000 tech support cases and been the head instructor for over 200 SOLIDWORKS training classes. Toby is a regular presenter at users groups, technical summits, and SOLIDWORKS world. In 2003, in Orlando, FL, Toby won first place in SOLIDWORKS MODEL MANIA a modeling contest based on speed and accuracy. Toby hosts a free monthly webinar called “Toby’s Tech Talk” where you can tune in and get more tips and tricks on the SOLIDWORKS software.