Taking Baby Steps into Surfacing



Here it is, my first SolidWorks model created using surfacing tools.  I started by following the tutorial, but quickly became curious as to what exactly I was doing.  So, I used a new SolidWorks 2012 add-in – the Part Reviewer – to comment on each feature as I created it.  This ultimately provided a list of questions which I passed off to one of the top SolidWorks surfacing experts – Mark Biasotti.  I also added comments that would help remind me of the steps I took, and what I learned as I used each different command or feature.

As simple as the example is, I really did learn a lot about the different surfacing tools.  My favorite so far – Start/End Constraints in the Surface-Loft used to create the base of the part.  You can see in real-time how the different options change the affect and appearance of the loft.  Other tools that caught my fancy include Split Lines (really cool!) and Surface Fills.

I'm still working on this model, changing things and trying out different tools (Filled Surface vs. Planer Surface for example), but I think I'm ready to move to the next step.  I've downloaded two presentations – "Surfacing – Where Do I Start" by Charles Culp, and "Explaining Splines" by Jeremy Singley (both available at Charles' swtuts.com site).  I'm hoping to gain some insight into creating and editing splines, and of course, getting started on some more complex geometry.

So far so good, but there's still a long way to go. I sure am having fun though.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle
  • Having fun is what I do with SolidWorks all the time. I do not have to meet deadlines or come up with fancyfull products or machine designs. But that is what you do when retired. I use SolidWorks for educational purposes only and you are opening up more lanes in my own knowledge of future destinations. Well Done Rich.

  • Richard; do we get to call you “grasshopper” for a while? -Phil