In our latest SOLIDWORKS tutorial series, Cadtek Systems’ Stuart Wortley combines his passion for the outdoors to guide you through creating your very own Drift Trike. This latest gravity sport is rising in popularity both in the US and in the UK. It comprises of a single wheel at the front with two, often Nylon, wheels at the rear to allow “drift”. The 3D modelling techniques in this series cover a wide range of skills useful to any SOLIDWORKS user.
The first of a four part series Stuart will guide you through frame design in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. Not only is a frame the most important structural member it is also the biggest part and shapes the feel of the Trike. This video tutorial contains the step by step process for creating the frame and structure of the whole Trike. Using a layout sketch to drive all the features, your model will be smart in relation to other components. This makes it very easy to update and make changes if you need to in the future.
The topics covered in this part of the series include:
- Introduction to the series
- Layout Sketches
- Multi Body Design
- Sweep Feature
- Sheet Metal
- Using End Conditions and References
See Cadtek’s original article here. Look out for the second part in this series in the coming weeks covering fork design. This will go into Layout Sketches, Lofts, Sweeps and Complex features, other skills that every SOLIDWORKS user should have under their belt. For more hints, tips and content head over to our Twitter page or our YouTube channel.
Cadtek Designer Profile – Stuart Wortley
Stuart has been with Cadtek Systems for 18 years and is key part of our application team. His passion for the outdoors, his VW Camper-van and SolidWorks is clear. It has seen him produce some great, easy to follow SOLIDWORKS tutorials around Paddle Boarding, Cabinet Design and now Drift Trikes! This year saw Stuart achieve the accolade of Elite Application Engineer at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in LA, the highest level achievable.