SOLIDWORKS Drift Trike – Saddle Design

Drift Trike Saddle Design in SOLIDWORKS

The third installment of our series on how to design and build your own Drift Trike in SOLIDWORKS, we model the saddle. Stuart will be modelling this part using a mirror technique so in effect he only has to model one side of the saddle, saving time and effort. The saddle is the part of the trike which you are always in contact with, so it is important that it is ergonomic and comfortable. Including high fillets and draft is a great way to prevent sharp edges. You will also be shown a handy trick known as the double shell technique.

Previous Parts:

The CAD modelling topics covered here will be:

  • Drafting
  • Splines
  • Plastic Molding
  • Half Mirrored Modelling
  • Modelling method known as the “Double Shell Technique”

See Cadtek’s original article here. Look out for the final part of this series in the coming weeks covering the design of the Rear Wheels. This will go into Circular Patterning, Reference Surfaces, Combine and working with Multibodies. All design skills that every SOLIDWORKS user can benefit from. For more hints, tips and content head over to our Twitter page or our YouTube channel.

Cadtek Designer Profile – Stuart Wortley

Cadtek Application Engineer

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.

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