SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer: Basket Case

Basket Case: 

There are two different configurations in the model showing two different techniques to create very similar geometry. The first method streamlines the design by minimizing the numbers of features and uses simple commands to create the geometry. The second method uses sweeps and patterns and is also efficient in its own right, keeping the feature countdown to minimum.

These two different methods can be used when there is a need to create “grid pattern” type geometry. This is the tale of the two configurations, Move/Copy Body versus Sweep and Pattern.

The first configuration uses Move/Copy Bodies commands to “pattern” thins features and the Combine command twice to keep only the overlapping geometry. The second configuration shows the use of split lines, sweeps and linear patterns to create the basket geometry. The second method has multiple bodies and looks more realistic at the cost of a few more features and having to use more complex command and multiple patterns.

Download this model to learn more about using the Move/Copy Body and Combine command, Split Line curves and different ways of creating patterned geometry.


Complexity: Moderate

Features: There are several Linear Patterns and examples of the Move/Copy Body feature. There is one Move Face using the “Translate” option. One of the Sweeps uses the efficient Circular Profile option.

Want to learn more? You can view the full list of previous Part Reviewer Tutorials here.

DraftSight Download: In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes’ 2D CAD product, the 2D drawing(.dwg) file of the Basket Case Tutorial is now available for download here.

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