SOLIDWORKS - Working with Loft and Boundary Features

Not all geometry can be created with simple extrusions and revolves. For complex geometry a Loft or Boundary feature is often needed. This course will teach Loft and Boundary features with all of their options. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 12, 2016
Duration
48m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 12, 2016
Duration
48m
Description

For complex geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Loft and Boundary features are very powerful. In this course, SOLIDWORKS - Working with Loft and Boundary Features, you will learn Loft and Boundary features along with all of their varied options. First, you'll learn how to create curves to further shape the geometry. Next, you'll learn how to use pictures as a reference to help you create accurate geometry. Finally, you'll learn how to put everything together to create a detailed design projects. After completing this course, you will have learned about the many tools used to create complex geometry in SOLIDWORKS. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.

About the author
About the author

Corey Bower is Simulation Manager at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. A mechanical engineer by training, he has been using SOLIDWORKS for over 10 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Corey Bower. Welcome to my course, SOLIDWORKS -- Working with Loft and Boundary Features. I am an Elite application engineer at GoEngineer who has a SOLIDWORKS reseller that sells to and supports customers on the West Coast, South Central United States, and the Rocky Mountain area. As an application engineer, I teach, support, and demonstrate SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and many other SOLIDWORKS add-ins. In this course, we will find not all geometry can be created with extrusions and revolves, it often requires more complex tools. The major topics we will learn are loft features, which create geometry from one profile to another, boundary features, which create geometry in direction 1 and direction 2, and then put it all together to create a detailed design project. By the end of this course, you will use loft and boundary features to create complex geometry. Before beginning this course, you should be comfortable with sketching and part modeling in SOLIDWORKS. I hope you will join me on this journey with SOLIDWORKS - Working with Loft and Boundary Features, at Pluralsight.

Loft Feature and It's Options
Hello, this is Corey Bower. Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS course on Working with Loft and Boundary Features. In this course, we will learn how to create complex parts with loft and boundary features. Let's take a look at some of the topics we will cover. Loft features, creates complex geometry between two or more profiles with optional additional curves to shape the geometry. Boundary features, creates geometry with profiles and curves in direction 1 and direction 2. A detailed design project, we will create a knife with multiple lofts and curves. When we are done with this course, you will have tools to create complex geometry.

Boundary Features
In this module, we're going to look at Boundary Features, which include Boundary surfaces and Boundary Bosses, and their options. We will start with a simple Boundary Surface to understand the interface. Then we will look at a Boundary Surface using Dir1 and Dir2 for a more complex shape. Then we'll look at a Boundary Boss, using the option of Normal to Profile to create the flower vase. Then we'll look at a Boundary Boss with Dir1 and Dir2 to recreate the cabinet handle that we used the loft for, Boundary Boss with composite curves and selection manager to create this luggage lock.

Detailed Design Example - Knife
In this module, we are going to look at a detailed design example, creating a knife. For this project we could use all lofts, all boundaries, or a combination of both. We are using all lofts. We are going to use a sketch picture as a reference to create our guide curves. We're going to create the lower blade with profiles and guide curves. We're going to create the upper blade portion with profiles and guide curves. We're going to create the handle with guide curves for the finger grips, and we're going to create the transition between the blade and the handle.