Using SOLIDWORKS, we will model a CFL bulb from scratch while getting introduced to many aspects of splines and curves. By the end of the course, we will know how to build complex curving shapes. Other modules will discuss dealing with imported curvature data, and building curves at the assembly level.
Shivani Patel is an Application Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. An aerospace engineer by training, she has been using SOLIDWORKS and other CAD tools for 6 years.
Hi everyone, my name is Shivani Patel, and welcome to my intermediate SOLIDWORKS course on curves and splines. I'm an elite applications engineer with GoEngineer. SOLIDWORKS is a widely used CAD tool, and using splines and curves we can model geometry as common as threads to shapes as three-dimensionally complex as a spaceship. In this course, we'll take a look at the curve and spline tools can do. While we're covering curves, we'll see how we can build up different curve segments using various techniques, and then we'll combine those curves together to produce smooth geometry.
While we're discussing splines, we'll see an introduction to the tool, building it in two-dimensions, and then we'll push that to how to fully define them and edit them in three-dimensions. We'll cover these topics by building up a CFL light bulb, a NACA airfoil, a corrugated roof panel, and an electric burner, and by the end of the course you should be able to build using any of the functionality within curves or splines. However, since this is an intermediate course, you should be familiar with sketching, editing, and feature-building, screen manipulation, and have an introductory understanding to 3D sketching.