I have a big problem. I have a 3d scanned image and cannot edit it. I must make a CUT EXTRUDE but the icon is inactive. Should I change file extension to be able to make a CUT EXTRUDE of my model?
Its grey (inactive)
The part isn't a 3D solid model
Is it an stl file??
Did you save it as a part file??
Do you have surfaces ? Cut Extrude only works for solid bodies. Can you use Surface Trim instead?
If the file is an STL file, then you are going to need to find a software to mesh it and then bring it into Solidworks.
See this thread:
How to import large STL files (or any mesh)
It is .IGS File not .STL@Rob EdwardsYes I can use it :-) I checked it 2 minutes ago
In which extensions can i use extrude cut?
Try converting/saving as a solidworks file (sldprt). Featureworks?
Then see what happens... As long as SW can recognize the features and convert it, then you should be able to work from there.
SW and IGES are not good friends... SW is best friends with Parasolid (X_T).
I saved it as sldprt and still I don't have active button cut extrude
Try looking at a section view. If your file appears to have very thin walls that is a good chance it is only made of surfaces. In that case you will have the best luck with surface tools instead of the normal cut-extrudes.
Or just check its mass properties. If it is a surface body that isn't closed then it will not have any volume.
Did you just import it or did you ALSO run Feature Works on it - as S. Casale indicated?
If you just imported it you have only created a "Dumb Solid".
A Dumb Solid Can not be edited
You need to convert it using "Feature Works":
Then it will have features that can be edited:
Do you have SWX Pro or Premium (if you are using a version before 2016)? Before SW 2016 Pro or Premium were the only versions with Feature Works. Starting with SW2016, Feature Works was included in all versions.
Thanks you for answer but option "Feature Works" is inactive
..as Jeff suggest,... it's most likely a surface file so you need to use surface trim (using a sketch or surface) to trim (cut) away the material.
..also,.. have you run "Entity Check"?..
- are there open surfaces or edges?
..if you want to try... in the feature tree, RMB over the imported body and run the diagnostics...
- are there open surfaces/edges?
- does it repair any of the problems?
.. you can also try to export as STEP or IGES and re-import the data.. and let SW run the auto repair...
I will use trim to cut it. Now i know how to do it. Thanks
I exported it to step. I tried to iges but it is probably impossible at version 2015 But it still the same surface...
Can you attach the original IGES (*.igs) file here?
What exactly are you trying to use for the profile of the cut extrude feature? Can you show a snapshot of the model's feature manager?
This discussion is only for advanced users? Not sure if I'm in that club ???
Yeah you'd fit in that category surely Christian, as for me, I'm just gonna sit in the background here and keep my mouth shut!
The way it looks I'm not either - lol
John, How is it that my post in this thread disappeared?
Rick Becker - There is a good chance you're unknowingly competing with the Forum Moderators or the Men in Shades - The funny part about the entire thing is this - I can find the post where a guy was chumping on my bit and I reported his response as abusive to my frail mental state at the time and there was no way that the moderator would have that comment deleted/removed, in which I sent him (2) personal messages at the time, not even a slight acknowledgement - but have one of these "new" guys coming in here and they're eyes start to get moist - like way before they drop one flipping tear and your comment is jerked or the whole thread removed, ahhhh isn't that just a reason for us to sniiffff and snort a bit and be sentimental .............................
John Stoltzfus, isn't it sad that when we are being brutally honest all the recipient can focus on is the word "brutally"? Instead of opening up their minds to the good help they are getting they get all in a tizzy when that very help indicates they were not thinking about the problem correctly. Their delicate egos can't handle the idea that they need to think about the problem differently - and here is how that different way of looking at the problem gets you a solution, by the way. They come here asking for help, but what they really want is to be validated.
I heard this about 20 years ago and it still makes me smile. If you want sympathy you just have to look in the dictionary. It is between s(hhh)it and syphilis.
Wrong focus kind of like here Dennis?
geez... is this the proverbial yellow liquid in my cheerios day or...?
That makes at least 2 of us.
This is interesting because it illustrates well how much work it is to fix a scanned model. Since the model has damage it also may be bent or deformed. I would think that a useful technique here assuming that SW can do it, would be to slice the model up with parallel planes spaced apart appropriately and extract the edges of the resultant airfoil shapes. This would let you run analysis on the airfoil to determine if the curvature is smooth, indicating whether it was bent or deformed. The use those edge curves to loft in a new surface from the root to the undamaged tip of the blade.
To me this is a job for the venerable swiss army knife of modelers, Rhino.
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