Why use surfaces over other methods of creating a part? What is the advantages and or disadvantages?
It really depends on what you're modelling. Surfaces will allow you to create far more complex/organic forms with fewer features. However, I've also used surfacing to create multi-body parts which I then insert into new parts and convert to sheet metal.
If you're interested in the functionality of surfaces, I'd recommend just to start experimenting with them and checking out some youtube tutorials.
Thank you, I have been doing some experiments using it....the more I do the better I will be at making the decision as to when to surface or not.
Think of a part, such as a spoon. How would you "easily" model it?
It's much easier to use surfaces than to have a few hundred extrudes and cuts to model a spoon.
Spoon is a great example! Here's a handy how-to E21 SolidWorks Surfacing a spoon - YouTube
Thank you all, I will check out the youtube version on the spoon..
Philosophically speaking, surfaces are viewed typically in the CAD world as an elite type of modeling technique.
While there are certainly higher level designers that are doing some very interesting and complex things with surfaces, I have found with Solidworks that surface modeling is a utility for which I cannot do without. As a long time ProE user prior to beginning using Solidworks 8 yrs ago surfacing is something that I never even really touched as it was very cumbersome in ProE
However, Solidworks surfacing is very user friendly. You will see a multitude of answers here on the forum which will point to the use of surface modeling.
With that said, don't think about surfacing as a tool just for complex freeform types of shapes, but as an ordinary modeling technique to accompany your normal modeling.
In order to explore the capabilities, I would also encourage you to search through the forum for surfacing and to post questions regarding how you might apply surfacing to a particular modeling challenge you may be facing.
You will find very quickly a use and if you are proficient at Solidworks to begin with, you will quickly catch on.
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