I want to make a brick with a texture like one of these stones on top. Is there a way to do this, without it being an appearance but really on the part it self? (I'm working in SolidWorks 2014-2015)
Thanks in advance, Thom
In your part file make a surface with the texture you want then cut the brick with the surface. Refer to the Help files for making a 3D surface.
Not easily using SolidWorks alone.
You could try ZSurf (free) with a greyscale texture or heightmap that represents the stone surface. It will output a nurbs IGS file, which then you could use to split a solid as Dennis mentions. It will produce a surface with a melted effect, which might be OK for your use.
However, if you want more realism, understand that high frequency detail as found in nature is inherently difficult to reproduce in nurbs. Depending on the manufacturing method, it might be preferable to use a polygon or triangulated model. (If you are not cutting steel to make a mold, you might not need nurbs.)
If you must have a nurbs surface, be prepared to loose some of the sharpness of the actual stone texture.
as Chris says (and has helped show on previous threads,..),...3rd party software (bitmap-nurbs) or maybe using Scan-to-3D (if you have it.. using topo import,.. points/polys)...
..which btw,.. you could just find a rocky STL that you like with some texture as a Surface.. and use it as face also.
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