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How to shell (or hollow) complex solid model?

Question asked by Manu Janssens on Dec 29, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 30, 2016 by Manu Janssens

Hello guys, new to this forum. I've been watching videos and tutorials all day. I have lots of solid modeling and assembly experience, as well as sheet metal, in Solidworks. I have no surface modeling experience and I think that's what I'm going to have to learn super quick to get this done. I've been tasked with adding a "water jacket" to a cylinder head. Basically, I need to create voids within the model for coolant to flow. The void should be offset from EVERY internal surface feature by .250". A simple shell function attempt failed (I'm not surprised). So I tried to create an offset surface model, knit it into a new solid model, and subtract it from the original solid model. Needless to say, I failed. I'm going to attempt to attach the original model here and hopefully someone can give me some advice. I did not create this model, btw... I'm just supposed to create the water jacket voids.