Would like others input about which method is more efficient, Model and extrude a block then extrude cut or chop away the pieces, or sketching the complete pattern first then extrude?
Yes. It will probably load faster too. If you start hacking away at a block, your features may have errors in the long run due to changes and modifications.
If you need to add configurations, it may get more complicated.
Keep it simple.
It depends on the part/design.
I have seen parts start at a square block, then all features chopped away (I don't work this way). This makes the model more complicated and more prone to errors. Limit the amount of features for a more robust model.
so the less steps to build the model, the better?
David Grieser wrote: so the less steps to build the model, the better?
David Grieser wrote:
I get frustrated with the solidworks sketch tools as im use to the simplicity of Autocads 2d.
There's really no correct answer here as it does depend on the part and how or what it is used for/with. You will find the sketching to be easier the more you use it.
1) less is more, ie. less dimensions more relations = more parametric
2) optimum profiles tend to be opposite what we first think...
3) Hybrid Modeling (using surfaces to generate solids) for advanced shapes/casting design.
The only time you want to start with a block and chop from there is if you need to show the manufacturing or operation practice, otherwise design the final product. Like Jason Edelman says - Less is More - Awesome stuff....
Keep it simple...Less is more...
Thanks guys for the input. This helps a lot!!!
Have a Great Weekend!
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