I want to design a Laptop cooling pad on Solid works. But I'm not sure whether to use Solid modelling or Surface Modeling.
And how long would this take..
Solids are the easier option. Surfaces are harder for people to wrap their minds around at times. How long depends on complexity and operator skill, unknowns at this time.
That would depend on the final shape of the parts being modelled.
Some very complex shapes can be created using solids or a combination of both techniques, but sometimes using surfaces is the only way to go.
That is true Kelvin Lamport , but my guess is if this question is being asked, stick with solids.
LOL. I as trying to figure out why you posted the "2 hours".
Then I re-read the question and the last part says "How long would this take?"
That is kind of like asking, "How long would it take to build a boat?"
I guess it depends on the boat. An aircraft carrier would certainly take longer than a birch-bark canoe.
I know that you said "Laptop cooling pad," but there are a lot of different ones that all have differing levels of complexity. Also, how is it being cooled? Air cooled....water cooled? If air cooled, is it just ambient cooling, or does it have a fan and a fan motor? Is it powered by the laptop or does it have its own source of power?
All modeling is surface modeling. Solids are just a precooked surface construct.
...a virtual construct of our virtual reality.
Is this an entirely new design - or is it based on an existing design?
If you are referencing an existing design - can you attach image or link to the existing design.
How much training/experience do you have with SolidWorks?
Is this a class assignment?
Can you attach your initial attempt here?
Part 1 : Top side
Part 1: Bottom Side.
Firstly, I'm a student and i'm new to this. So I've done this last night. This is just the top part (Part 1).
I still need to create the Second part and Assemble them later on. This cooling pad is very simple and it has two 120mm fans, a circular power switch (on/off button).
This is what I'm trying to achieve.
So above the fans, will be an Aluminium mesh like this..
And there are going to be vents like these on the sides and possibly above the mesh.
I don't really see anything in your images that would warrant the use of surface modeling techniques.
If I did use any surfacing techniques for this design it would probably only be for a limited hybrid approach.
@ J. Mather
You can kind of say its based on an existing model, but changed and added some bits.
That looks a lot like the one my lap top sits on now.
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