How can i go about modeling the curves of the body of the iron? I am doing this as a project for a class.
I would use both solids and surfacing to create this model. You might find some examples @ 3D content central
can you elaborate a bit more on what you mean by solids and surfacing. Thanks!
This is also known as hybrid modeling. This just means the use of solid modeling and surface modeling on the same part. One example would be to use a surface to cut a solid block to give it a curvy shape.
If you can, photograph the iron from the front, side and top. Save the photos in a format like .jpg that SW can import. Insert the images into your front, side and top sketches. Scale them so that your model will come out the right size. Use the sketch underlays to generate the important curves in each sketch. The good new is that the iron has a lot of nice crisp edges, so some of that will be easy. Use the Projected Curve feature under Curves to generate the edges of the model that don't lie on the main planes. It looks like some of the edges may lie in tilted planes (they don't curve in more than one dimension). If so, make some planes to put those edges on, as that is easier than using Projected Curves.
If you are doing this with a focus on the appearance, then you will want to use Splines for your curves. If you have a more engineering oriented purpose, you might want to use more arcs and analytical surfaces.
I would model just one half of the iron and then mirror it.
It may be easier to just use surface modeling for the whole thing and then thicken it at the end. Hard to tell until you get into it.
Has anyone helped you with this yet ?
I do high level surfacing with Pro-e and solidworks. I can give you some recommendations as to what I would do if you like ?
I second Jerry's method. Here's a link to a camaro tutorial that will show you what he's talking about.
Overkill, but it'll give you the idea.
Thanks for all the help! I'm gonig to give Jerry's method a try and hope tht works for me! Any more tips would be greatly appreciated!
I tried sketching from images but I am still havign an extremely difficult time accomplishing this. any other methods?
What kind of problems are you having?
What kind of class are you doing this for?
I am doing this for an intro to solidworks class. Its just not coming out correctly when i loft the sketches with guide curves. Is there anyway someone could help me get started?
We may have steered you a bit wrong if this is for an intro to solidworks class. For an intro class, I can't imagine your result to be expected to be very accurate, but more to see you use different features and get a good looking model. Would this be a good assumption?
I attached a very basic iron model for you to look at. It is a student edition file, so hopefully you can open it (what version of SW are you using?). Are you further along than a model like this? Can you post what you have done and tell us specifically what you're having problems with?
I opened your model, I can get to something similar to that. I run into problems with getting the curves of the surfaces
You're going to have to be more specific than that to get help from us. There's a lot of curves and surfaces on an iron, which ones are you talking about?
How about getting the basic shapes, cuts, surfaces, than using fillets to get the complex surfaces? For an intro class, it seems like this would do.
Yes the main curviture of the body. Is there a way for me to create the outlines of each face of the iron in photoshop and then have solidworks trace the outlines i export from photoshop?
SolidWorks does not do a good job of tracing.
My best advice, take a look at the camaro tutorial I linked to earlier, and Charle's presentations below. Try those then let us know if you are still having trouble.
The files become a little bit more tracable if they are png files with the transparency
adjusted then if they are jpg files. My 2 cents.
That's a pretty tough part to build for an intro class. Did the instructor pick it? If so, I think he's a bit too demanding. If you picked it, then you might want to pick something simpler and more analytic, like a soup can or a box of cereal. Well, maybe not quite that simple and analytic!
ok so I have a general body designed, its not exact but its similar to the iron. I am held up on doing the "nose" of the body. Any Recomendations?
Right now the dimesions are huge, i just sized the pictures and went from there. I will figure out how to get the dimensions closer to the acutal size or start over once I know how to do it.
I picked this to do as my project, not relizing how difficult it would be. My profresssor will not allow me to change so im makeing the best of it.
A lot of people don't have the software to open .rar files so it would probably help if you just brought in the SW file (I think the forum zips it automatically). Are you using the 2011 educational version, equivalent to the 2010 commercial version? In that case I will be able to open your file, when I find my software to open the .rar format. Now, if I just had some more time...
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