4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 6, 2012 12:27 PM by Jerry Steiger

# Is it possible to incorperate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into solidworks?

I am a highschool junior, and am working on solidworks to creat a form fitting mold for a Reaserch and Design class. It is for a MPG competition my school does every year, and my contribution to the class is going to be the bodies. i am wondering if there is a way to use the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus to create planes and replicate the sketch without manually making planes every 1/10th of an inch. If you could help me with this i would be greatly appreciative. i still have a few months to get the bodies drawn, but i would like to know how. Thank You.

• ###### Re: Is it possible to incorperate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into solidworks?

Darin,

Are you using using the student edition?

I ask because this version is a very trunkated from the standard version.

Not sure how much calculus you need to import, but I would look at the equations.

If you setup equations correctly they can do some of what you are looking to do.

• ###### Re: Is it possible to incorperate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into solidworks?

Darin,

Another approach to your question may be in order.

What is it that you are trying to do where you would want to use FTC?

You've got a form fitting mold and you are doing the bodies.

If you can supply some more information, there may be a way to accomplish what you need to get done using Solidworks.

In general, I would say yes, there is a way, but that doesn't get you very far.

• ###### Re: Is it possible to incorperate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into solidworks?

That's like asking, "Can I use science to make my lunch?"  All that the Fundamental Theorem states is that if a function can be integrated, it can be differentiated, and vice-versa.  So... sure...  go ahead and use that.

You don't say anything about which function you hope to exploit, and whether you need to differentiate or integrate, or whether you have performed said operations.

If you are replicating a bunch of sections, chances are you would be better served by a sweep and using guide curves to control a section as it moves along a path.

• ###### Re: Is it possible to incorperate the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into solidworks?

Darin,

As Roland said, you will want to use the free form features, like Sweep, Loft, Boundary or Fill. You will probably be better off using Surfaces, rather than Solids, to form the basic shape, then Thicken to get the thin skin.

You don't want to model a shape by sections every 0.1". You are better off to minimize the number of sections by careful placement. Go to the Surfaces forum and check out the tutorials and presentations that can get you off to a good start.

Jerry Steiger