8 Replies Latest reply on May 10, 2012 11:48 AM by Troy Peterson

# How to construct such a thing...?

Hi,

I'm an industrial design student, doing a Solidworks course... I would like to construct a vase built from sphere segments, something like the picture attached... I tried using revolve with 60 degrees, but I don't know how to change the center point and still make the segment in equal sizes... any ideas...?

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Can you post your SW model so far?  I'm sure some people here have some ideas, but if we know what you've tried so far, may be able to help better.

One approach may be to try modeling one pane of the vase, then patterning the solid body you end up with around the centerline of the vase.  You might look at using boundary surfaces to set up one pane of the vase.  Or possibly modeling the general shape, more flat or simple, and using deform to shape it.  I'm totally not an ID person, hopefully one of them will chime in.

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Thank you!

Just attached the part...

The problem now seems to be that I can't do a loft between the planes...

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You will need to use the selection manager when selecting the sections for the loft. To continue the loft to the circle at the bottom you will need to split the circle into the same amount of sections as the other sketches.

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Just noticed the attached file! Thank you very much!!!

How do I select the "Closed loop" though? When I'm trying it doesn't let me select it this way... all I get is selecting sections from the sketch...

Also, how does one divide a circle into sections?

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to divide the circle, edit its sketch and right click on the circle - choose split entities, then click on the circle where you would like to add points (you can keep adding points until you hit escape.

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Considering the amount of splits needed in the circle I would suggest using a Polygon and edit it as needed.

The loft will use the polygon points.