Hi, i am new to the forum and am having some trouble giving depth to a 3D sketch i have done.
In the attachment you can see i have done a 3D sketch and I want to give it depth but cant work out how to.
Anybody got any ideas?
Could you explain what you are asking for by "give it depth"? Do you want to create a solid body within those lines? Do you want to turn on perspective view to make it look a little more 3d?
I want to create a solid body. and give the lines a thickness
I would extrude the bottom sketch up, use the side sketches to cut the profile and then shell it to the thickness that you want.
just the lines? for that you would use a sweep (or several sweeps). in a new sktech make the profile for the line and make it line up with the end of the line you want to sweep it over. and then start the sweep tool.
You could also make it a weldment if the profiles of the sweeps are common profiles.
It might help if we know what it is your are trying to model. Is it a ramp like object with a frame where the lines are and sheets creating the wall surfaces? Is it a solid piece of plastic to be molded? Is it a block of metal machined to a 3d shape defined by your drawing? Is it to be printed by a 3d printer? Please give as much detail as you are capable of sharing.
This is still a bit vague to me. Are you wanting to make a solid body like a sheet metal part (looking at your model, where it would have a bottom, back, and two curved sides), or do you mean by 'give the lines a thickness' that you want a sort of framework?
For the sheet, you're better off making seperate sketches instead of one 3D. Make the bottom, back, then loft your sides because of the odd curvature. For a framework, you can use Weldments to attach to line segments.
the object in question is for a project where we design a light of some description but we dont look at existing lights we just design a form and see if it is beautiful. Therefore what I am attempting is to make the object on solidworks then use photoview 360 to see how it sits in different environments and how it looks in different materials. I dont know what I shall be making it out of yet i could be using sheet metal or CNCing a block of wood or injection moulding plastic. If I made it into separate sections (lets say base and sides) then assemble them toegther would that be easier than a 3D sketch?
See if this part file will help with what you need. To learn how this was done, look up tutorials on surface modeling and converting surfaces to solids.
yes thats the basis of it but with more details and it is hollowed out in the middle and the curvature of the opening to the hollow section slowly gets smalled as it rises I will try now
If you want to give your lines 'thickness' a weldment may be exactly what you're after.
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