making a headboard in solidworks that has been tufted and not quite sure how to go about it...my headboard is 74.5in long X 10.96in high X 1in thick. TYA.
Ok attaching is working again, so here is my example.
Can you post a picture of a tufted headboard?
Are you talking about one of those dimpled fabric jobbies, e.g. this?:
If that's the case, that'd be quite a tough job requiring some heavy surfacing. I'd suggest you don't need that geometric detail for 99.9% of scenarios, so why not just model it as a flat (or curved bulging) surface, and then apply a surface texture using a Google Image result showing the tuft or whatever pattern you want?
A real quick/dirty way to get somewhat close to that dimpled pattern is to do a lofted cut onto the surface that tapers to a point, and then do a fill pattern (or other pattern). For example, I cut this diamond-shaped divot into the surface by lofting a square down to a point. You could do a much better job by making your loft out of multiple curved profiles, but I threw this together real quick to illustrate the idea in principle...
Or as I said, just add a texture. I just tried it and it turned out looking great. However, the forum is not allowing me to upload any more screenshots currently (must have maxed it out with those two whopping-huge images above?).
I came up with something that might help, but I am also unable to attach files or include pictures. There must be something wrong with the forum right now.
If you could try it Monday? its just a markering design but we thought adding the tufts would make it look more modern...TYA
Yeah I'll keep checking back to see if I can upload.
Attaching is still not working. I can email you my file if you want, just PM me your email address.
oh wow that is perfect wish I had solidworks 14 so I could see how you did it. but that is awesome to know that you can do stuff like that in solidworks.
Oh that sucks that you can't open it. The process was kind of complicated and hard to explain, but if you want to try it out I can make step-by-step instructions when I have time.
Or I'd suggest trying Greg's much simpler suggestion of using a surface appearance from an image file. If you can find a high-quality image of a headboard, crop a section out like my attach file. Then you can drag that image from windows into SW onto the headboard surface, and it will automatically pattern it all over the surface. Then you can edit that texture and change the scaling etc. to get it how you want.
is there an easier modeling technique that can be utilized (not surface appearance)?
I'm glad to see some furniture on the forums! I am using SolidWorks to draw furniture, and need all the help I can get. Tufting has been my nemesis!
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