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eBook Cover Design Using Solidworks – Video

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This video shows step by step proces how I made the eBook Cover using Solidworks.  If you are familiar with Solidworks or any other CAD Software, the process is very simple….. I only create 4 features to complete this simple eBook Cover Design.

Choosing The Best Profile In Solidworks

It is important to choose the best profile to start with when model in your 3D data in Solidworks.  Look at the example part below.  I will suggest to you how to chose the best profile to start with.

Sample Part

Sample Part

Graphic below show 3 potential profiles to choose from when you want to start creating the 3D data of this part with Solidworks.  Although any of these 3 choices could be used to create the model, some are better than others.  So the best profile will be chosen and used to sketch the base model.

3 Potential Profile to select

3 Potential Profile to select

Profile A
This is the ” L ” shape edge of the model and it provides a good basic shape.  But if we select this profile as the base of the model, there will be an extra work to shape the round edge (fillet) and the hole.

Profile B
This profile will provides rectangular solid body, much larger than the model itself.  It would require many cuts and bosses to remove or add material, create the details and complete the model.

Profile C
This is the best profile (in my opinion).  We only needed 2 other bosses to complete the basic shape.  A cut and a fillet would complete the task.

Best Profile For Basic Shape

Best Profile For Basic Shape

Solidworks Terminology

Solidworks employs many term that will be recognize from design and manufacturing such as cuts and bosses.  So, here is some of the term that you need to know.

Feature
All cuts, bosses, planes and sketches  created are considered Feature.  Sketched features are those based on sketches – boss and cut.  Applied features are based on edges or faces – fillet.

Plane
Planes are flat and infinite and represented on the screen with visible edges.  Planes are used as the primary sketch surface for creating boss and cut features.

Sketch In Solidworks

Sketch In Solidworks

Sketch
The name sketch are used to describe a 2D profile in Solidworks.  Sketch are created on flat faces and planes within the model.  Although they can exist independently, they are generally used as the basis for bosses and cuts.

Extrusion
An extrusion will extend a profile along a path normal to tthe profile plane for the distance decided.  The movement along the path becomes the solid model.

Solidworks Extrude Feature

Solidworks Extrude Feature

Boss
Bosses are used to add material to the model.  All bosses begin with a sketch.  The critical feature is callled the Base feature and is always a  boss.  After the base feature, bosses may be added as many as needed to complete the design.

Cut
A cut is the opposite of the boss.  It is used to remove material from the model.  Same as the boss, cuts begin as 2D sketches and remove material by extrusion, revolution or other methods.

Fillets And Rounds
Fillets and rounds generally added to the solid and not the nsketch.  Solidworks will knows whether to create a round (removing material) or a fillet (adding material).

Design Intent
It is how the model should be created and change.  Relationships between features and the sequence of their creation all contribute to design intent.

Solidworks Basic – Extrude Feature

This tutorial will show you the basic of Extrude Feature in Solidworks.  In this case, I will show the simple Extrude Feature operation.

Solidworks Extrude Feature

 

Click on the thumbnail below to see the tutorial sheet.  

*Notes – This tutorial was prepare using Solidworks 2004.

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