SolidWorks help

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 00PS, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. 00PS macrumors member

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    I realize this isn't the place to look for advice, but I am running out of options and with a forum as well established as this one (great job guys!) I thought I would give it a shot. So here's my predicament. I am trying to remove some flanges on a plastic case to make a cut for a vent. The vent is ontop of multiple faces and as a novice user, I don't how to remove the faces and create on seamless face in which to cut the vent. picture is attached...
     

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  2. StrawberryJam8 macrumors newbie

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    Well that's a hard one

    Seems like a hard one...although probably worth a try.,..

    good luck
     
  3. jamisonbaines macrumors regular

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    :x sorry i know only solidedge. in which case you would choose an appropriate face to draw the cutout profile and define the extent through the other faces. a little trickier if it is an assembly.

    there are many forums online that you could find devoted to solidworks and other engineering programs. i would suggest signing up and posting to one of them if you have not done so already.

    good luck.
     
  4. adroit macrumors 6502

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    I have pretty extensive experience with SW and I can help you if you can explain your question a bit better. I'm a tad confused as to what you're asking.

    Cheers
     
  5. 00PS thread starter macrumors member

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    Basically, I am trying to cut out a vent for a fan. The vent feature of SW requires the vent to be on a single face, and in this case it is not. The bottom half of the case has a mounting flange (highlighted green in attached image), so I cannot place the vent where I need to. The model was imported from a .igs file and I cannot simply "delete" the feature. How can I remove the highlighted portion and extend the face across the deleted portion to create a contiguous face to cut the vent?
     

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  6. adroit macrumors 6502

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    Ah, I see your problem now. IGES files can be a nuisance. You have a couple options.

    The simplest (aka. ghetto) way would be to cut the flange off with an extruded cut down from the top surface then fillet the raw edge to match the rest of the case (or you can do this all in one step by cutting from teh side with a sketch that includes the fillet). This would give you the clean face to add the vent. I'm assuming you don't want the mounting flange in the final model though. This also assumes that the case sides are perpendicular.

    The way I would do it though would be to forgo the vent feature tool and draw the vent manually as an extruded cut. to do this you could create a reference plane offset from the outer surface parallel to the case wall. Draw your vent pattern on this new plane and use an extruded cut to the inner surface. This would cut through all the various surfaces and allow you to keep the flange in the end model.

    I'm more of a manual Solidworks user, I don't like using the special tools but that's just me. Also, I hate IGES files, PITA!

    Cheers
     
  7. 00PS thread starter macrumors member

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    I now have DWG/DXF drawings of the assembly, are their easier solutions now? I don't quite follow you on either solution (and to be honest would need a click by click walkthrough). This whole ordeal has been my first time using SW and without any sort of drafting knowledge I am lost to say the least. Thank you for your patience
     
  8. 00PS thread starter macrumors member

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    I now have DWG/DXF drawings of the assembly, are their easier solutions now? I don't quite follow you on either solution (and to be honest would need a click by click walkthrough). This whole ordeal has been my first time using SW and without any sort of drafting knowledge I am lost to say the least. Thank you for your patience.
     

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