Monday, August 31, 2009

Quick Tips: Arc Length

I would like to share with you on a dimensioning trick this time. It is on how to dimension a arc length with smart dimension. Here i have prepared a step by step screen shots to show you each and every steps of creating a arc length dimension.





Mission accomplished!!
Questions: Can we do the same thing on a spline?

Try it yourself!

~ah lau~

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Solidworks 2010~ Faster. Smarter. Rock solid

Work smarter, not harder.

YES! We are taking about the latest release of SolidWorks, SolidWorks 2010!

It takes knowledge to design great products. You have the knowledge - SolidWorks 2010 helps you maximize it by working smarter, not harder.

Built on 14 years of give and take with the now one million-strong SolidWorks community, SolidWorks software provides designers, engineers, and other creative professionals with all of the tools they need to design great products.

SolidWorks 2010, optimizing the core design functions you stake your career on every day, has hit the streets. Sources confirm it contains some 200 new user-driven features to help designers and engineers work faster and smarter every day. Copies are going fast.

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When you think about SolidWorks, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s our 3D mechanical CAD (MCAD) software. And while that may be what we’re known best for, that’s not all there is to SolidWorks.

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> Design creation, validation, documentation, management, and environmental impact analysis as a single streamlined process.
> A simple design experience from the first sketch line to the finished 3D model.
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> Rock-solid reliability in every phase of your work.
> Strong bonds with the growing SolidWorks community.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

~SolidWorks Discovery~

Hi all,
Do you really fully utilize all the features in SolidWorks? This is very important to ensure your work progress is not dragged by unnecessary job!
Recently I have a friend who has attended the SolidWorks Advance Assembly Training in IME training centre. The feedback she gave me was: "I found that I have been a silly gal for 2 years!" She is actually a SolidWorks user and always working with some large assembly modeling in her design. When she knows that SolidWorks actually has a function called "Feature driven Pattern" she was so surprise and at the same time feel regret of never discover about this feature for 2 years! Previously she has spend a lot of time to assemble all the fasteners or some other standard components into the assembly. What she has done before this was picking the reference face one by one and put in the Mate relation in order to fit those screws or fasterners into the assembly...Try to imagine if her assembly consists of hundreds of fasteners?
This feature may seem simple and normal for those users who already known or applied. However, I would like to share this so that we are doing efficiently with SolidWork!

1. Below figure is an example of a conveyor frame, to attach the rollers along the conceyor frame, you will need to create the mounting hole along this frame

conveyor frame

2. This can be done by using the Curve Driven Pattern to create the copies of holes along the frame:

curve driven pattern

3. Assemble one roller to the 1st hole. Go to Insert > Component Pattern > Feature Driven:
Component Pattern= roller
Driving Featute= Curve Driven Pattern

4. Done!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Travel With Sampan

Hai all, this month the month of Malaysia Independence (August).. so with slogan "Malaysia Boleh", Malaysia citizen already did something we can't expected. we have Malaysian travel to space, Climb up to the peek of Mount Everest, 1st people travel alone around the world and etc... so this time i like to show something related with travelling. i dont have a picture about Dato' Azhar mansour ship, so this is a fishing sampan will replace that ship and this sampan also a useful transportation and many fisherman depend on the wooden sampan to earn for his family...

Happy Puasa!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sharing: Cool Design

Still remember the company which purchased the 1 millionth license of SolidWorks 3D CAD Software, OGIO?

One of the product that they designed in this company is 180 degree Moto Stand.

The patent pending OGIO 180 moto stand is turning the industry on its head. Unlike previous stands where you had to lift the back of the bike onto the stand, the OGIO 180 does the lifting for you. The rider simply pushes the bike forward and the OGIO 180 does the rest. As the front tire rolls through the framework, the stand rotates 180 degrees and engages and lifts the bike onto the stand. To take the bike off, simply pull the bike back and the OGIO 180 will reverse the motion. Now you’re ready to roll.

The 180 degree Moto Stand is pretty simple. Push your bike through the stand and it rotates to automatically to lift the bike with no need to use your post moto weak and shaky arms to lift at all.

According to source from Internet, this product is selling at MSRP$99.95.

I have downloaded a video of 180 degree Moto Stand from YouTube and share with you.

This is simply one cool, innovative, practical and yet simple design.

I wonder when i will have a idea to design something which is simple, practical, innovative and most important something COOL.....

Maybe sleep more this weekend will help.

Have a nice weekend, my friend!

~ah lau~

Good News For CAD user!

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In conjunction with SolidWorks Innovation Day 2009, IME Technology Sdn.Bhd. has organised a Photo Rendering Contest to cultivate the interest of doing photo rendering in 3D. You can either use the existing model provided by the organiser or you can design your own model and render it with either PhotoWorks or PhotoView360!

Don't worry about lack of idea to perform your design, I believe for those CAD lover, you may have the interest to build your favourite character after you enjoy the movies such as recently we have Transformer, G.I. JOE, Harry Porter and so on. Come on! Use your interest to win something!

You can visit this website for more information. Have a nice weekend =)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Crystal Apple

Hihi, I am Tyler and nice to meet you all. This is my 'FRIST TIME' posting to this blog, kinda nervous, hehe..

For those who like japanese drama, sure you will remember the 'Crystal Apple'. During 2004, the japanese drama 'Love Generation' made the crystal apple become famous and until now still u can see this crystal apple in many shops.

Just yesterday, i was chatting with my friend and suddenly this idea flashed up in my mind, therefore i decided to create this crystal apple by Solidworks. Also, i wonder about whether PhotoView360 is able to render for glassy or crystalline effect or not.

After i tried, what i can say is.. Woow.. it looked like a real crystal apple.. hehe.. and this is the effect.. nice ke? ^^

Following is the two major steps for the apple modeling:
(For those experts, just ignore it la..)

1st Step: Body of apple

Use the spline line to sketch out the cross sectional area of apple. After that, use the revolve features to make it into 3D..

2nd Step: Stalk of apple

For this Stalk, u may use either Swept or Loft feature to make it. Here, i tried for Loft feature.. jz as the picture, i used two profile and two guide lines to make this stalk.

Ermm~ so, this is my 1st post.. welcome to comment..
About the next post.. hopefully, my next idea will come soon~

Thank you & Hv a nice day~

:: Tyler ::

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tips: How to delete surface's hole?

Good day my friend, ever wonder how to delete a surface's hole? Let say i have an imported surface and it consists few holes, like this:

Normally how you remove it?

The tips I would like to share is to delete it with the 'delete' button on your keyboard. All you need to do is just select the hole profile, hit the delete button.

(I know, my keyboard kinda dirty~)

Notice a window appear? Just say ok to accept it.

Select other hole to be delete and there you go, a smooth surface without any hole or opening. You will notice the history appear in your feature's manager tree.

There you go, another great tips from wind_walker (风行者)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

National Inter-Varsity Student Design & Competition 2009

Hey College students, Institute students, University students……. Have you register for the National Inter-varsity student design & modeling competition? Join it now!!!

National Inter-varsity Student design & modeling competition 2009 is IME 4th design competition open for undergraduates who currently study full-time diploma or degree courses at institutions of higher learning education recognized by the Malaysia Government. The objective of the competition is to promote innovation in 3 D Mechanical design using SolidWorks in Institutes of Higher Learning, to discover design & Modeling talents and unleash creativity among Malaysian undergraduate students. The National Inter-Varsity Student Design & Modeling Competition 2009 will feature students using SolidWorks® software to design a variety of products that could improve the environment, with a design scope of “Design for Environment”. The Participants are required to create 3D Model or product that helps to reduce waste, various types of pollutions, heat & Save Energy.

Find out more now at

Free Registration. Registration end on 31st August 2009, Design Submission end on 15th October

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tips: Crease Surface

How to model a crease surface?

On this post, i will mentioned and shared a simple tutorial about modeling a crease surface in SolidWorks. I think the image below has give a good explanation on crease surface.

So my objective in this post will be sharing with you, how to model these surfaces in SolidWorks. First, I draw 3 straight surface that indicated as below.

Then, I create a dummy surface by using loft feature. This is a simple loft surface that the inner surface angle increases gradually. Have difficulty to understand? I also have difficulty in explanation this.

So, I did a screen captured from different view angle and hope you will understand better on my so called "dummy surface"

Then, I use boundary surface features to create the connecting surface. The most important option to check in this features is the "curvature to face" options. This is to make sure the connecting surface have curvature continuity with "dummy surface"

After that, we just need to delete the dummy surface and recreate the straight side surface. Then we are done.
The main idea of this tutorial is to utilize a dummy surface to create a crease surface.

Here, I am showing you the entire feature manager of creating a crease surface.

I have high fever and soar throat since yesterday but fortunately that Doctor certified that I am not AH1N1 carrier. 3 more carrier of AH1N1 were deaths recently because of late injection of anti viral. So I hope the reader of this blog will consult doctor if you have high fever for more than 48 hours. Take care....
~ah lau~

Friday, August 14, 2009

SolidWorks Toolbox Configuration

Since 2009, SolidWorks Toolbox has changed a new user interface which is much more user friendly. Here i would like to share some steps on how to configure your own toolbox by using the globe valve model:

1. Add-in SW Toolbox & SW Toolbox Browser. Click on the Toolbox under Design Library. Select Ansi Metric > Washers > Plain Washers > Narrow Flat Washer Ansi B18.22 M. Right click and configure. A toolbox configure interface will appear. Click on the 1st step- “1. Select your hardware”.

2. Click on the 2nd tab- Customized hardware Navigate to the Narrow Flat Washer Ansi B18.22 M. Click on the Custom Properties icon. Property Name= Material; Type= List; Link to SW Material. Under material column, browse in Plain Carbon Steel, Brass & Nylon. Under the value, key in Steel, Brass & Nylon. Click OK and tick the check box for material. Save the changes and close up the window.

3. From toolbox browser, drag in the Plain washer. Use the auto mate function to locate the washer. From the context bar, define M10 as the size. From the property manager, define brass as the material. Click OK.

4. To Have Your Own Standard Toolbox! You can't directly modify the existing toolbox in SolidWorks, what you need to do is to copy another set from the existing standard and modify the copy base own your own requirement. To access the Toolbox configure window again, user can go to Toolbox> Configure…
Under 1st page (Select Hardware), select Ansi Metric from Toolbox Standard, click on ‘Copy Standard” icon. Enter my standard (as example) as the name of the new standard.

5. Under 2nd page (Customize Hardware), click on my standard > Bolts & Screws> Socket Head Screws > Socket Head Cap Screw Ansi B18.3.1M. Click on “Size” under standard properties. User will able to modify the existing fastener size. To add a new set of fastener size, click on the “add new row” button.

6. Drag in Socket Head Cap Screw ANSI B 18.3.1M from ANSI Metric > Bolts and Screws > Socket Head Screws. Insert into the hole with washer. From the context bar, size=M10; from property manager, Thread Display= Schematic. Make use of the arrow to modify the length of the screw (30mm)

7. Use Feature Driven Pattern to insert the washers and screws to the other 3 holes.** Feature Driven Pattern is able to support Hole Wizard Feature as well.

8. Dynamically change the length of the fasteners. (User no longer needs to edit toolbox definition in order to change fastener length.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SolidWorks 2009 sp4.1 is up :)

Click me to update to latest SolidWorks 2009 sp4.1.

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First Lucky Winner

Hey members, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for your participation as followers of “SolidWorks-Malaysia blog”. During these few weeks, we saw tremendous increase in our number of followers in Solidworks-Malaysia.blogspot. We hope that the number of followers will keep increasing in coming weeks.

As we promised earlier, we would like to give a token of appreciation for those who are our blog follower. So this week we will like to announce our very first lucky follower for this week, the first lucky winner is Mr. Gilbert Tay.

On behalf of SW Malaysia Blog committee, we would like to thanks Mr. Gilbert for his contribution and feedback either in SolidWorks Malaysia Blogspot or Solidworks Malaysia Group at Facebook. He has provided the visitors/readers on these sites some fruitful and informative news on SolidWorks throughout his participation.

Mr. Gilbert had won himself a “Limited Edition SolidWorks T-Shirt” from IME Technology Sdn Bhd. We think Solidworks Community is looking forward to see more news from Mr. Gilbert in future.

How about you member? Do you have anything to share with Solidworks Community? Don’t miss this opportunities as we have more more more souvenirs and prizes to be given out...

The Next winner will be announce on next week...

Hi Mr Gilbert, kindly leave me your email or contact number at comment column or email to me for further arrangement. Thanks and congratulation.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

SolidWorks can make Durian???

Never think of using SolidWorks to draw out a fruit, especially durian! Previous day my colleague post this challenge to me, so i just have a try and finally within an hour i come out the durian model with some basic function in SolidWorks:
Step 1:
Create a new file. Open a skecth on FRONT plane. Draw out a shape with certain dimension as shown in the figure below: Step2:
Apply revolve feature to the 2D sketch.
Start to draw the thorn. Simply draw a triangular shape on FRONT plane. You can leave the sketch underdefined so that it can be adjusted to get the shape of the thorn that you want. Step4:
Do a circular pattern for the thorn and by select the circular edge as the center of rotation.

This is the 1st row of the thorn . You will need to get the 2nd, 3rd and the following along the surface of the durian by using Curve Driven Pattern.
Before apply the curve driven pattern, you need to prepare the reference curve for the pattern direction. Create a plane at certain angel from the FRONT plane. Make sure the angel plane is intersect with the outer face of durian. Select both the outer face and angel plane, go to Tool>Sketch Tools>Intersection Curve in order to create a 3D curve along the outer face of the durian.
Add Image


The 3D curve will be select as the direction of patterning when you use the curve driven pattern to get the 2nd row of thorn.

Repeat step 5&6 to get all the thorns. In order to make the arrangement of thorn more natural, you do not need to equalize the distance betwwen eat rom or even each thorn.
Do a mirror body for the 1st quater of durian.
Continue with another mirror body to get the full shape!
Your durian is ready to served now! =)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

share : DURIAN

SolidWorks not only in my work to create mechanical or product design, is always following me to anyway...

Model design by Charlie

Yesterday afterwork, i had when for Durian party with few colleagues. Beside enjoying the party, suddently something come in to my mind "SolidWorks" .... "Design Durian with SolidWorks" can it work?? immediately i post my request to my colleague. When she listened to my request, she told me she can't promise to design Durian in SolidWorks, because she never made fruit design by using SolidWorks before. However, I had a hight confident that SolidWorks "CAN" do it & wish she can try on. Finally she successed to made the design just in an hour. Do you want to learn?

I also would like to share with you on Durian @ Health Benefits:
-Durian is extremely nutritious because it is rich in vitamin B, C and E and with high iron content. Eating durian is alleged to restore the health of ailing humans and animals.
-A preparation from its roots and leaves is prescribed by traditional doctors for fevers and jaundice.
-Decoctions of the leaves and fruits are applied to swellings and skin diseases.
-Durian fruit helps lower cholesterol.
-Durian is a strong blood cleanser.
-Durian contains high levels of the amino acid tryptophan, known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and create feelings of happiness, by raising levels of serotonin in the brain
-Durian contains high level of soft protein which makes it a good muscle builder.

by * Esther *

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

tips: Projected Curve

To design something in a 3D curve not challenging at all since SolidWorks has this click-and-use feature to generate a 3D sketch. You know how to use 3D sketch, right? Okay,

Cool right?

something missing? Hmm...

Yes, the handle.

Recently I have a drawing. A drawing of a chopper's handle and it might fit nicely into this marvelous baby. Again, it is easy to design it but how can I re-draw it back if I only have the drawing? I believe most company who taking OEM projects would face this kind of problem as well. Client only giving you a 2D drawing instead of 3D model, like this:

Of course we all knew that drawing only giving us 2D dimension; not in 3D. So guys, how can I trace back the 3D curve?

Any idea?

Okay, this is what you can do. 1st of all, we know that drawing was dimension in front plane, top plane, side plane, section view etc. All I need is the front and the top plane. With the dimension I have, start with front plane, just create a normal 2D sketch as per the drawing indicated.

Next, of course, top plane. Same like front plane, just draw a 2D sketch as per the drawing. At the end you will have 2 sketched dropped on 2 different planes, front & top plane, like this:

This is the moment that we are waiting for, the feature which can combine 2 2D sketches into A 3D sketch. Presenting Projected curve!

It was located under
insert> curve> projected curve. Select this feature and use sketch on sketch options whereby you need to select both sketches. After you select, notice there will be a yellow line appear. Yes, this is the 3D sketch that we are looking for. Isn't it fast and easy to use?

With this 3D sketch, just add a profile at the end of it, swept it and there you go, a nice looking chopper's handle. :) Happy trying!~

p/s: the famous Orange County Choppers (OCC) which broadcast in discovery channel, their design done by using SolidWorks.