Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Selamat Hari Raya Merdeka

Hope I'm not too late to wish all of you who visits our blog and big big




Remember to drive safe and please, consume less sugar and fat. *evil*

Holiday!~ I'm off to Cameron Highland, the weather is too hot~

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Green Design Contest - Winner

Great news folk. For you who had joined the SolidWorks Green Design Contest, the results are out.

You can get the winner list HERE.

A screenshot of the winner page
You are right, my name is not in the list.

In the list, I saw a lot of winners who bringing back an Apple Ipad 2 and the 1st place winner for commercial are packing his luggage and preparing to fly to Chaa Creek Rainforest Eco Lodge in Belize for a 4 nights vacation.

Now I'm really, really jealous because my submission didn't win any prize, even runner up. Below is my submission.

simple 1 piece sheet metal that can be arrangement in different methods
Guess my design is not sustainable enough by selecting the wrong material.Any comments on my design? If you are the interior designer for an airport, will you consider my design?



Wonder how UTM can convince the judges about the engineering ability of the car? Here is the answer!

1. Versatility of 3D modeling

 UTM visualize the car from the conceptual modeling to 3D modeling. Waht the best thing when talk about 3D modeling is you might find that your design and actual product will looks the same!

speaking of Engineering Drawing 101- SolidWorks 3D Modeling software will easily create most curves that is hard to be drawn in 2D drawing. the curve that had been made in 3D will then read out as Drawing with exact parameter as what the 3D modeling have.

2. Intergration of FEA analysis with 3D modeling

Providing the proof on bending analysis of the car frame definitely helps the team in term of fabricating the lightest frame as possible. With the result of bending analysis using SolidWorks simulation software, the entire structure was calculated and the best design for framework with highest safety factor and lightest weight had been produced.

3. Post processing of Aerodynamics analysis

Using SolidWorks Flow Simulation, the team had been able to provide evidence on the ability of the 3D modeling design to achieve desired coefficient of drag where at the same time the analysis will help the team to construct a model that produce lowest vortex as possible.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Feature: Variable Fillet

Hi there! This month I will show you how to create a variable fillet. Ok, let’s take example I want to create a glass like this.

What you need to do:

1. Create the glass shape. As you can see, the bottom area is smaller than the top area. Thus, The fastest way to create this profile is by using loft technique.
2. Create the sketch on the top plane. Then, create another sketch at the offset plane 100mm from the top plane. Sketch rectangle on both plane start from the origin. Use center rectangle type.

3. A good loft technique will bear in mind the location of the connector. Make sure that the connectors resume a straight line when you try to loft the shape. Shown below is the connector connection between one to the other.

4. Now, i want to create a variable fillet at the edge of the lofted feature. What is variable fillet? Variable fillet is one of the fillets inside SolidWorks. Using variable fillet, it allow you to use control points to define the fillet. Take example, this edge; I use variable fillets to define its radius at certain points.

5. The result would be like this.

6. Next, I want to copy the variable fillet so that is looks like this.

Okay, let the tutorial end here. I would like you to think how we can copy this variable fillet and put it at the other edges. When we are done with the brainstorming, we are going to finish the glass. Let's try this out.

Warhamni ( a.k.a 我爱你 (i love you),she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Although she join the team late but trust me, she's good in 'playing' SolidWorks and a fast learner. She can easily answer you in no time, with her lighting speed Kawasaki.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tips & Tricks: Sketch extend

Hi, Have you ever found that we can extend the line by using trim entities command in sketch?

Have you ever tried?

For example on the sketch above I would like close the gap by extending the line with command “Trim Entities” instead of “Extend Entities”. Can it be done? Let’s try on it.

I use Trim to closest type of trim and click on the line and drag it to the vertical line until the colour highlight (green in this case) and release your mouse.

And the result showed as above. Have a try!
Suhaila ( beside a great singer, she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Her experiences in SolidWorks help to explore a lot of great tips and tricks to allow us to design faster.