Test you SOLIDWORKS knowledge. This sample exam question asks you to add fillets to surfaces and document the various types.
- For question number two of the exam, we're asked to create a curvature continuous fillet along this edge right over here. And it's pretty straightforward and simple to do. I want to switch back over here to the question here, you can see what it's asking us for. So we need a three millimeter fillet. They're saying to use a curvature continuous fillet, and they want to know what the surface area is plus or minus ten millimeters. Alright, so jump back over here. And the first thing I need to realize is that I have two separate surfaces, this one here and that one there, and in order to fillet the two, I need to create a knit surface.
So first things first is go ahead and knit them together, this one here and that one there. Go ahead and click on 'Okay'. And now we have one surface. Come up here to the Fillet command. And now I'm going to come down here, and notice 'Curvature Continuous' is already selected, but you've got the option of 'Circular', 'Conic Row', 'Conic Radius' or 'Curvature Continuous'. Click on that one there, type in three millimeters, which it's already set up as. It is symmetrical, and I just choose that edge and pretty much, that's all we need to do. Click on 'Okay', and there it is.
Now the one thing I did point out here is that, looking at the side profile of this, notice this little edge here is kind of sticking out a little bit. And if you were to switch that over to a different style of fillet, for instance, this circular one here, it would be a little bit more smooth and radiused. Let's look back over here at the question itself. And notice over here, you can see that tiny little radius right inside of there. So even though they're asking us to create a curvature continuous fillet, it looks a little bit more like a regular fillet to me.
However, let's go back, change it to 'Curvature Continuous'. There it is. And then go ahead and measure it. So go ahead and measure, I end up with 355.94. Now if you look at the answers, the closest one is 348.10. Now that is within the plus or minus ten, but I think we can get a little bit closer, so let's go back over here. Let's switch it back over here to the other style of fillet, which is not 'Curvature Continuous', which is 'Circular', click 'Okay', and then measure it.
You can see we're considerable closer to that 348 that they're calling out. We have 348.47, and the answer is 348.10, but again, we have the plus or minus ten, so what they're testing us on is if we know that we need to knit the surfaces together first, and secondly, that we know where the 'Curvature Continuous' button is or that drop-down dialog box is, that asked us if we'd like a circular fillet, a conic row, or a curvature continuous style of fillet. So that's what's being tested with this question.
Hopefully this makes sense and helps you out with the exam.
- Exam-taking techniques
- Surfacing tools
- Creating splines and 3D curves
- Building a boundary surface
- Extending and untrimming surfaces
- Knitting surfaces together
- Creating surface fillets
- Using the Thicken tool