Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Revolve, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- To create Revolve features, we want to make sure that we have a centerline as well as a sketch. All it needs to be is one enclosed feature, goes all the way around, and we need a centerline to revolve around. A couple things I want to point out while we're here. If you're adding dimensions to a drawing, I want to sometimes use what's called a double dimension that makes it a lot easier to input the exact values you might be getting from the exam. So to do that, so for instance this is going to be 250 millimeter diameter and not radius. So notice it goes with the double dimension. So I'm going to delete that for right now and go back.
If I make a dimension from the top here, to the bottom, it only gives me the option for 125. But instead, if I were to give a dimension from the top to a centerline, on this side here it's 125 but as soon as I pass over the centerline, notice it switches over to the double dimension or the full diameter of that so, If I want the diameter, all I have to do is dimension from something to a centerline, now it has to be a centerline to get that feature so, kind of handy there. And the same thing If I want to do the same width, I can click on the centerline, create a new centerline there, and then make a dimension from the south side edge, to that centerline.
So I'm going to delete that 30, and then add a dimension from here to the centerline, and get that double dimension. 60 and click OK. Again, add a few other dimensions from here to this point. Obviously I can type in "30" right here, but if I got rid of that, I can also do the same thing here. From that point to that centerline -- I'm typing a 60 -- so that's a double dimensioning, And a lot of times w'ere going to be getting diameters not radiuses, so it's easier to put those full values in.
A couple more dimensions here, I'm just going to type in real quick, Make that 15, make this 45. All right, now I'm ready to Revolve. Now, a couple of options here, when I go to Revolve > Features > Revolved it's going to ask me, what do I want to revolve around? I can revolve around this, right here, or delete that out of there, I can revolve around this one right here. So two completely different parts, depending on what I revolve around, so keep in mind what we're going to revolve around. In this case here I want to revolve around this axis, click OK, and then notice I only designed half the part, because it's symmetrical.
So that's where I'm going to use that mirror feature, mirrored about a face, and I'm going to use the body to mirror, mirror that body, click OK. That's my completed part. So that's a real quick way to do Revolve, make sure you can use those double dimensions, they really help out on the exam, and make sure we also can link to some equations values if we want to to make that a lot simpler. To do that I'm going to go back here, this 250, double-click it and just say "equal to" and I'll say, let's say for instance, A, and make a global variable, make it 250, click OK.
Now that's an equation-driven dimension and if I want to change it I can just go up to my equations over here, look at A, modify it and the part will automatically update. So, real quick way to make modifications, and that's the Revolve feature.
He also breaks down the three segments of the test (part modeling, configurations, and assemblies), providing strategies that will help you pass each section. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWP requirements review
- Working with sketch entities, tools, and relations
- Using the boss and cut features
- Performing sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Setting up equations
- Creating multibody parts
- Setting mass properties
- Working with materials and constraints
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Arranging features to change the part
- Working with suppression states
- Using a design table to build configurations
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings