Learn how to use the Thicken tool in SOLIDWORKS.
- [Instructor] The surface thicken command is a great way to create a gap between an individual part or separate parts very easily. So in this case here, we have one body here which is the solid body here, right there, and we've got the surface kind of cutting through it, and what we'd like to do is we'd like to separate this body using this surface. So it's pretty straightforward and easy to do and let's go over to the Surfaces toolbar and we'll want to use this one called Thickened Cut, and the surface I want to use is already preselected here. We can choose how much we want to thicken it and in which direction we want to go.
Side one? Do we want to go midplane or both sides or down? Different options there. So let's go ahead and use that midplane one in this case. Click on OK. You can see we've got a couple different bodies being created, so bodies to keep, let's keep all of them, click OK, and you can see just that easily we are able to separate that one part into two parts using that surface and using that Thickened Cut. This is great if you're making like a plastic part and want to make like a reveal or something like that between the two pieces. And again, multiple ways we can use this feature. You might see something very similar to this on the exam, so make sure you know how to use the Thickened Cut, as well as, then come back and do some type of a measurement and choose multiple surfaces like this.
More than likely they'll ask you for something like an area and just make sure you're holding down control, selecting all the individual surfaces that make up that area, and then you have, looks like we might have missed something there, so let's go back to this, face, face, face. Most time if you come up here and you might see an edge in this list. So notice we're seeing a bunch of faces. No edges, so maybe, let's see. Let's try that one more time. So measure here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and then we go around.
Everything's fine so far. There, there, there, there, there, and there. Okay, hey, it totally works this time. I think maybe we just picked an edge or a point or something like that accidentally in the last time. We're getting a total area, there it is. We then probably take that value and input that into the testing client and away we would go.
- 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