Improve Your Designs with SOLIDWORKS Draft and Wrap Features

How SOLIDWORKS Draft and Wrap Features Improve Your Designs

When it comes to 3D modeling software, SOLIDWORKS is king. The innovative, integrated software solution offers various robust features to accommodate even the most intricate models.

What happens when you’re working with truly unique geometry, though? It might seem to get a bit more challenging to use SOLIDWORKS, but that’s not the case if you know the tricks to use the draft and wrap features that it offers!

In this article, you will learn novel ways to leverage the software’s already handy draft and wrap features to improve your most complex designs further.

What are the SOLIDWORKS Draft and Wrap Features?

Before diving into the tips and tricks, let’s first discuss what the draft and wrap features can do for your designs in SOLIDWORKS.

The draft tool can be used to create tapered faces (at the desired angle) on a design. There are three options for the type of drafting you can do with this feature, including neutral plane, parting line, and step drafting.

The wrap feature does what it sounds like: it wraps your sketch onto the face(s) of a model. The wrap can be created using an analytical method (for planar or non-planar faces) or a spline surface method (which wraps your sketch on to any face type). Within the wrap function, you can emboss, which applies raised features to a surface. You can also deboss, which indents features. Additionally, you can create a scribe wrap, which essentially imprints the contours of your sketch onto the face of your model. This can help you create lofted surfaces.

Leveraging SOLIDWORKS to Create Complex 3D Designs

SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to apply “draft” and “wrap” to features that already exist. Simply launch the tools individually, set your desired parameters, and apply the draft or wrap functions to your design.

But what happens when the model gets a bit more intricate and requires you to create more complex components? When you’re working with an embossed wrap feature, for example, it may not appear to be quite so straightforward.

However, it is very possible to leverage the wrap and draft tools to create more complex 3D designs. Let’s take an embossed wrap design, for example, and walk through the steps.

Simple Steps to Create an Embossed Wrap Design

Here are a few interesting tips to help you leverage the wrap function in SOLIDWORKS:

  1. After you’ve created your simple wrap inside the SOLIDWORKS application, open the wrap command function and select “emboss”. Specify your desired thickness, etc.
  2. Next, you will create a scribe wrap to basically project your sketch onto a chosen surface, which creates a new face. Yes, it will take a bit of calculating to get from your original wrap as a 2D image to a scribe wrap with raised parts, but it’s nothing too in-depth. You’ll simply need to figure out your offset distance using some basic trig.
  3. Once you’ve calculated the offset distance, you will want to delete any unnecessary faces to allow space for raised (lofted) surfaces. Then generate your desired lofted surface to your specs.
  4. With a lofted surface, an original wrap, and a scribe wrap, you have three surface components that must be knit together in the end. Use the “knit surfaces” function to accomplish this and easily create a solid.
  5. There you have it!

With just a few simple steps, your embossed wrap model is ready to go.

Wrapping Up: How SOLIDWORKS Improves Your Designs

In short, SOLIDWORKS offers you many ultra-versatile features, including both the wrap and draft functions. These two tools are incredibly agile, allowing you to create complex 3D designs, models, and, in the long run, more innovative products and solutions.

DesignPoint Helps You Create Incredible 3D Designs with SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is the king of the 3D modeling software world for a good reason! You would be hard-pressed to find better, more capable, more integrated 3D design software out there.

If you can dream it, you can do it with SOLIDWORKS. So, when you’re ready to level up your 3D designs with an integrated software solution that supports the limitlessness of your imagination, contact us.

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