Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces cool new features that enable manipulation of mesh geometry. With this new version of SOLIDWORKS, you can now create solid bodies and instantly convert them to mesh data. This then enables you to carry out Boolean operations, such as combine and subtract. In this demo, I will be taking you through how you can easily convert solid bodies into mesh data.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

An example of a mesh body is the one shown. Begin by creating a sketch on the top plane, then change the display type to wireframe.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

Notice that you can now reference your sketch based on the underlying wireframe model.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

You can now add sketch geometry and create sketch relations on the wireframe model. Once you are done creating your desired sketch, change the display style back to ‘shaded with edges’.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

You can now carry out a simple extrusion to create your solid body based on the sketch created.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

It is important to note however that these solid geometries are not automatically merged with the mesh data. This is where the ‘convert solid body to mesh data’ feature comes in handy. To do this, simply go to the ‘solid bodies’ folder under the feature manager tree, right click on the ‘boss extrude body’ and choose the ‘convert to mesh’ option.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

Your solid body is now converted to a mesh body. You can now carry out combine operations such as subtract or add by going to the feature manager tree and selecting the type of operation you wish to be performed on the two bodies.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

With this powerful new workflow, SOLIDWORKS 2018 can be used to perform some operations on mesh data, which will make this project much easier.

 

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