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Solidworks Sketch
show user profile  FX
I know some of you guys use SW, thought I'd run this one by you first.

Is there any way to import splines from Max into SW to use as sketch shapes ? ...or do I have to endure the sketch tools in SW ?

This is the shape I'm trying to build:

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6/9/2016 1:11:29 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 1:11:29 PM)
show user profile  FX
I endured :p ...these sketch tools take some taming.

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6/9/2016 2:07:28 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 2:10:49 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Edit: Nevermind the below... I read SW to 3ds, not 3ds to SW. haha

You should be able to translate the SW drawing into a AI file format via .DWG - 3ds Max takes .DWG so you don't even need to use AI as a go-between.

Save as > DWG

This can be down with 2d Sketch/drawing or even a 3D model if you create a projection drawing from a solid body assembly.

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6/9/2016 2:47:00 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 2:47:57 PM)
show user profile  FX
OK, I'm at one with SW :)

One question, in SW you can easily create sketch shapes using the text theory, it would be possible to make Max splines / paths into fonts and go that way ?

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6/9/2016 2:49:08 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 2:49:08 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Get your drawing into AI then form 3ds Max, export it as a .DWG and solidworks should be able to import that in.

I worry though as it might have compatibility issues as the drawing isn't created in SW. SW drawing retain a lot of math which is used to drive the modeling. I find sketching in SW to be easier than in 3ds max or AI though.

More accurate.

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6/9/2016 2:50:17 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 2:50:17 PM)
show user profile  FX
"I find sketching in SW to be easier than in 3ds max or AI though"

Yeah I'm sort of getting used to it, once you get your head around the dependencies it all starts to fall together.

I just tried DWG, it comes in but a huge amount of point and entities, there must be some way of optimising it but I'll worry about that later, I can pretty much do it in Sketch now anyways, I can use the DWG as a template to draw on and snap to.

I've had enough of SW for today, going to leave it before my brain farts.



I just noticed the DWG comes in all askew and warped, I'll stick with Sketch.
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6/9/2016 2:57:49 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 3:05:41 PM)
show user profile  khamski
Hope this one will get to final rendering.
Gl there.
Would be great to see what SW is all about.

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6/9/2016 3:18:26 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 3:18:26 PM)
show user profile  FX
It already has,

Just enough render detail to get the concept across, I'd already built it in Max and thought I'd have a go in SW, a few hours of trial error and Google and it's coming on ok.

I imported the main shape from Max -> obj using Power Surfacing Tools, much easier than doing it in SW.

I'm waiting on feedback from the (potential) client before doing anything else.

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6/9/2016 4:08:49 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 4:12:42 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Why is the button not red?

Missed opportunity right there.
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6/9/2016 4:59:29 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 4:59:29 PM)
show user profile  FX
Because it's not launching missiles.
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6/9/2016 5:26:32 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 5:26:32 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
It doesn't?! God damn it man, get your shit together.

Neat render though :)
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6/9/2016 5:30:19 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 5:30:19 PM)
show user profile  FX
heh thx, no real effort put into the render...I actually don't know what this is...clients being secretive, he says it's a generic IoT device, wanted to see what I could come up with.

It's to house a circuit board 1.5"x.75"x.25", no design restrictions but I let the logo dictate the shape / form / structure / button placement.

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6/9/2016 5:40:24 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 5:47:40 PM)
show user profile  S. Silard
I wonder how can you design something you don't know what it's purpose is?!
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6/9/2016 9:18:38 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 9:18:38 PM)
show user profile  ccampbell
^ exactly but the methodology is kind of in the right place "I let the logo dictate the shape / form / structure / button placement."

Nice job - start asking more questions! Otherwise you'll end up redoing shit later.

$Entrepreneur = if((Designer + Engineer)*Programmer){Problem Solver};

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6/9/2016 9:49:35 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 9:49:35 PM)
show user profile  FX
It's another contest, briefs are generally shit and (if it involves a "tech" product) generally cryptic, you use what little info you have and do a bit of research online.

" it's an IoT device designed for home use (end consumers), the shape/look/feel won't affect the way it is used"

It can be frustrating, but you just throw something at them and see what comes and forget...sometimes pays off, sometimes doesn't.
This is a big company with (I assume) an equally big hierarchy and decision team so you never really know what's going to come back or when.

..again it's not a huge prize, but the potential for future work is good.

...and it's a good way to learn SW ;)

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6/9/2016 9:51:29 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 9:51:29 PM)
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