-First step was to draw a rough sketch of the design on paper in order to have a guide throught the designing process.
-Then I started drwaing this on the computer by creating a new file on solidworks. Go to file drop menu and click New or press Ctrl+N for the shortcut.
-A window pops up, You should choose part or drawing to start by drawing the 2D sketch of the object. Assembly is used when parts are to be joined together as components of something bigger.
-This is how the working space looks like. Click on sketch icon (Top right corner) to start drawing the design.
-The drawing planes are shown and you can notice the sketch editing menu on the left appearing. I choose the top plane for my design by clicking on one of its edges.
Here are the tools I used
-Corner Rectangle to draw a rectangle by determining 2 opposite corners. you can choose this either from the left menu or by clicking on the small arrow next to the icon of the rectangle.
-To change the lengths of the sides of the rectangle. Click on smart dimension and click on the side you want to edit you will notice the dimension written on it. Now you can double click it and enter the new length.
-I added 4 circles on the corners of the rectangle using the 2 points circle tool. You can find this in the tool bar on the right and there are the normal two ways to choose how to draw the circle like the rectangle tool.
-Then I added a constraint to equate all the circles by selecting them and clicking on make equal icon (=) in the tools menu popping up after selection.
-I added some more circles using the same 2 points circle tool. Then I added more constraints. This time I used a different one which is the tangent constraint.
-I finalised the sketch and used the trim tool to get to the final version. trim tool is in the tool box on the right and it has some different trimming options, the one I used is the to nearset point, it can be found on the left side menu.
-Finally I removed the parts that are not necessary for the extrusion by selecting them and then pressing delete button and then pressed on the rebuild button.
-Next step is to extrude this sketch into a 3D object. This can be done by going to the top left corner and clicking on extrude and then choosing the value of the extrusion and finally pressing OK.
-I then filleted some edges of the shape using the fillet tool on the top left corner and set the raduis to 3mm.
-Next I selected the edge I want to fillet by clicking on it.
-I added some more fillets using the same procedure as before to get this shape finally.
-After I was done with this I created another part starting with the sketch and using pretty much the same tools I used before, the only difference is that this time I used the front plan instead of the top.
-then I extruded the sketch to get this.
-Finally I added some fillets.
-Having the 2 parts I created an assembly out of them. To do this click on file, make assembly from part.
-I inserted the 2 parts to be assembled. By clicking browse, choosing the files and placing the parts in the working space.
-I edited the appearance of the 2 components by clicking appearance and then choosing colors.
-Finally I tried to fit the 2 pieces together.
-I tried to sketch more or less the same using Rhino as a 2D software.
-I started by drwaing a rectangle using the rectangle tool.
-I drew 4 circles on the corners using the circle tool.
-This is how it looked.
-I added more circles tangent to the corner circles.
-Next thing I did was to trim the excess lines using the trim tool.
-I added more rectangles
-I finally used the polygon tool to draw the polygon in the middle and trimmed all the unneeded stuff
I really like SolidWorks for 3D designs although that I didn't have any experience using it before FabAcademy it made sense to me and it was not so hard to use. On the other hand for 2D designs I am much faster using Rhino and I also like it in fact I would rather use it to create 2D sketches.
I decided to use Photoshop as we have it installed in the lab and also because I have some experience with it. My Idea is to make a simple design of a name tag. Of course I am not a designer and I am pretty sure that the proportions I used are wrong but It's just for practicing the software.
-First I opened the file of the FabLab logo
-I created a new file with the dimensions of the name tag
-Then I selected everything from the logo file using CTRL+A and copied it using CTRL+C and I pasted it in the file of the name tag using CTRL+V. - I had to resize it so I selected the layer I just pasted and pressed CTRL+T to transform this layer
- After being satisfied with the size I placed it where I wanted and deleted the text beneath the logo by selecting it using the rectangle select tool and pressing delete
- I wanted to add different text so I used the text tool to add a text layer
- This is how it looked like but I changed the font and the sizes until I liked it.
- I opened 2 more files for logos, added them, resized them and placed them correctly.