Learn Modeling Wire Meshes in SolidWorks from CAD / CAM Services
Until recently, only a small population of people required help in importing mesh files in SolidWorks. Typically, they would have had to reuse geometry created in an artistic modeling software or import point cloud files representing scanned data. The process of importing and converting these files to SolidWorks as the geometry that could be used was frustrating and cumbersome, to say the least.
In addition to the above, there were many occasions where the point cloud would be so large that importing it into older SolidWorks versions would not possible. However, the 3D printing revolution has changed modeling wire meshes in SolidWorks forever. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of mainstream SolidWorks users who require inserting 3D-scanned models into assemblies or modifying such models.
When faced with the awkward methods of dealing with mesh files, the ‘traditional’ users who are accustomed to the speed and elegant workflows available when working with SolidWorks models, expressed very strong feelings. Additionally, they developed ideas for repurposing the imported scanned data. The modeling of wire meshes in SolidWorks is a computation approach for designing wire meshes which is freeform surfaces composed of woven wires arranged in a regular grid.
Wire meshes enjoy the broad application in art, architecture, and engineering including handmade sculptures, filters, support structures in composite materials, and architectural facades. Despite their widespread use, a systematic design methodology for freeform wire meshes was lacking until recently. The advent of CAD technology such as SolidWorks has completely changed how wire meshes are designed and modeled, and today there is a systematic design methodology that professionals such as CAD / CAM services follow to achieve the desired wire mesh models.
Modeling wire meshes in SolidWorks may sound a bit complicated. However, the good news for you is that unless you’re the guy who is designing the mesh or your company is the one creating the mesh model, you don’t need to get into the details. When you outsource SolidWorks wire mesh modeling to CAD professionals such as CAD / CAM services, you can simply sit back and let CAD / CAM services do all the work for you.
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This article was last Updated on February 10, 2022