Each week we’re sharing a new tip with you here on the ‘Smack to help elevate your CAD game to a new level.

Our goal is to mix up the weekly tips to cover a wide variety of ground for using CAD effectively as a product design tool. Some weeks might feature basic form-building exercises to get your modeling muscles in shape and some weeks might feature rendering theory tips to make your sure your final projects are looking sharp.

While the bulk of the tutorials will utilize SolidWorks and MODO, we are always open to requests for other programs including Autodesk Fusion 360, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite and others.

All of the videos come from our industrial design training site cadjunkie. Be sure to head over there for the entire archive of Hump Day tips and the expansive library of in-depth training content!

SolidWorks Hump Day Tips 05: Closing Surfaces in SolidWorks (Part I)


This week we’re going to start a new deep-dive into methods for closing off our surfaces in SolidWorks. Because there are so many scenarios, we’re going to break it down into a few of the most often used methods.

  • Brief overview of Surfacing tools
  • Scenarios for ‘capping ends’
  • Extrude method
  • Design theory: flat versus curved surfaces
  • Revolve Surface method
  • Using analysis tools to review surfaces
  • Fine-tuning a revolved curve

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