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 08: Closing Surfaces in SolidWorks (Part IV)


Some of the most difficult shapes in CAD are the ones that ‘cap’ or ‘terminate’ closed shapes. Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at ways of closing shapes using all of the various surfacing tools available to us in SolidWorks.

In our final week of our ‘Closing Surfaces in SolidWorks’ exploration we’re going to take a look at closing irregular shapes and how the best executions may come from using a combination of multiple surfacing tools we’ve been using over the past few weeks. Let’s do this!

  • Overview of ‘Filled Surface’ tool (and its limitations)
  • Approaching a multi-surface method
  • Using ‘Selection Manager’ to specify inputs
  • Using analysis tools to double-check your work
  • Smoothing out surface irregularities

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