Have you ever wanted to create a 3D model of a car in SolidWorks? How about this? Have you ever wanted to be taunted by a video about how to model a car in SolidWorks?

Well, you’re in luck, but it’s not all that bad. I contacted Daniel Lavoie after seeing his SolidWorks Car Tutorial video (below) to find out what was going on with the buzz he’s creating around it. Seems he’s got big plans to share his knowledge with all of those interested in how to model a car in SolidWorks. Here’s the background from Daniel.

The Little Story of the R8 tutorial

It all started several years ago I was learning surface modeling with SolidWorks and I was struck by the lack of resources available out there. It was pretty hard to find good content on the subject.

Years passed, I finally got good with SolidWorks. So, I started modeling the R8 just for fun as a side project. I could have modeled my good old Chevy Cavalier… but the R8 was a little bit sexier.

I posted my progress and the feedback was great. People told me that modeling a car was too complex for them… But you know what? Modeling a car is not that hard… the biggest problem is that people are scared to use surfaces and to sketch with spline! Let’s face it… You will never get flowing sexy shape with arc and lines… You want smooth shapes, you need smooth sketches!

After the completion of the car, a lot of people asked me if I could make a step-by-step tutorial about the R8. So 5 months ago I decided to create the car tutorial to show that it was not that hard to model a car.

Your Turn To Learn

Daniel’s plan is to make the tutorial available for purchase over the next couple weeks. We’ll let you know when it come out, so keep the old eyes peeled. If you would like to be notified when it’s available, he’s created a website for the Audi R8 modeling tutorial. You can get on the email list there. In the meantime, here are some more images of the car in SolidWorks and be sure to check out the video below.

The Video

The video show the 12 hour process Daniel went through… condensed to all of 5 minutes, 15 seconds. If only modeling was actually that fast. Still it’s impressive to see the progression from start to finish. If you’re quick you can catch a few glimpses of how he’s gone about doing bits of it.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.