The Cutting Edge of Design - Part 6: Design Changes in xShape

By Sarah Taylor on July 14, 2021

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings you a better design experience and improves cross-functional communication with your different teams. Often we must revise our designs. The ability to collaborate in real-time with issues and solutions is an incredible benefit to using a cloud-enabled platform.

In the last part of this project series, we discussed managing our data within the platform. However, during the design process, we noticed some interference between the handle and the internal components which needed to be resolved. Today in xShape, we will edit the original handle component to accommodate the motor and make some additional design changes.

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Moving Task to 'In Work"

We are going to create an updated handle design using subdivision modeling. Once the project has been reviewed for the state of each task, we will choose the one we are working on and place it in the ‘In Work’ column so our teammates know we are in the process of our task. Then we can get started!

SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Space in Work Task

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Subdivision Modeling Environment

Once the new handle shape component is opened, we will get back into the subdivision modeling environment and making changes is easy. We will edit the subdivision surface feature in the Design Manager tree.

In the Sub-D environment, there are no parametric features or dimensions to edit. The only way to modify the shape of the solid is by selecting faces, edges, or vertices, and dragging them to change their size and position. In the image below we have selected an edge ring towards the back of the handle and dragged it to scale it outwards along the X-axis.

SOLIDWORKS xShape Sub Division Modeling Environment

Rotating Vertices

In addition to making the handle wider in the back, we want to modify the design so that the front face of the handle is angled forward towards the knife. To accomplish this, we will use a simple box-select to grab all of the vertices connected to the front face, then used the arc on the manipulation triad to rotate these vertices about the X-axis.

SOLIDWORKS xShape Rotating Vertices

SOLIDWORKS xShape Arc Manipulation

Arc Bend Tool

Lastly, the Arc Bend tool is used, which dynamically bends selected entities by dragging an arc that appears on the screen. The amount of bend applied is determined by dragging the end handle of the arc relative to the horizontal guideline.

SOLIDWORKS xShape Arc Bend Tool

Saving the New Design

After some final touches on the shape, we are ready to save this component. When the file is saved to the team’s collaborative space on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, everyone will have access to the new design instantly. The SOLIDWORKS assembly which references this xShape file will also be updated and should not have any interference with the internal components.

SOLIDWORKS xShape Saving Design

We are done! Next up, we will see this new design imported and integrated into the SOLIDWORKS Assembly, so we can add some mechanical features to fit the handle with the rest of the assembly.

Video Overview

Watch the video below for a detailed walk-through on the process of making changes to the handle using xShape.

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