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There are 6 Days until the 25th December and to celebrate today we have designed a bauble decoration, perfect for the tree. The bauble features a snowflake design. Follow tomorrows blog to see how the SolidWorks model is transformed into a photo realistic rendered image (sneak peek below).


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Modelling Overview:

Step One:
Revolve the basic bauble profile – including the neck for the hanging attachment

Step Two:
Revolve the cap profile – this is the hook section that is used to hang the ornament on the tree

Step Three:
Create an extruded cut through the length of the revolved cap – this will create the additional detail

Step Four:
Fillet the edges of the extruded-cut – creating a smooth, rounded transition

Step Five:
Create a circular pattern of both the extruded-cut feature and the fillet feature, the number of instances will depend on the dimensions used, ensure that equal spacing is ticked. For our model we used an instance number of 36 around 360 degrees of the model

Step Six:
Sweep a hook through the revolved cap – create an arc that intersects the top edge of the cap and sweep it using the circular profile

Step Seven:
Create a block file in a separate part – using a sketch picture of a snow flake. Wrap the block file onto the surface of the bauble

Step Eight:
Offset the wrapped snow flake face using the surfaces tab – an offset of a couple of millimeters will be sufficient as this will act as a decal on the surface allowing external textures to be added later

Step Nine:
Use a curve driven pattern to pattern two other instances of the snow flake offset surfaces

Step Ten:
Use the Surface thicken option to thicken the three offset surfaces into the snowflake bauble – this will create an embossment of the block design – enabling textures and colour maps to be added through rendering the baubles using SolidWorks Visualize


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