Chapter 19: Plastics Design Features

Create thicken/offset features. When creating plastic parts, you will often find that working with surfaces allows you to achieve more free-form shapes than working with solids. Once the surfaces are created, you'll need to give them a thin wall thickness.

Master It How would you create a plastic part file with many curved, free-form elements?

Solution You can use the extrude and revolve features, among others, to create surface shapes that are much more free-form than what you can generally create with solid features. Once the surfaces are created, use the Thicken/Offset tool to give them a wall thickness.

Create shell features. Shelling solids parts and features is a common way to create base features ...

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