I have created a file to be 3D printed in SolidWorks.
When printed I would like it to have different surface texture such as leather.
I cant use deboss etc do to some of the surface geometry.
So is there some software and/or workflow that would allow me to take a model from SolidWorks, add some sort of generic texture, and then output to a printable file?
Thanks in advance
Nathan I don't think you can other than modeling it. Sorry but I think all textures in solidworks are just maps and do not change the solid surface just give a graphic view for rendering purposes only.
I did show that in my demo, the graphic texture (which unfortunately doesn't add a 3d texture)... that's why I mentioned the strata program.
In solidworks, I have found you must model 3d dimensional textures... however, a program called Strata design 3d allows you to add textures to a part. (there is a free tryout of this software, that I used when designing an egg package for disney, which you can see on my profile.) Solidworks doesn't have the capability (as far as I know, and I don't know much...) to add a texture that is 3-dimensional.
It is possible to add a 2d texture (much like a decal) to a part. This gives you the feel of having a texture, but it wont 3d print with that texture. I have tried...
additionally, if you do get the free strata download, message me on my profile, and I can show you how to use it to apply a texture, like the leather texture you mentioned
Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/adding-texture-to-to-surface-in-solidworks
Hey Nathan, thanks for your answer, it helped me out with Solidworks
Thanks for your replies, although this was over a year ago...
Ultimately I ended up sending the file to a guy who used zbrush to add the effects, but that strata program sounds interesting. I will check it out if this ever comes up again in the future.