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Adding texture to to surface in SolidWorks

By Andrew on 07 Jul 17:05 4 answers 11084 views 1 comment

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

4 answers

  • hank coen
    hank coen about 2 years ago

    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.

  • Nathan Pomles
    Nathan Pomles about 2 years ago

    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

  • Hervé Reduction
    Hervé Reduction about 2 years ago

    Hey Nathan, thanks for your answer, it helped me out with Solidworks

  • Andrew
    Andrew about 2 years ago

    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.

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