I have a car shell body which is made in CATIA V5. I normally use Nx 8 and therefore, will convert this file into IGS or step. I need a solid body, instead of a shell. My question is how can I convert this shell body into a solid body (either in CATIA V6/V5 or in NX 8)
Also, should I convert this shell body into solid body in CATIA (before exporting it to Nx) or should I first export it to Nx and then convert it into solid body ?
So is it a surface of the car body or shell which actually is a solid body already? I guess it's just a surface at this point?
You can turn it into a solid body in both CATIA V5 or NX 8. In NX use the "Thicken" command which will give thickness to a surface and also turn it from surface to a solid body. NX can import CATIA V5 files (.catprt and .catprd) if you have the converting application in your NX, so there is necessarily no need for STEP/IGES conversion while opening the files in NX.
Ask if any problems appear.
Samu, what tool would you use in CATIA v5 to turn a shelled part into a solid body?
Hello Suojanen, I am not able to use the thicken command. I think the body it is a linked body. So, when I select one face to apply thikness command, the entire body gets selected and then there is an error 'Cannot apply thicken '.
I don't remember at the moment but it might be that surfaces and solids are both shown as "linked body" in NX so it's hard to tell if the model is correct surface to be thickened.
Could you upload the model somewhere and PM me the download link, I can take a look in it in NX 9?
Yes, if thickness is given to a surface, it's considered as solid model after that.
If I select only one car surface and extrude it by 0.5 or 1 mm then will it be considered as solid model ?
joe: isn't a shell body already a solid body? do you mean converting a surface into a solid body? At least in NX a shell body has thickness and therefore is a solid body. I can't remember how it was in V5.
Hello ! Thanks for your reply. I was actually busy on some other project. But now, I'm back on this project. I'll try your method and will definitely let you know if it works.
Thanks, again !