So I am having a bit of a challenge copying on of my parts into solidworks 2013.
I have this issue often when it is not a simple part. Mainly anything to do with holes etc and was wondering how others copy the design into solidworks?
Added is a photo of the part to show this one but I have trouble with others as well. I have tried two ways to get where the wholes go but when I test fit the printed version, they do not match up correctly or perfectly and is quite annoying.
Thank you in advance!
You obviously need precision so using photos is out the options. I would draw the inner circle, find the center and then use it as reference to sketch all the holes. Once you have the first hole you use it as reference for the next etc. Obviously you need to draw this on paper first so you can measure correctly. Good luck.
I appreciate the tip. The issue I often find myself having is finding the center of each hole. Another issue is that the center hole isn't perfectly round, its actually slightly an oval which threw off everything I had by quite a bit.
I traced it onto a paper but somehow still have issues getting center of all the little holes? Idk why I have such a hard time with holes.
I also tried to scan my trace but weirdly enough, after scanned all 4 edges (because the entire thing wont fit in the scanner) it seems to change the sizes or something because they do not line up on the computer after the scan :/
Well, the next solution is tracing the part on Cartesian grid paper and use a reference point that suits you and then use x,y points for the centers of the holes. If that is not possible, if you have a rough approximation then print the result 1:1 and test and correct until you have it. Good luck.
So figured it out I guess. You need to have a 3d scanner in order to do this stuff. I dont think anyone who did it the old school way lives now days or is on this site so that was about the only thing that has come close to accurate.