I found very nice looking fruit bowl that I want to model in Solidworks but I can't come up with an idea how to do it. The issue I'm facing is that I can't wrap or extrude cut such a long text around the bowl surface.
I'm open for any ideas on modeling this bowl.
Thank you for your time.
Well I was able to get a rough proof of concept. I wasn't very detailed in the form. I just wanted to see if these steps could create a complex curve surface with spiral text. I have a feeling it would take some tinkering to get a really nice curve and getting the numbers to actually touch on the top and bottom, but I'm certain it can be done.
I was a little bit sloppy using the Flex command and it made the final Revolved Cut not work perfectly. If you use Flex make sure that the Trim planes are perfectly parallel with the top and bottom of the bowl. I usually just drag the planes on the model so they are pretty close. Then enter in the values in Feature Manager.They'll usually be off a couple degrees, so just change them to the nearest multiple of 90. It seems like Flex Taper is the best bet. If you're not familiar with it, it can be a bit annoying but it's a powerful tool and can be fun once you get over the quirky interface.
Sorry I don't have more time to get into details right now. I hope that helps and if you have any questions let me know. I'm sure I'll be on here tomorrow since my SolidWorks Student license expires on Sunday :(
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Something I just thought of is to make your numbers as separate parts. To give them all the same curvature, you could just take the extruded number and do a "C-shaped" Revolved Cut. Save it. Edit the text. Save it as the next number etc....
You should then be able to use an assembly (or multibody part if you're into that kind of thing) to wrap them individually. Since they all would have the same spherical radius, they could be mated very nicely and positioned just how you want. It would be time consuming but I think the results would be really good.
Thank you, Joe. I'll try both your ideas and let you know of the result. I really like the details you've given to me. They are very helpful.
I just thought I'd let you know that my SolidWorks license expired. Sorry to leave you hanging. I think this is a difficult problem but it seems like there are several solutions. I just don't know which is best at this point Here's my advice thus far.
1. Choose a simple Sanserrif font. Text geometry is more complex than it seems and CAD programs tend to get bogged down because of it.
2. It might be useful to convert the text to a path (right click on the text and you'll see this option) This way you have more control over the text geometry. It should at least allow you to move each number individually so that they overlap slightly. Then you can trim the intersections to have one continuous shape. which will be easier to modify later on.
3. In hindsight, it's going to be difficult to get a nice rounded form with the Flex command. It may work but I think it will take multiple Flex features to get the job done.
4. As an alternative to Flex, look into the Deform tool.There are several videos on Youtube. I just started learning to use it so I don't know the full capabilities. It basically allows you to take a solid and press it into another solid to deform it. In this case, I think if you make a solid body in the shape of the inside of the bowl, and use Deform to press it into the top of the "text cylinder" It might do it. Sorry I didn't get a chance to test it out.
I promised to keep you posted for my progress.
I have found an easier way to do the bowl:
1. I wrapped the text with high thickness on a cylinder. The text is few degrees inclined so the numbers touch at top and bottom. I played with it and found that 4.25 degrees suits me best.
2. I revolved cut the desired shape having in mind that I intentionally used a high thickness of the text to be sure the cutting sketch would intersect every digit in the desired shape.
You can check the model here - Pi fruit bowl
I want to thank you once again for giving me the initial guidelines.
That looks awesome. Good teamwork! You definitely streamlined the process. I'm glad I could help.