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How to model this bowl

By Plamen Cherkezov on 01 Nov 21:18 3 answers 871 views 6 comments

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.

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  • Joe Pollock
    Joe Pollock almost 4 years ago

    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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  • Plamen Cherkezov
    Plamen Cherkezov almost 4 years ago

    Joe,
    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.

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