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How to split curved solid into two parts

By Matt Williams on 04 Mar 20:41 2 answers 1689 views 1 comment

First time solidworker here, so excuse me if this is a noob question, but after some hours I could not figure out how to achieve what I want.

Basically, I have a curved solid, achieved by creating a straight solid and bending it using Flex feature. Now I want to split it along the middleline (3DSketch4 in attached file), how can I do this?
I've tried splitting, deleting faces, etc. The only way I seem to be able to do it, is by cutting first, and than bending the individual parts in the same manner.

The reason why I want to do this is because I want to create two hollow parts that can click together once 3d printed.

Thanks in advance

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  • MALLIAS
    MALLIAS over 2 years ago

    Here is the way to do it:

    Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/how-to-split-curved-solid-into-two-parts

  • Matt Williams
    Matt Williams over 2 years ago

    Thanks! The answer was right under my nose.. I tried to do exactly the same with the 3D Sketch (not making it a surface first, assuming Solidworks would be smart enough).

    It also says "Select Solid, or Surface Bodies as the Targets for the Split Operation. Select a Sketch, Plane of Surface for the Trim Tools Geometry, and click Cut Bodies to Perform the Split." (With excessive use of Capitalization for some reason), so I assumed the 3D sketch would work, guess they meant a normal sketch.

    Thank you so much for your help!

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