Cosmetic Thread means?
In many design softwares,like solidworks and inventor, rather than actually physically alter the object, it changes the image of the surface to look like a thread instead. The thread will still appropriately appear in drawings though. Its just easier than having to make complex sketches to fully create the thread.
I can only add that "appropriately appear in drawings" means it just shows up as a dotted circle. If you want to portray actual "threads", you'd need to still model the peaks and valleys. You can cheat with a simple revolved "thread", or use a helical path with a sweep.
It all depends on what you need to show in a drawing.
I model "threads" just so the object "looks like" a bolt or screw. Otherwise the drawing looks like a rivet goes in the hole :)
thanks, I was wondering the same. So if i use Solidworks and put on matching male/female threads and print, will it print working threads from the thread command or do I have to manually make threads with sketches and following path?
In addition to Jacob Hudock's comment above, here is a link to a video that should describe exactly what it is you are trying to create.
There are other programs that will allow you to print threads easier than solidworks, but they can be printed. We have some laying around the office that were printed and function great.
Best of luck!
@kelly johnson as far as I know, the cosmetic thread command does not translate into functional threads when it comes time to 3D print, cosmetic threads are for facilitation of documentation. You have to manually create your own threads on the software if you want them to be printed. Someone please correct me if im wrong, but this is my basic understanding.