Tutorial - how to design WoodCraft Model example: Dragon

tutorial for this model Dragon WoodCraft

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    We start of with new part and sketch on the right plane

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    go to tools - sketch tools - sketch picture

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    download the pic

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    Select the pic on sketch picture

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    position it..

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    start drawing the contour of the body (middle section)

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    then on the same sketch start drawing diferent sections,

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    another few more details...

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    all the sections I need

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    then extrude the mid section I used the mid plane in direction to have the model centered..

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    mid section

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    I made this section with an offset from the mid section to make my model wider and able to stand correclty

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    2 sections

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    3rd section touching the 2nd

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    legs section

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    legs added

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    final section on the right side

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    right side

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    I made this section with an offset from the mid section to make my model wider and able to stand correclty

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    2 sections

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    3rd section touching the 2nd

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    legs section

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    legs added

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    final section on the right side

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    Right side complete

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    notice the offset

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    on the left side of we have to start drawing the LEFT side sections it helps to see the picture

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    all the left sections are drawn on the same sketch

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    the more asymmetric your model is the better it will look ( at least change the leg positions)

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    when the left sections are done start extruding

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    When extruding always check the symmetries of the sections my first sections needs to have an offset!

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    2nd section left

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    2section left

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    last left section

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    last left section

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    notice the simmetry (spacing simmetry)

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    back to the right section sketch and extrude the right section of the face

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    right side of the face

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    from the left section sketch extrude the left side of the face

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    left side of face

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    on the right side we position the right side fixtures make sure they fit as centered as posible to avoid weak parts

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    extrude them up to the first left side section (not through it) and offset it outward a bit too

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    now we have to work on the rear fixture making some cuts to hold the parts in place one to hold the mid section and one to hold the end section

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    make the fixture nicer by adding some fillets

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    this hole is made to the end section so that they fit perfectly and this piece holds the rest of the sections in place

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    then the corresponding hole to the mid section

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    here you can see the shape of the fixture (it still needs some work to hold the other parts in place)

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    The front Right fixture is made the same way I made the holes depth half the height of the fixture and made them both exaclty the same to ease the assembly

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    then we go to the other side.. and position the left side fixtures too, you have to make sure theyre not colliding with the ones from the right side.. then the cutting procedure is pretty much the same as before just sketch over the fixtures face the cut profiles and make sure you are only cutting that part

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    here is a view of the four fixtures I made them all the same size..

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    to complete the fixtures we need a spacer so we will just add a little height to the open section its needed only on one side

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    they end up looking like this

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    now to fill the hole in the back I sketched on the RIGHTPLANE (symmetry plane), 3 lines then made them equal and made a rectangle over each one of them making sure they touched only on one point

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    extruded them to fill the hole on a mid plane

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    then on the same plane sketched a cut section that will be filled by the center section to hold these blocks

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    extruded the cut on a mid plane

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    added fillets to each block they have to be on separate fillet features because they are different bodies

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    Then using Indent Feature with the center section as the target and the bottom of each block as tool we can get a precise fit for each block on the dragons spine!

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    now back to the hole sketch we use it to extrude the fins to hold the blocks in place

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    now finally to the face fixture we need to position it and extrude it it doesnt have to have much offset outside the face we will have to work on it to make it look better

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    a simple way to finish this fixture can be just to make some more spikes come out of it so extruding this profile we can get it done

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    now I cutted the side face sections to be held bythe fixture

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    cut extrude the corresponding holes for the fixture to hold the side face sections

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    made the cut on the mid face section a little higher to make it different from the side ones

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    then cutted the corresponding piece on the fixture

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    and thats about it!! =) hope you enjoyed it

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    after taking those shots I figured it would look better this way...

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    how about that??