Power Surfacing

Industrial Design For SOLIDWORKS

  • Do you struggle with free-form/organic shapes?
  • Is it hard to create tangent/curvature continuous Class A surfaces?
  • Are you forced to use other software for industrial design?
  • Do you import polygonal objects into SOLIDWORKS?
Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS is a revolutionary plugin that fundamentally changes the way that engineers and industrial designers design parts in SOLIDWORKS. Power Surfacing allows greater flexibility and productivity in designing difficult surfaces by pushing and pulling on the faces, edges or vertices of the part. No longer will you have to fight with patching a set of trimmed surfaces together to form complex curved shapes.
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Neither SubD modelling nor NURBS modelling can effectively solve all 3D design problems; each has strengths and weaknesses. SubD modelling is great at producing and modifying complex freeform/organic shapes with smooth surfaces. NURBS modelling is good at combining shapes via Boolean and Feature operations as well as refining shapes with operations like filleting, blending and face editing.

Power Surfacing is a novel, power unification piece between these two technologies. Being able to use both modelling paradigms together provides huge productivity advantages in both the design and revision process.

Power Surfacing freeform design combined with SOLIDWORKS parametric design provides SOLIDWORKS users with a ground breaking Industrial Design toolkit.

Key Features

Single Unified Objects
Power Surfacing creates single unified objects which can be easily modified in both subtle and significant ways without pulling apart the resulting NURBS surfaces. 
Power Surfacing for SolidWorks
Convert SubD Models into SOLIDWORKS geometry
Power Surfacing can convert virtually any Sub-D model (even those with some triangles) into a precise NURBS representation that is understood by SOLIDWORKS.
Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS - converting to NURBS
Greater Integration with SOLIDWORKS geometry
With new features like parametrics, constraints, tangential connectivity, levels of detail etc. you can seamlessly integrate Power Surfacing geometry with SOLIDWORKS parts to combine parametric and organic shapes.
Import Workflows
  1. Import SubD models from Modo, 3DS Max, Maya etc
  2. Adjust shape, surface grouping, and edge creasing of the imported geometry
  3. Convert to SOLIDWORKS NURBS bodies and apply standard SOLIDWORKS features such as holes, bosses, fillets, shell etc
  4. Optionally export modified SubD models to SubD compatible format (*.obj and *.fbx) Design Workflow
Design Workflow
  1. Create initial Power Surfacing objects inside of SOLIDWORKS using a sketch as a reference
  2. Design the shape using the Power Surfacing tools inside of SOLIDWORKS
  3. Optionally constrain Power Surfacing bodies to other SOLIDWORKS geometry
  4. Covert the shape to a SOLIDWORKS NURBS body
  5. Apply standard SOLIDWORKS features such as holes, bosses, fillets, shell etc to the converted body
  6. Edit the Power Surface shape and the subsequent SOLIDWORKS features get re-applied in most cases automatically without user intervention

 

Key Features

  • Primitive shapes including Box, Cylinder, Torus
  • Creation from SOLIDWORKS sketches
  • Import existing meshes: Obj or FBX from modo, Maya etc
  • Dynamic Push-Pull Editing, Constrained Editing, Soft Selection
  • Basic modelling tools: Extrude, Inset, Insert Loops, Bridge
  • Intermediate tools: Mirror, Bend, Edge Weighting, Subdivide
  • Advanced Modelling Tools: Extend, Edge Extrude, Insert Edge, Thicken, etc
  • Conversion to Class A SOLIDWORKS Surface or Solid Bodies
  • Integration with SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree Editing

 

  • Do you need to create SOLIDWORKS geometry from scanned meshes?
  • Do you need to recreate or modify existing parts?
  • Do you need to convert meshes from other sources into SOLIDWORKS?

Key Features

Power Surfacing RE (Reverse Engineering) is the solution you need to get your job done effectively and quickly. Our Power Surfacing RE product has a unique set of tools to allow you to rebuild shapes in SOLIDWORKS from a large variety of polygonal meshes. It can import meshes from: 3D scanners, Finite Element Modeling, 3D sculpting programs, 3D printer files, other polygonal modeling tools, and online polygonal model databases.
Power Surfacing RE has the ability to constrain to and reference underlying meshes to capture the original design shape. The Power Surfacing RE tools enable you to quickly define a Power Surface shape over the top of the referenced mesh. With the existing Power Surfacing tools you will be able to modify and evolve the design.
 
Power Surfacing RE allows the customer to reverse engineer free form organic shapes in SOLIDWORKS. Existing products specialize in recreating precise prismatic parts from scanned meshes. However, dealing with organic / freeform shapes is extremely problematic...until now! Power Surfacing RE opens the doors to greater creativity and design flexibility. Now you are no longer limited to conventional design shapes. Power Surfacing RE allows you to reverse engineer human forms, animal shapes, car bodies, and other freeform representations.
Some of the industries that Power Surfacing RE supports include:
  • Industrial Design
  • Ergonomics
  • Sporting goods and clothing
  • Toys
  • Character design
  • Analysis of organic parts
  • Dental
  • Re-purposing existing designs
  • Dental
  • Re-purposing existing designs
  • Handheld devices
  • Power Tools
  • Jewelry
  • Cutlery
  • Furniture
  • Automotive
  • Art
  • Clay model digitizing
  • Cosmetics
Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.
Neither SubD modelling nor NURBS modelling can effectively solve all 3D design problems; each has strengths and weaknesses. SubD modelling is great at producing and modifying complex freeform/organic shapes with smooth surfaces. NURBS modelling is good at combining shapes via Boolean and Feature operations as well as refining shapes with operations like filleting, blending and face editing.

Power Surfacing is a novel, power unification piece between these two technologies. Being able to use both modelling paradigms together provides huge productivity advantages in both the design and revision process.

Power Surfacing freeform design combined with SOLIDWORKS parametric design provides SOLIDWORKS users with a ground breaking Industrial Design toolkit.

Features

  • Single Unified Objects
    Power Surfacing creates single unified objects which can be easily modified in both subtle and significant ways without pulling apart the resulting NURBS surfaces. 
  • Convert SubD Models into SOLIDWORKS geometry
    Power Surfacing can convert virtually any Sub-D model (even those with some triangles) into a precise NURBS representation that is understood by SOLIDWORKS.
  • Greater Integration with SOLIDWORKS geometry
    With new features like parametrics, constraints, tangential connectivity, levels of detail etc. you can seamlessly integrate Power Surfacing geometry with SOLIDWORKS parts to combine parametric and organic shapes.
Import Workflows
  1. Import SubD models from Modo, 3DS Max, Maya etc
  2. Adjust shape, surface grouping, and edge creasing of the imported geometry
  3. Convert to SOLIDWORKS NURBS bodies and apply standard SOLIDWORKS features such as holes, bosses, fillets, shell etc
  4. Optionally export modified SubD models to SubD compatible format (*.obj and *.fbx) Design Workflow
Design Workflow
  1. Create initial Power Surfacing objects inside of SOLIDWORKS using a sketch as a reference
  2. Design the shape using the Power Surfacing tools inside of SOLIDWORKS
  3. Optionally constrain Power Surfacing bodies to other SOLIDWORKS geometry
  4. Covert the shape to a SOLIDWORKS NURBS body
  5. Apply standard SOLIDWORKS features such as holes, bosses, fillets, shell etc to the converted body
  6. Edit the Power Surface shape and the subsequent SOLIDWORKS features get re-applied in most cases automatically without user intervention

Features

 

Features

    • Primitive shapes including Box, Cylinder, Torus
    • Creation from SOLIDWORKS sketches
    • Import existing meshes: Obj or FBX from modo, Maya etc
    • Dynamic Push-Pull Editing, Constrained Editing, Soft Selection
    • Basic modelling tools: Extrude, Inset, Insert Loops, Bridge
    • Intermediate tools: Mirror, Bend, Edge Weighting, Subdivide
    • Advanced Modelling Tools: Extend, Edge Extrude, Insert Edge, Thicken, etc
    • Conversion to Class A SOLIDWORKS Surface or Solid Bodies
    • Integration with SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree Editing

     

Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.