Oct 02, 2012, 10:13 PM Aurora Builder United States, MD, Lusby Joined Nov 2003 3,129 Posts This thread is fantastic. One day I'll post some of my how-to's when working with complex parts and things that don't want to loft easily.
 Oct 06, 2012, 04:33 AM Registered User France Joined Jan 2006 222 Posts HI, Very good topic. Do you know if there is similar tread concerning fuselage design with solidworks? Best regards Nicolas
 Oct 17, 2012, 03:50 AM Team Hong Kong F3K Hong Kong Joined Sep 2010 2,630 Posts Thanks for the thread, I'm starting to learn SW as well, very helpful!!
 Oct 17, 2012, 07:28 PM not bad for one eye atlantic canada Joined Jun 2008 63 Posts I'm working on a new project and have a few questions about my method for setting the trailing-edge gap. Instead of using profili, I used the set T.E. gap in XFLR. I did so by dividing the desired T.E. gap by the airfoil chord length, then multiplying by 100 (for ex., .3mm/50mm x 100=.6mm). I then entered the resulting .6mm into the T.E. gap value box and used the hinge line % as the blend distance value. I exported the foil from XFLR as .txt and added the column of zeros in notepad. Because I work in metric, when I imported the profile to SW, it was 1mm so scaling was easy, as I just multiplied it by the chord length and moved it. So, my questions are: 1) Is the hinge suitable as the blend distance in XFLR? And, 2) Is this crap? In other words, am I just distorting the foil? Thanks, Paul.
 Nov 02, 2012, 08:35 PM Dieselized User Chicagoland Joined Feb 2000 7,039 Posts If you are adding TE thickness the airfoil is being distorted. That's where XFLR5 comes in. You can analyze the see how much it's changed. I can't see you doing much about it, however. The airfoil must have a reasonable thickness on the TE at model scale. Greg
 Feb 27, 2013, 11:11 AM Inherent Tinkerer Wichita, Kansas, USA Joined Jul 2003 1,400 Posts Anyone know why my drawing sizes are limited to 500mm in SW 2012? I can't extrude a fuselage or wing beyond 500mm due to limitations in the drawing size and can't figure out why. Thanks! Jimmy Latest blog entry: F2 Development
 Feb 27, 2013, 08:31 PM Registered User Calgary, AB, Canada Joined Oct 2002 1,808 Posts Are you talking about a limitation you are experiencing within the 3D model itself? (like a problem extruding or lofting using a command within the features tab)? Or do you mean difficulties trying to make aterations pertaining to the 'drawing' (SW lingo for the paper hardcopy representation of the model? A drawing issue may simply be a function of the paper size &/or scale setup or drawing template used. Its just trying to fit the model views based on the X:Y scaling values you define, but that does not affect the 3D model itself. I think you can actually make alterations to model within the drawing & SW is smart in that it updates the model so everything is current. But generally I think you want to make changes to the model & let the drawing come out as a product. There should be no limit I can think of just increasing the geometry of the underlying sketches or planes or whatever in order to extrude distances as long as the math is valid & nothing funky going on. Did you import as one set of units into a SW template of different units? For example when you dimension a section or chord, does it show proper mm as units or whatever you are working in? And same test in the drawing?
 Feb 28, 2013, 01:24 AM Registered User New Zealand, Auckland, Pukekohe Joined Apr 2011 210 Posts Is it possible to post a copy of the file so we can go through the settings.
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Here's a drawing that I have the problem with. I think I may have found the problem. I found that the units for the drawing was set to meters, not millimeters. I had changed the units to MM but it evidently doesn't save your preferences in SW2012 like it did in 2008. I saved a new template and hope that will take care of the issue.

Thanks again for your help,

Jimmy

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 Mar 01, 2013, 01:56 PM I am actually really slow Brisbane Joined Jun 2008 863 Posts How do you guys get solidworks? Im not in school, dont own a business and would like to begin learning it for hobby purposes. Is there a way? Or is out of reach for the everyday person? Im know my way around Rhino pretty well, but would like to try solidworks.
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 Mar 01, 2013, 09:23 PM I am actually really slow Brisbane Joined Jun 2008 863 Posts Thanks Sam, your post was about as informative as a bag of sticks. Thanks. Anyone with a more usefull response? Already looked at their website. Found no licensing options for 'normal people'
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 Originally Posted by SlowBarless Thanks Sam, your post was about as informative as a bag of sticks. Thanks. Anyone with a more usefull response? Already looked at their website. Found no licensing options for 'normal people'
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 Mar 02, 2013, 12:07 PM I am actually really slow Brisbane Joined Jun 2008 863 Posts Alright thanks guys