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Oct 02, 2012, 10:13 PM
Aurora Builder
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.
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Oct 06, 2012, 04:33 AM
Registered User

Very good topic.

Do you know if there is similar tread concerning fuselage design with solidworks?

Best regards

Oct 17, 2012, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for the thread, I'm starting to learn SW as well, very helpful!!
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Oct 17, 2012, 07:28 PM
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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?

Nov 02, 2012, 08:35 PM
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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.

Feb 27, 2013, 11:11 AM
Inherent Tinkerer
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.


Feb 27, 2013, 08:31 PM
Registered User
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
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Is it possible to post a copy of the file so we can go through the settings.
Feb 28, 2013, 10:29 AM
Inherent Tinkerer
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,

Mar 01, 2013, 01:56 PM
I am actually really slow
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.
Mar 01, 2013, 03:17 PM
Aurora Builder
Mar 01, 2013, 09:23 PM
I am actually really slow
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'
Mar 02, 2013, 07:22 AM
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EDIT>>> Just ask someone you might know who's a student, and they could purchase for you.

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'
Last edited by Psionic001; Mar 02, 2013 at 04:10 PM.
Mar 02, 2013, 12:07 PM
I am actually really slow
Alright thanks guys
Mar 02, 2014, 08:16 AM
Registered User
Please keep this thread alive also more vids on doing wings in CAD. There is some valuable info here

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