Fillet, is always important when doing 3D design, especially you who involve in consumer products design and industrial designers. But making a good fillet, is always very challenging.
Today I’m going to share with you how can we conquer the fillets in SOLIDWORKS and some advanced techniques in handling tricky fillets.
The Secret behind Fillet
One thing that you might interested to know is, fillets always need to find somewhere to end, looking at the below example:
SOLIDWORKS fillet tool is able to automatically extend the RED faces; the fillet now has a place to end.
Types of Fillets
So, how many types of fillet SOLIDWORKS has?
- Constant Size Fillet
2. Constant Size Fillet- Keep Edge/Keep Surface
3. Constant Size Fillet- Round Corners
4. Conic Fillets
The Conic fillet tool creates fillets based on sections of a hyperbola. These fillets shapes can change depending upon input values. Numbers closer to 1 have a sharper appearance. Numbers closer to 0 have a flattened appearance. As a rule of thumb, use values larger than .5
5. Setback Fillets
Setback Fillets offer additional options for corner treatments. Setback fillets create softer corners where 3 fillets meet a common vertex. All three common edges must be filleted in the same feature. Enable Multiple Radius Fillet for different sizes. Select the common vertex under Setback Parameters. Select a size and hit Set All.
6. Variable Size Fillet
Variable Size Fillets change is size along their length based on user specified inputs. It support Conic Fillets as well.
7. Variable Size Fillet- Smooth/Straight Transitions
8. Face Fillet
Face fillets can create the same types of fillets as the Constant size command. Their power lies in their ability to select faces to define a fillet, instead of an edge between two faces.
9. Face Fillet- Constant Width
Constant Width Face Fillets appear to be the same size along their length, but the radius value changes along is length. These fillets are loved by designers because of the clean look they give.
10. Full Round Fillets
Full round fillets are useful for rounding off geometry. They will change in radius along their length to ensure the fillet is tangent to three adjacent faces.
Handling Tricky Fillets
It is very often when we trying to make a fillet, there is an error pop out and you can’t add fillet. A fillet usually fail is due to 2 reasons:
- The software is unable to extend one or more faces along the path of the fillet giving somewhere for the fillet to end.
- The fillet is too large for the geometry. It might only be in one small portion of the fillet path, but it will still cause the feature to fail.
Let’s have a look at one of the example below:
This part requires a .25” fillet along the highlighted edge. However, SOLIDWORKS is unable to add a fillet at the desired radius.
Hence, you may try to do following steps to solve the problem:
a. Identify Potential Fail Points
The fillet is most likely failing at the corner because SOLIDWORKS is unable to extend the corner faces to terminate the fillet.
b. Cut Away the Fail Point
c. Repair the Corner
Use delete face and fill to close the corner.
Alright, that’s all from me for today’s blog. Hope you enjoy reading. Cheers~