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Step-By-Step Tutorial On Modeling A Soccer Ball At Solidworks

In this article, we will teach you how to model a soccer ball with a hexagonal module. Modeling such complex volumes makes working with simpler models extremely quick and easy for you.

Method

Go to File> New> Part

Save the file with the opposite name Football.SLDPRT

Create a two-dimensional sketch

Select Top Plane from the Features tree and click on the sketch icon

go to Tools> Sketch Entities> Polygon

Select a pentagon and draw a pentagon like the shape

Dimensions of its vertical side as follows

 

Go to Tools> Dimensions> Solid Polygon tool

Click on the vertical side and specify a length of 50 mm, as shown in the image below

Go to Tools> Sketch Entities> Polygon

Draw another pentagon in the center

Measure the vertical side as shown below

Go to Tools> Dimensions> Solid Polygon tool

Click on the vertical line and specify a length of 100 mm, as shown in the image below.

Click the Close sketch icon.

Create a two-dimensional sketch on the front plant

Select the front part of the feature tree and click on the sketch icon

Go to Tools> Entities Sketch> Centerline center line

Select the vertical line as shown and draw a diagonal line and draw two diagonal lines that intersect at the corners of the pentagons.

 

Go to Tools> Dimensions> Solid Polygon tool

Click on the diagonal line and specify a length of 50 mm.

Click Close Sketch close sketch to close the design area.

Create a Reference Plan.

Go to Insert> Geometry Reference> Plane

Click on both lines

Selected lines in purple and pink, as shown in the image below:

Click Ok to complete the operation.

Create a 2D layout in Plane1

Select Plane1 from the attribute tree and click on the design icon

Click the Normal to icon

Go to Tools> Sketch Entities> Polygon

Design a polygon with 6 sides instead of 5.

Hold down the CTRL key, select the hexagon corner and point 1

Then add a coincident relationship between them (in the properties field you must select this option)

Hold down the CTRL key, select the corner next to the hexagon and point 2

Then create a coincident relationship between them, as shown in the image below

Click Close sketch to close the design area.

Create a reference axis

Go to Insert> Geometry Reference> Axis

Select the “Point and Face / Plane Point” option

Click on the center point of the pentagon and select the design above

A yellow axis is highlighted, as shown in the image below:

Click OK to complete the operation.

Create a second reference axis.

Go to Insert> Geometry Reference> Axis

Select Point and Face / Plane.

Click on the center point of the hexagon and select Plane1.

An axis is highlighted in yellow, as shown in the image below:

Click OK to complete the operation.

Create a reference point.

Go to Insert> Geometry Reference> Point

Select the Intersection option.

Click on Axis1 and Axis2 to create an intersection point (Point1)

The intersection point is in purple, as highlighted in the image below:

Click Ok to complete the operation.

Create a second reference point.

Go to Insert> Geometry Reference> Point… Reference Point

Select the Intersection option

Click on Axis1 and Axis2 to create an intersection point (Point2)

The intersection point is in purple, as highlighted in the image below:

Click Ok to complete the operation.

Create a lift

Go to Insert> Boss / Base> Loft

Select Sketch1 and Point1 from the attribute tree

The selected profiles create a conical geometry, as shown in the image below:

Go to Insert> Boss / Base> Loft

Select Sketch2 and Point2 from the attribute tree

The selected profiles create conical geometric profiles in the modeling area

In Property manager> Options

Uncheck the Merge Results box as shown in the image below:

Click OK to complete the operation.

Create a two-dimensional plan in the front plan.

Select the front plan section from the Features tree and click.

Go to Tools> Sketch Entities> Center Point Arc

Draw a quarter of a circle to the center of point 1.

Go to Tools> Dimensions> Solid Polygon tool

Click on the arc and specify a radius of 100 mm for it, as shown in the image below:

Go to Tools> Entities Sketches> Offset

Select the arc and set an output offset at a distance of 10 mm, as shown in the image below:

Click OK to complete the operation.

Go to: Insert> Surface> Revolve or click on Revolved Surface directly

And Go to the property manager and select the axis of a rotation axis in the revolution Axis

Then Go to the property manager section and click on the Solidworks Contour check box

Return to the modeling area and select both arcs as shown in the image below:

Click Ok to complete the operation.

Use the Cut With Surface tool as follows

Go to Insert> Cut> With Surface :

Select the light surfaces in the modeling area, as shown in the image below:

 

Go to the property manager and click on the Flip direction icon

Other options remain by default

Click OK to complete the operation.

Use the Cut With Surface tool as follows

Go to Insert> Cut> With Surface…

Select the inner surface of the highlight from the modeling area, as shown in the image below

Other options remain by default

Click OK to complete the operation.

Make the shell as follows

Go to Insert> Features> Shell

To Go to property manager and set the shell thickness to 4 mm

Return to the modeling area and select the top side of the pentagon

The selected face is shown in blue, as shown in the image below.

Click Ok to complete the operation.

Go to Insert> Features> Shell

Go to the property manager and set the shell thickness to 4 mm

Return to the modeling area and select the top side of the hexagon

The selected face is shown in blue, as shown in the image below.

Use the fillet command as follows

Go to Insert> Features> Fillet / Round solids Fillet

Select the five inner edges of the pentagonal body, as shown in the image below

Go to the property manager and set the Fillet radius to 2 mm

Click OK to complete the operation.

Make another fillet

Go to Insert> Features> Fillet / Round solids Fillet

Select the six inner edges of the hexagonal body, as shown in the image below

The selected face is highlighted in blue, as shown in the image below

Go to the property manager and set the Fillet radius to 2 mm

Click OK to complete the operation.

Make another fillet

Go to Insert> Features> Fillet / Round solids Fillet

Select the interior surface of the pentagonal bed

The selected face is highlighted in blue, as shown in the image below

To Go to property manager and set the Fillet radius to 2 mm

Click Ok to complete the operation.

Make another fillet

Go to Insert> Features> Fillet / Round solids Fillet

Select the interior surface of the hexagonal bed

The selected face is highlighted in blue, as shown in the image below

To Go to property manager and set the Fillet radius to 2 mm

Click Ok to complete the operation.

A circular pattern

Go to Insert> Pattern / Mirror> Circular Pattern

Select axis 1 as the orientation reference parameter

Set the sample size to 5 and the distance to 360 degrees

In the property manager section, select bodies

Select the hexagonal modeling area, as shown in the image below

Click OK to complete the operation.

Use the Move / Copy Body Tool

Go to Insert> Features> Move / Copy

Select pentagon and hexagon from the modeling area

Go to the property manager and activate the copy option and write the number of copies of copies as 1

The selected body is shown in blue as shown in the image below

Click the Rotate box at the bottom of the property manager

Go to the modeling area and select Axis2 (axis 2) as the reference axis

Set the amount of rotation in the rotation amount box to 120 degrees

Click OK to complete the operation.

Create a circular pattern

Go to: Insert> Pattern / Mirror> Circular Pattern

Select Axis1 (axis 1) as the reference reference parameter

Set the sample size to 5 and the distance to 360 degrees

Go to property manager, select Bodies

Go to the modeling section and select the copied hexagonal and pentagonal body

The selected body is shown in blue as shown in the image below

Click OK to complete the operation.

Use the Combine feature

Go to Insert> Features> Combine :

Select the sixteen available sections from the modeling area

Go to property manager and click add

Click OK to complete the operation.

Use the Move / Copy Body Tool

Go to Insert> Features> Move / Copy

Select the combined body from the modeling area

To Go to property manager and click on the rotate reference box

Go to the modeling area and select Point1 or Point2 as the rotation reference

Assign the amount of rotation around the X, Y and Z axes as follows

X = 0 degrees, Y = 0 degrees, Z = 180 degrees

Set other values ​​by default

Click OK to complete the operation.

Use the blend feature

Go to Insert> Features> Combine Combine

Select both combinations from the modeling area

To Go to property manager and click add

Click OK to complete the operation.

Create a 2D sketch in Front Plane

Select the Front Plane section from the feature tree and click on its icon

Go to: Tools> Sketch Entities> Center Point Arc

Draw a semicircle to the center of point 1 (or point 2)

Go to Tools> Entities Sketch> Center line center line

Draw a vertical line to close the semicircle as shown in the image below

Go to: Tools> Dimensions> Solid Polygon tool

Select the construction line and set its length to 212.50 mm

Click the Close icon to close the sketch.

Create a rotating surface

Go to Insert> Surface> Revolve

Go to property manager and select axis 1 as the rotation axis

Click OK to complete the operation.

Use the Split feature

Go to Insert> Molds> Split

Go to property manager and then log in to Trim Tools

Select Surface Revolve2 from the Properties tree

Go to Property manager> Target Bodies

And Go to the modeling area and select the body (Combine2)

Then Go back to the Target Bodies option and click on Cut bodies to split it

Go to Property manager> Resulting Bodies

Select both files from the dialog box, as shown in the image below

Click OK to complete the operation.

Change the appearance

Go to PhotoView 360> Edit Appearance

Go to the property manager and right-click on the Selected Geometry dialog box

Click Clear Selections to clear the dialog box

Click on the Select Bodies icon

Go to the modeling area and select the interior area

Go to: Appearances (color)> Plastic> High Gloss> White High Gloss Plastic

To Go to property manager and select orange, as shown in the image below

Click OK to apply the changes.

Go to PhotoView 360> Edit Appearance

Go to the property manager and right-click on the Selected Geometry dialog box

Click Clear Selections to clear the dialog box

Click on the Select Bodies icon

Go to the modeling area and select the outer part

Go to:   Appearances (color)> Metal> Steel> Brushed Steel 

Double-click the Brushed Steel icon to apply the selected look

Click OK to complete the operation.

Go to: View> Display

Select Shaded mode and then Shadows In Shaded Mode and then Ambient Occlusion if possible.

The final figure is shown in the image below

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