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 FilletXpert

The FilletXpert manages, organizes, and reorders constant radius fillets for you so you can concentrate on your design intent. See also Xperts Overview. The FilletXpert can:

  • Create multiple fillets

  • Automatically invoke the FeatureXpert

  • Automatically reorder fillets when required

  • Manage the desired type of fillet corner

Use the FilletXpert when you want the SolidWorks software to manage the structure of the underlying features. Use the manual Fillet PropertyManager when you want to maintain control at the feature level.

PropertyManager Tabs

  • Use the Add tab to create new fillets or the Change tab to modify existing fillets.

  • Use the Corner tab to manage fillet corners:

    • Choose alternative fillet corners and create fillet corner features. The pointer changes to when you hover over a fillet corner.

    • Copy a fillet corner to other fillet corners.

The Corner tab modifies a fillet corner where exactly three filleted edges meet at one vertex. Each face in the fillet corner must be adjacent to exactly three fillet faces.

If all three filleted edges are concave or convex, or have the same radius, only one fillet corner type exists.

With the PropertyManager closed, CTRL+drag a fillet corner to copy it to another compatible corner.

Selecting Entities

When adding or changing fillets, selecting an individual edge or fillet displays a pop-up toolbar to help you select multiple edges or fillets.

Hover over a toolbar icon to highlight entities in the graphics area. Click the toolbar icon to select the appropriate entities and populate the PropertyManager.

In the toolbar tooltips:

  • Right and Left = the right or left face of the entity.

  • Start and End = the start or end vertex of the entity.

  • Virtual = the adjacent tangent entities that the software treats as one entity.

FilletXpert Procedures

To access the FilletXpert:

  1. Click Fillet (Features toolbar) or Insert, Features, Fillet/Round.

  2. In the PropertyManager, click FilletXpert.

To create multiple fillets using the FilletXpert Add tab:

  1. In the FilletXpert PropertyManager, click the Add tab.

  2. Under Items to Fillet:

    1. Select items to fillet for Edges, Faces, Features and Loops .

    2. Set the Radius .

    3. Click Apply.

The FilletXpert adds the fillet features without leaving the PropertyManager.

To automatically invoke the FeatureXpert while using the FilletXpert Add tab:

The FilletXpert automatically calls the FeatureXpert when it has trouble placing a fillet on the specified geometry.

  1. In the FilletXpert PropertyManager, click the Add tab.

  2. Select items to fillet for Edges, Faces, Features and Loops . In this example you select the two faces shown.

  1. Set the Radius , in this example to .25, and click Apply.

The FilletXpert automatically calls the FeatureXpert to create the fillet. The FeatureXpert knows that it must create multiple fillets, and does so.

  1. Box select the entire model to capture all faces, then click Apply.

The FilletXpert fillets the entire model with .25 inch radius fillets, automatically invoking the FeatureXpert to resolve the fillets.

To automatically change or remove fillets using the FilletXpert Change tab:

  1. In the FilletXpert PropertyManager, click the Change tab.

  2. Inspect the fillet to change. Hover over the fillet in the FeatureManager design tree and note that it is applied to multiple edges. In this example, you want to change the lower edge only.

  1. In the graphics area, select the lower filleted edge.

  1. Set the Radius to 1.0, then click Resize.

The FilletXpert resizes only the selected edge by creating a new fillet for it.

  1. Hover over another fillet in the FeatureManager design tree that is applied to multiple edges. You want to remove the fillet from the circular edge only.

  1. Select the circular filleted edge.

  1. Click Remove.

The FilletXpert removes the fillet from the circular edge only.

To choose alternative fillet corners:

  1. Right-click a fillet corner and select Edit Feature.

In the PropertyManager, the corner appears under Corner Faces .

  1. Click Show Alternatives.

  2. In the pop-up, click a preview to replace the selected fillet corner.

  1. Click .

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To copy a fillet corner to other fillet corners:

  1. Right-click a fillet corner to copy and select Edit Feature.

  1. Under Copy Targets, select Enable highlighting.

  2. Click in Copy Targets to highlight all compatible fillet corners.

  1. Select the fillet corners to copy to.

Selection colors use system option colors Selected Item 1, 2, and 3.

Box selecting the entire model selects all compatible fillet corners.

  1. Click Copy to.

  1. Click .

Related Topics

Fillet Overview

Fillet PropertyManager

FilletXpert Add PropertyManager

FilletXpert Change PropertyManager

FilletXpert Corner PropertyManager



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