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With imported models, you can use the Diagnosis tool to repair gaps and flawed faces. If the gaps are too severe for the Diagnosis tool, apply the solutions described in this section.
Correct flaws to imported models (for example, model with surface gaps).
Correct flaws in the model with these SOLIDWORKS tools:

Filled Surface Tool_Filled_Surface_Surfaces.gif

Constructs a surface patch with any number of sides, within a boundary defined by existing model edges, sketches, or curves.

Replace Face tool_Replace_Face_Surfaces.gif

Replace faces in a surface or solid body with new surface bodies.

Move Face Tool_Move_Face_Features.gif

Offset, translate, and rotate faces and features directly on solid or surface models.


Options include:

Delete and Patch

Deletes a face from a surface body or solid body and automatically patches and trims the body.

Delete and Fill

Deletes faces and generates a single face to close any gap.

Swept Surface Tool_Swept_Surface_Surfaces.gif

(See below.)

Lofted Surface Tool_Lofted_Surface_Surfaces.gif

(See below.)

Knit faces, most likely used in conjunction with other modeling operations to attach new surfaces to the existing part. Use the Knit Surface tool_Knit_Surface_Surfaces.gif tool to combine two or more faces and surfaces into one.
Add draft to models that include faces with insufficient draft. Apply draft with the Draft tool_Draft_Features.gif tool.
With some models (either imported or built with SOLIDWORKS), you can use the Draft tool to add draft. With other models, you need to move or create surfaces to change the draft angle.
Apply draft by using Move Face Tool_Move_Face_Features.gif to rotate a face to a specified draft angle.

Apply draft with SOLIDWORKS surfacing techniques. You can correct draft with the SOLIDWORKS surfacing techniques listed by building new surfaces with the correct draft angle. Then you can use Replace Face tool_Replace_Face_Surfaces.gif to incorporate these surface into the part.

Surface modeling techniques include:

Ruled Surface tool_Ruled_Surface_Mold_tools.gif

Create surfaces that are either perpendicular or tapered away from selected edges.

Swept Surface Tool_Swept_Surface_Surfaces.gif

Start with an edge and create a surface sweep, using a guide curve when necessary.

Lofted Surface Tool_Lofted_Surface_Surfaces.gif

Use existing profiles and create a surface loft, using a guide curve when necessary.

Filled Surface Tool_Filled_Surface_Surfaces.gif

Constructs a surface patch with any number of sides, within a boundary defined by existing model edges, sketches, or curves.

Split straddle faces Do one of the following:
  • Use the Split Line tool_Split_Line_Curves.gif tool to create silhouette curves along cylindrical faces. This splits the part and enables a parting line to generate.
  • Use the Split faces option in the Parting Lines tool_Parting_Lines_Mold_tools.gif tool.

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