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The Bottom Line

Create thicken/offset features. When creating plastic parts, you will often find that working with surfaces allows you to achieve more free-form shapes than working with solids. Once the surfaces are created, you'll need to give them a thin wall thickness.

Master It How would you create a plastic part file with many curved, free-form elements?

Create shell features. Shelling solids parts and features is a common way to create base features for plastic parts. Once the shell feature is created, other features can be added to it.

Master It You want to create a shell feature but need to have some faces be thicker than the rest. How would you accomplish this?

Create split features. Many times you may want to establish the overall shape of a feature and then divide the shape into separate parts of the overall design. You can use the Split tool to do just that and more.


  

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