Shell Tool

The shell tool is in the “Dress-Up Feature” toolbar, and looks like this;

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The shell tool effectively empties a 3D object and makes it a shell with a user defined thickness. A pre-requisite is a 3D padded solid, to which the shell tool can be applied. Create a similar part to this;

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Once this is done, select the shell tool. A dialogue box will appear from which the thickness of the walls can be controlled and the faces that will be removed can also be selected.

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Once you press ok, the shell will be created and will appear on the tree;

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There are some issues that you could face with this tool on CATIA. If the thickness is larger than half the width of the object, then the shell will self-intersect and CATIA cannot cope with it. The shell will not be made, and a series of error messages will pop-up. Also, very complex geometries sometimes cause problems. You have been warned…

 

 

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