This is a 2D art piece of a turtle with unique multi-layered cutouts and a rounded spherical shell. The total thickness of the turtle is 1 centimeter, but it has varying levels of depth. The length and width are both 8cm. By using extrusions, cuts, and revolved cuts, we were able to make the turtle have many dimensions. Because of the cutouts on the body of the turtle, this piece could be used as a keychain, or you can keep it simply as an art piece on your desk or kitchen counter.
Partner Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3175424
Overview and Background
We used an image from google of a sea turtle to begin our 2D art piece (image below). We began by making an outline sketch of the body of the turtle and then extruded this by 1cm. Then we started a new sketch for the details on one side of the turtle (we only worked on one side because we used mirror entities to convert the details to the other side). We added the arm and leg cut extrusions with no problem, but when we got to the body details we did not copy it directly from the image because it was too complicated, so we simplified the cutouts on the turtle's shell. When we tried to mirror the body details directly across the y-axis, it did not work. Because of this, we only drew the details in one quadrant of the body and mirrored them first across the x-axis, then across the y-axis.
After this, we played around with aesthetics. We cut the body details all the way through and also cut down a little on the head and legs to make the piece look more like a turtle. In order to make the shell rounded like a sea turtle, we extruded more on the top and then used a revolved cut. After all of this, we realized the thickness was more than 1 centimeter so we made the original thickness less.
Lesson Plan and Activity
This piece was made in a partnership and we were given some constraints and objectives we had to meet such as specific tools we had to use in solid works and dimension constraints. However, we got to freely choose what we wanted to make (we chose a turtle) and most of the design. This 2D piece has no specific purpose or function, but it can be used as an art piece.
We were given this problem statement: "With a partner, you will design a '2D' placard using Solidworks. You and your partner will have the same design which meets the constraints below, and you will EACH use Solidworks to create your design."
Should have a flat back; detail will be on the front side
Should fit inside a box that is no bigger than 65cm2 in area when lying flat
Should be no more than 1cm thick
Detail will be made using sketches that are extruded to different heights
Sketch must begin with a constraint box, center-rectangle created from the origin)
Dimensions should be detailed but efficient
Sketch must contain zero error messages
Sketch must be fully defined when complete
Demonstrate efficient use of “Construction Lines”/”Reference Geometry”
Demonstrate efficient use of “Offset Entities”
Demonstrate efficient use of “Manual Relations”
Demonstrate efficient use of “Smart Dimensions”
Demonstrate efficient use of “Mirroring”
Demonstrate efficient use of “Linear Patterns”