QUICKSURFACE Tutorials

Learn how to use QUICKSURFACE by watching the tutorials. We highly recommend to watch them one by one in the order they are listed, but you can come back at any time and watch specific one when needed. When you finish the training, take a look at our 'Tips & Tricks' section below.

Sample Files
 If you don't have your own STL files, you can use our parts and try to reconstruct yourself. Download by clicking on the Download link. (Please, read carefully the disclaimer before downloading). DISCLAIMER: You can use the sample files only for training purposes while learning QUICKSURFACE. You cannot redistribute the files or use them for anything else.

Basic part (prismatic shapes) STL Download, Aerosol knob (free form surface) STL Download, Watch (hybrid parametric model) QSF Download, Mill Turn (mechanical part) QSF Download

Basics

    1. Getting started
    2. Importing meshes
    3. Extract primitives
    4. Edit and construct primitives
    5. Symmetry Plane
    6. Fit Surface
    7. Reference geometries
    8. Mesh Selection

Aligning object in space

    9. Using coordinate system
    10. Interactive alignment
    11. Show Mirrored Points
    12. Fine alignment of reference mesh

2D Sketch

    13. Mesh section
    14. 2D Sketching, Revolved and Extruded surfaces
    15. Fit primitives in 2D Sketch mode
    16. Corner Trim
    17. Auto Fillet
    18. Trimming in 2D Sketch
    19. Constraints and Dimensions in 2D Sketch
    20. Project other sketches
    21. Offset in 2D Sketch
    22. Mirror in 2D Sketch
    23. Linear and Circular patterns
    24. Mesh Outline
    25. Individual Sketches

Free form modelling

    26. Free Form Basics
    27. Snap Mode
    28. Snap Mode Options
    29. Crease edges
    30. Wrap Surface
    31. Isolate / Hide / Show
    32. Automatic Surfacing
    33. Merge Quad Surfaces
    34. Offset free form surface
    35. Creating solid shell of free form surfaces with QUICKSURFACE
    36. Slicing free form surfaces

Surfacing

    37. 3D Sketch
    38. Extrude 3D Sketch
    39. Loft
    40. Pipe
    41. Extend surface

CAD Features

    42. Helix Curve
    43. Tapered Extruded Surface
    44. Trimming
    45. Automatic Trimming
    46. Fillet
    47. Chamfer
    48. Circular pattern
    49. Linear pattern
    50. Mirror Surfaces
    51. Cut solids

Mesh Editing

    52. Working with multiple meshes
    53. Polygon reduction
    54. Edit individual meshes
    55. Remove floating outliers from the mesh
    56. Fill mesh holes
    57. Split mesh

Tools

    58. Organising objects explorer
    59. Enabling / Disabling Features

Analysis and Export

    60. Inspecting CAD model
    61. Export sketches in DXF file format
    62. Exporting reconstructed CAD model for use in other packages
    63. QSConnect for SOLIDWORKS

Troubleshooting

    64. Selection with the brush is not correct
    65. Autosurface is not working



1. Getting started

Get familiar with the environment, how to start the software, customise colours and navigate the object on the screen.

(approximately 16 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL Download

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2. Importing meshes

Learn how to import meshes created with 3D Scanner, simplify the mesh and get it ready for use as a reference mesh

(approximately 3 minutes)

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3. Extract primitives

Learn how to create basic primitives like planes, cylinders and spheres.

(approximately 20 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL

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4. Edit and construct primitives

Learn how to create basic primitives like planes, cylinders and spheres.

(approximately 8 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL

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5. Symmetry Plane

Learn how to create a symmetry plane.

(approximately 6 minutes)

Sample file: Aerosol knob

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6. Fit Surface

Learn how to create a smooth surface which approximates the reference mesh.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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7. Reference geometries

Learn how to create reference lines and points for further use in alignment.

(approximately 6 minutes)

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8. Mesh Selection

Learn how to use brush tools to select areas of interest on the reference mesh

(approximately 10 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL Download

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9. Using coordinate system

Learn how to position the reference mesh with respect to world coordinate system using primary, secondary and tertiary features

(approximately 7 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL Download

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10. Interactive alignment

Learn how to position the reference mesh interactively using screen controls

(approximately 3 minutes)

Sample file: Knob Download

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11. Show Mirrored Points

Learn how to use display of mirrored points when you try to align mesh manually

(approximately 2 minutes)

Sample file: Aerosol knob STL Download

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12. Fine alignment of reference mesh

Finalise the position of the mesh when you complete your project so you get the best of your results.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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13. Mesh section

Learn how to create cross sections from the reference mesh for the purposes of 2D sketching

(approximately 10 minutes)

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14. 2D Sketching, Revolved and Extruded surfaces

Learn how to construct 2D sketches with lines, arcs and curves, build revolved and extruded surfaces and make this in the most effective way.

(approximately 26 minutes)

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15. Fit primitives in 2D Sketch mode

Learn how to create quickly line, arcs and curves using selection of the reference points in the sketch. Also how to use the Auto Sketcher.

(approximately 10 minutes)

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16. Corner Trim

Learn how to create quickly fillets in 2D Sketch

(approximately 10 minutes)

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17. Auto Fillet

Learn how to fit primitives and auto close them with fillet automatically.

(approximately 8 minutes)

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18. Trimming in 2D Sketch

Use trimming and corner trimming to create 2D sketch efficiently.

(approximately 4 minutes)

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19. Constraints and Dimensions in 2D Sketch

Make the perfect model by using exact dimensions and constraints in the 2D sketch.

(approximately 13 minutes)

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20. Project other sketches

Learn how to get the curves already created in other sketches into the currently edited sketch

(approximately 2 minutes)

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21. Offset in 2D Sketch

Learn how to thicken a sketch by offsetting the selected elements.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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22. Mirror in 2D Sketch

Learn how to save time when having symmetrical areas in the sketch.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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23. Linear and Circular patterns

Learn how to duplicate elements in various arrays.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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24. Mesh Outline

Learn how to create 2D sketch from outlining the reference mesh.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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25. Individual Sketches

Learn how to work with QUICKSURFACE if you need to create only 2D sketches and export into other packages.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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26. Free Form Basics

Learn the basics of quad surface, how to manipulate the surface and main options.

(approximately 15 minutes)

Sample file: Aerosol knob STL Download

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27. Snap Mode

Learn how to use quad surface to build free form surfaces.

(approximately 17 minutes)

Sample file: Aerosol knob STL Download

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28. Snap Mode Options

Snapping mode can be controlled for situations where more complex cases have to be solved. With optional type of how the snapping works, the user can get better results. Learn why and when to use these options

(approximately 5 minutes)

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29. Crease edges

Learn more about creating sharp edges in free form modelling.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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30. Wrap Surface

Learn more what is Wrap Surface command.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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31. Isolate / Hide / Show

Learn how to hide areas in quad surface which are not of interest at the moment of editing.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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32. Automatic Surfacing

Learn how to convert organic free form surface into CAD model with hit of a button

(approximately 20 minutes)

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33. Merge Quad Surfaces

Learn how to merge quad surface into single entity if there are multiple quad surfaces created

(approximately 2 minutes)

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34. Offset free form surface

Create solid from free form surface.



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35. Creating solid shell of free form surfaces with QUICKSURFACE

Check out how to make correctly thick solids from free form shapes with QUICKSURFACE suitable for 3D printing.



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36. Slicing free form surfaces

Learn how to use planes to cut the resulting free form surface

(approximately 6 minutes)

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37. 3D Sketch

Learn how to create 3D Sketches.

(approximately 11 minutes)

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38. Extrude 3D Sketch

Do you know that you can actually extrude 3D sketch?. Learn how
(approximately 3 minutes)

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39. Loft

Learn how to create simple loft from 2D sketches.

(approximately 6 minutes)

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40. Pipe

Learn how to create a pipe from a list of curves and specified radius.

(approximately 2 minutes)

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41. Extend surface

Learn how to make surfaces from loft, sweep or pipe commands bigger, so you can use them for trimming
(approximately 4 minutes)

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42. Helix Curve

Learn how to make threads with QUICKSURFACE.
Use this example file: Download.

(approximately 8 minutes)

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43. Tapered Extruded Surface

Learn how to create extruded surface with draft and an example when this is useful

(approximately 3 minutes)

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44. Trimming

Learn how to use this command to create a solid models.

(approximately 6 minutes)

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45. Automatic Trimming

Learn how to save time with auto trimming function

(approximately 7 minutes)

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46. Fillet

Learn how to use fillet command to round the edges of the CAD model.

(approximately 7 minutes)

Sample file: Mill Turn QSF Download

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47. Chamfer

Learn how to create chamfer on the edges of the CAD model.

(approximately 1 minute)

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48. Circular pattern

Learn how to make circular pattern when there are repeatable elements.

(approximately 5 minutes)

Sample file: Mill Turn QSF Download

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49. Linear pattern

Learn how to make linear pattern when there are repeatable elements.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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50. Mirror Surfaces

Learn how to use the Mirror command.

(approximately 2 minutes)

Sample file: Watch QSF Download

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51. Cut solids

Learn how to use QUICKSURFACE more efficiently using solid operations. Although the video demonstrates Cut operation, the other two operations Combine and Intersections work in a similar way

(approximately 7 minutes)



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52. Working with multiple meshes

With QUICKSURFACE, the user can import and manipulate more than one mesh. See how to manipulate individial mesh and create assemblies.

(approximately 4 minutes)

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53. Polygon reduction

Reduce the number of polygons of the imported meshes for better performance and allow the algorythms to work faster

(approximately 4 minutes)

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54. Edit individual meshes

Learn how to edit individual meshes, by selecting and deleting unwanted triangles and reduce noise on the mesh.

(approximately 7 minutes)

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55. Remove floating outliers from the mesh

Learn how remove outliers from the mesh and generate single mesh suitable for printing or surfacing.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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56. Fill mesh holes

Learn how to fill holes on the mesh.

(approximately 12 minutes)

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57. Split mesh

Learn how split the mesh with other primitives and perform boolean operations on the solid meshes.

(approximately 9 minutes)

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58. Organising objects explorer

Learn how to NOT to get lost in the history tree

(approximately 2 minutes)

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59. Enabling / Disabling Features

Learn how to disable features in the object tree and when this is useful

(approximately 3 minutes)

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60. Inspecting CAD model

Learn how to check your reconstructed results - deviation from the reference mesh, zebra analysis, draft angle for manufacturing

(approximately 8 minutes)

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61. Export sketches in DXF file format

Learcn how to export 2D or 3D sketch in DXF file format

(approximately 3 minutes)

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62. Exporting reconstructed CAD model for use in other packages

Learn how to export the resulted reverse engineered CAD model into STEP and IGES and import in other CAD packages

(approximately 3 minutes)

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63. QSConnect for SOLIDWORKS

Learn how to export parametric model and history tree into SOLIDWORKS using QSConnect. QSConnect module guides and controls the whole process to build an error-free model in SOLIDWORKS

(approximately 21 minutes)

Sample file: Watch QSF Download

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64. Selection with the brush is not correct

If you get weird results when using mesh selection - watch this video first. The video is for our other product, but the solution is the same

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65. Autosurface is not working

If you get error when trying autosurfacing, do this first

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QUICKSURFACE Tips and Tricks

We show here some situations of how people can address problems. We don't provide full pipeline, but just small hints.

1. How to start

You load a mesh object, but then what?

2. Extending free form surface

How to use quad surface in more efficient way for trimming

3. Choosing the right axis for Revolved surface

Be careful when you select the axis of revolution. In some cases this might give you wrong results, thinking that it is a problem of the software.

4. Use Extruded Surface

Do not try to solve your problem with planes and cylinders. Use Extruded surface instead.

5. Parametric History Based Modelling

Wonder what all this means? See our short explanation.

6. Offset free form surface

Create solid from free form surface.

7. Offset free form surface by other primitives

Check out how effectively to make hybrid model.

8. Creating solid shell of free form surfaces with QUICKSURFACE

Check out how to make correctly thick solids from free form shapes with QUICKSURFACE suitable for 3D printing.

9. Optimised position of the end planar surfaces of extruded surface

See how to adjust the position of the planar surfaces of extrusion to be on the most accurate position.

10. Reverse engineering of turbine

Watch this tutorial for step by step reconstruction of a turbine. In this 20 minutes tutorials you can see some of our tools and learn how you can use them. You can practice yourself with this sample data file. Download the example file.