QUICKSURFACE 2024 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.

If you aready feel confident, you can jump to our 'Step-by-step practice examples' where you can learn to reverse engineer real objects

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,   Impeller STL Download ( Get the full set of example files here ~ 105 MB)

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Basics

    1. Getting started
    2. Example files
    3. Rotate Object
    4. Importing meshes
    5. Extract primitives
    6. Auto constrain primitives
    7. Edit and construct primitives
    8. Symmetry Plane
    9. Fit Surface
    10. Reference geometries
    11. Mesh Selection
    12. Clipping Box
    13. Your first reverse engineering project

Aligning object in space

    14. Using coordinate system
    15. Interactive alignment
    16. Show Mirrored Points
    17. N Points alignment
    18. Fine alignment of reference mesh

2D Sketch

    19. Mesh section
    20. Stacked Sections
    21. 2D Sketching, Revolved and Extruded surfaces
    22. Fit primitives in 2D Sketch mode
    23. Corner Trim
    24. Auto Fillet
    25. Trimming in 2D Sketch
    26. Constraints and Dimensions in 2D Sketch
    27. Project other sketches
    28. Offset in 2D Sketch
    29. Mirror in 2D Sketch
    30. Linear and Circular patterns
    31. Mesh Outline
    32. Individual Sketches

CAD Features

    33. Extruded feature
    34. Tapered Extruded Surface
    35. Revolved feature
    36. Trimming
    37. Automatic Trimming
    38. Fillet
    39. Chamfer
    40. Circular pattern
    41. Linear pattern
    42. Move CAD body
    43. Mirror Surfaces
    44. Cut solids
    45. Helix Curve

Surfacing

    46. 3D Sketch
    47. Extrude 3D Sketch
    48. Loft
    49. Pipe
    50. Extend surface
    51. Fill Surface
    52. Flatten

Free form modelling

    53. Free Form Basics
    54. Snap Mode
    55. Snap Mode Options
    56. Crease edges
    57. Wrap Surface
    58. Isolate / Hide / Show
    59. Automatic Surfacing
    60. Merge Quad Surfaces
    61. Creating solid shell of free form surfaces with QUICKSURFACE
    62. Slicing free form surfaces

Mesh Editing

    63. Polygon reduction
    64. Edit individual meshes
    65. Remove floating outliers from the mesh
    66. Fill mesh holes
    67. Split mesh

Multi parts support

    68. Working with multiple meshes
    69. Alignment of scans of the same part taken from different positions
    70. Merge, Global align and Re-polygonize

Tools

    71. Organising objects explorer
    72. Enabling / Disabling Features

Analysis and Export

    73. Inspecting CAD model
    74. Straightness
    75. Export sketches in DXF file format
    76. Exporting reconstructed CAD model for use in other packages
    77. QSConnect for Autodesk Inventor
    78. Transfer sketches to SOLIDWORKS with IGES

Troubleshooting

    79. Selection with the brush is not correct
    80. Autosurface is not working


1. Getting started

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

(approximately 8 minutes)

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2. Example files

If you don't have your mesh files, you can use our files which are delivered with the installation of QUICKSURFACE

(approximately 1 minute)



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3. Rotate Object

See how to rotate the object on the screen in two different ways

(approximately 6 minutes)

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4. 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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5. 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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6. Auto constrain primitives

When extracting primitives, learn how to constrain them to have a correct design intent

(approximately 4 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL

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7. 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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8. Symmetry Plane

Learn how to create a symmetry plane.

(approximately 6 minutes)

Sample file: Aerosol knob

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9. Fit Surface

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

(approximately 5 minutes)

Sample file: Impeller

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10. Reference geometries

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

(approximately 6 minutes)

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11. 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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12. Clipping Box

Learn how to use clipping box for filtering your scan data.

(approximately 4 minutes)

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13. Your first reverse engineering project

Watch this step-by-step basic course to load STL mesh and convert it to the final CAD model. Repeat the steps in the video to get a model created by you

(approximately 15 minutes)


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14. 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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15. Interactive alignment

Learn how to position the reference mesh interactively using screen controls

(approximately 3 minutes)

Sample file: Knob Download

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16. 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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17. N Points alignment

Learn how to align scan data to CAD model or 2 scan parts to eachother

(approximately 12 minutes)

Sample file: Basic Part Download

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18. 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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19. 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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20. Stacked Sections

Learn how to create multi-sections for better accurate 2D sketches

(approximately 3 minutes)

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21. 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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22. 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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23. Corner Trim

Learn how to create quickly fillets in 2D Sketch

(approximately 10 minutes)

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24. Auto Fillet

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

(approximately 8 minutes)

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25. Trimming in 2D Sketch

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

(approximately 4 minutes)

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26. 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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27. 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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28. Offset in 2D Sketch

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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29. Mirror in 2D Sketch

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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30. Linear and Circular patterns

Learn how to duplicate elements in various arrays.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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31. Mesh Outline

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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32. 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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33. Extruded feature

Learn in details how to adjust the extruded feature in the best way for purposes of reverse engineering.

(approximately 8 minutes)

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34. 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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35. Revolved feature

Learn in details how to create and adjust revolved feature in the best way for purposes of reverse engineering.

(approximately 13 minutes)

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36. Trimming

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

(approximately 6 minutes)

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37. Automatic Trimming

Learn how to save time with auto trimming function

(approximately 7 minutes)

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38. 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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39. Chamfer

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

(approximately 1 minute)

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40. 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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41. Linear pattern

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

(approximately 5 minutes)

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42. Move CAD body

Simple tutorial to move already created solid or surface body.

(approximately 2.5 minutes)

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43. Mirror Surfaces

Learn how to use the Mirror command.

(approximately 2 minutes)

Sample file: Watch QSF Download

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44. 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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45. Helix Curve

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

(approximately 8 minutes)

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46. 3D Sketch

Learn how to create 3D Sketches.

(approximately 11 minutes)

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47. Extrude 3D Sketch

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

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48. Loft

Learn how to create simple loft from 2D sketches.

(approximately 6 minutes)

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49. Pipe

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

(approximately 2 minutes)

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50. 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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51. Fill Surface

Learn how to create surfaces from 3D sketches
(approximately 10 minutes)

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52. Flatten

Learn about the flattening capabilities in QUICKSURFACE and what is the best workflow
(approximately 12 minutes)

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53. 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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54. 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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55. 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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56. Crease edges

Learn more about creating sharp edges in free form modelling.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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57. Wrap Surface

Learn more what is Wrap Surface command.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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58. 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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59. 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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60. 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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61. 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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62. Slicing free form surfaces

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

(approximately 6 minutes)

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63. 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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64. 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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65. 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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66. Fill mesh holes

Learn how to fill holes on the mesh.

(approximately 12 minutes)

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67. 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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68. 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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69. Alignment of scans of the same part taken from different positions

If you have scans of the same part from different orientation, learn how to align one to another to create the complete part

(approximately 6 minutes)


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70. Merge, Global align and Re-polygonize

Create a single mesh from the raw aligned scans

(approximately 8 minutes)


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71. Organising objects explorer

Learn how to NOT to get lost in the history tree

(approximately 2 minutes)

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72. Enabling / Disabling Features

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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73. 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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74. Straightness

Check the precision of your results if it is suitable for manufacturing

(approximately 5 minutes)

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75. 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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76. 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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77. QSConnect for Autodesk Inventor

Learn how to export parametric model and history tree into Autodesk Inventor using QSConnect.

(approximately 3 minutes)


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78. Transfer sketches to SOLIDWORKS with IGES

Learn how to export 2D and 3D sketches to IGES and import them in SOLIDWORKS.

(approximately 7 minutes)

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79. 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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80. Autosurface is not working

If you get error when trying autosurfacing, do this first

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Step-by-step practice examples

1. Beginner course #1

Mechanical part 1
(approximately 24 minutes)

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2. Intermediate course #2

Mechanical part 2
(approximately 23 minutes)

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3. 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.

(approximately 22 minutes)

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4. Outline 3D mesh

Full workflow for outlining 3D model and exporting DXF profile for packaging applications.
(approximately 7 minutes)

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5. Reverse Engineering of impeller with QUICKSURFACE

This video was created by our partner Better3DLab.

(approximately 24 minutes)

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6. Reconstruction of broken part

Watch how to use the tools in this real live application.
(approximately 50 minutes)

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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. Diameter or radius?
See how to set what type of dimensioning to be used when creating cylinders, spheres or circles in 2D sketch.

6. Parametric History Based Modelling
Wonder what all this means? See our short explanation.

7. Offset free form surface
Create solid from free form surface.

8. Offset free form surface by other primitives
Check out how effectively to make hybrid model.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Create tangent arc between two non-intersecting circles