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. Mesh Selection
    4. Mesh Selection Status
    5. Basic Primitives
    6. Deviation control on primitives
    7. Symmetry Plane
    8. Fit Surface
    9. Reference geometries

Aligning object in space

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

2D Sketch

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

Free form modelling

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

CAD Features

    38. Helix Curve
    39. Loft
    40. Extrude 3D Sketch
    41. Extend surface
    42. Tapered Extruded Surface
    43. Trimming
    44. Automatic Trimming
    45. Fillet
    46. Chamfer
    47. Circular pattern
    48. Linear pattern
    49. Mirror Surfaces
    50. Cut solids

Tools

    51. Organising objects explorer
    52. Enabling / Disabling Features

Analysis and Export

    53. Inspecting CAD model
    54. Exporting reconstructed CAD model for use in other packages
    55. QSConnect for SOLIDWORKS

Troubleshooting

    56. Selection with the brush is not correct
    57. 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. Mesh Selection

Learn how to use brush tools to select areas of interest on the reference mesh for the purposes of creating basic primitives, 2D sketching or hiding area of the mesh which is not of interest

(approximately 10 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL Download

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4. Mesh Selection Status

Working with large meshes? Use this flexibilility to create region of interest and increase the performance

(approximately 2 minutes)



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5. Basic Primitives

Learn how to create basic primitives like planes, cylinders and spheres. How to adjust their parameters, create relations and modify them.

(approximately 20 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL

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6. Deviation control on primitives

Use the analyser to check the quality of your extracted primitives.

(approximately 3 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL

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7. Symmetry Plane

Learn how to create a symmetry plane.

(approximately 6 minutes)

Sample file: Aerosol knob

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8. Fit Surface

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

(approximately 5 minutes)

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9. Reference geometries

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

(approximately 6 minutes)

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10. 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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11. Interactive alignment

Learn how to position the reference mesh with respect to world coordinate system using reference entities like planes and cylinders or positioning the mesh interactively

(approximately 9 minutes)

Sample file: Basic part STL Download

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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. Corner Trim

Learn how to create quickly fillets in 2D Sketch

(approximately 10 minutes)

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18. Auto Fillet

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

(approximately 8 minutes)

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19. Trimming in 2D Sketch

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

(approximately 4 minutes)

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20. 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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21. 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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22. Offset in 2D Sketch

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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23. Mirror in 2D Sketch

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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24. Linear and Circular patterns

Learn how to duplicate elements in various arrays.

(approximately 5 minutes)

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25. Mesh Outline

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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26. 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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27. 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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28. 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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29. 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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30. Crease edges

Learn more about creating sharp edges in free form modelling.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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31. Wrap Surface

Learn more what is Wrap Surface command.

(approximately 3 minutes)

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32. 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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33. 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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34. 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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35. Offset free form surface

Create solid from free form surface.



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36. 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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37. Slicing free form surfaces

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

(approximately 6 minutes)

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38. Helix Curve

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

(approximately 8 minutes)

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39. Loft

Learn how to create simple loft from 2D sketches.

(approximately 6 minutes)

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40. Extrude 3D Sketch

Do you know that you can actually extrude 3D sketch?. Learn how
(approximately 3 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. 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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43. Trimming

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

(approximately 6 minutes)

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44. Automatic Trimming

Learn how to save time with auto trimming function

(approximately 7 minutes)

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45. 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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46. Chamfer

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

(approximately 1 minute)

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47. 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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48. Linear pattern

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

(approximately 5 minutes)

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49. Mirror Surfaces

Learn how to use the Mirror command.

(approximately 2 minutes)

Sample file: Watch QSF Download

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50. 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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51. Organising objects explorer

Learn how to NOT to get lost in the history tree

(approximately 2 minutes)

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52. Enabling / Disabling Features

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

(approximately 3 minutes)

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53. 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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54. 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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55. 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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56. 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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57. 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.