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Creating a Mini Monster Truck with SOLIDWORKS and xShape

Since it’s summer and sandbox season, I thought it was a good time to share our workflow and collaboration.  What better way than a new toy to rule over the sandbox?!

This video also sheds more light on my creation process from start to finish.  Normally, I like to start projects off with a concept sketch, artboard, and a design study.  However, for this project, I just jumped right into 3D modeling with the xShape app (greatest software ever created), which is part of the 3D Sculptor role in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.  I can now sculpt so fast that it is often my first choice to conceptualize new designs.

I used 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for MAKERS for the entire process.  When asked why I decided to create a custom monster truck toy, the answer is clear… it is yet another attempt to impress my kids!

Software used to design and render, all in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, included:

I decided to hop right into xShape and start concept modeling my idea.  I really enjoy the speed I am able to model objects inside xShape.  By starting with a simple box using a few features like, sub-divide, extrude, crease, pushing, and pulling, and just like that I am sculpting and defining shapes within seconds. I can capture whatever shapes are spinning around inside head almost instantly!  I model so fast with this digital clay that sometimes I do my conceptualizing with it instead of traditional sketching on paper.

After I had completed the main look and feel of the monster tuck body, I took a few measurements from the original truck body with my calipers.  I switched over to SOLIDWORKS where I created a quick box model of the original truck body.  I used this to get the correct size and placement of my new truck body inside xShape.  Being able to use a non-uniform scaling tool inside xShape was key to getting the size and proportions correct.  Also, it was very important that the two extruded bosses lined up perfectly with the toy truck’s chassis.  This might not have been the most organized way of completing this task, but it worked for the way my mind works.  I found that SOLIDWORKS and xShape worked seamlessly together to fit my unique design process.

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