Do we need to have all G2 continuity (Class A) for product modelings (non automotive)?

Hi,
I use SOLIDWORKS or Rhino for modeling industrial and non-industrial products. Is it wise to keep all fillets and conjunctions in G2?

This question should be answered from your Industry Standards.

or project requirements

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I model not for manufacturing rather for visualization.

for visualization it depends on the detail. If you’re doing hi-res rendering afterwards and you need not to see knuckles perhaps G2 is a must.

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For visualization, which package do you recommend, SOLIDWORKS, Rhino or Catia?

CATIA and Rhino
version 6 on both.

If I choose one before the other this may trigger a huge discussion :smiley: I work on both.

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What about Alias?
Why people use Alias for automotive? Why is its user low?
Is it wise to use Alias for product modeling for example modeling a complex and hi res DSL camera?

for visualization I would suggest you try Blneder too depends on what kinda visualization

If you’re looking for smooth surfaces that will be fabricated. Choose CATIA and Rhino.

I don’t know Alias. But ask yourself why do Porsche, Wolkswagen, Citroen, Pegeout and so much more other use CATIA? Also Boeing and Airbus use CATIA.

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Polygonal modeling results in very bad models many times. For example how would you model a simple sphere which has lots of custom shape holes all over it? when you smooth it, you see how bad is your model. Or how you manage supporting loops on a model when details is going to increase. in such cases supporting loops create unwanted creased edges in many areas/

For this I will go with CATIA or Rhino+Grasshopper

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We don’t do this for all fillets. Fillets under 1.5 mm usually have g1. Cornerblends can have g1 at even greater size. That everything has to be at least G2, is a typical myth of class A. In the end its all about the reflection (Highlight). And having a little kink in the zebra at strongly-curved parts is not always a problem. G2 is a better transition, but can also lead to problems at the mid of a surface (if this surface is strongly-curved).
However we don’t use Solidworks, and in my understanding this is not the right tool regarding high-end surfacing. Cad platforms more suited to automotive class A are: (Catia) Icem Surf, Alias or with limitation -> Catia ISD or Rhino with VSR (if you own that).

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