SOLIDWORKS Bottle Rocket Tutorials

Welcome to cudacountry's SOLIDWORKS Bottle Rocket Tutorials. The tutorials are written for SolidWorks 2014.

The fun part of this project is using SOLIDWORKS surfacing tools to create the 2 liter soda bottle and then adding cap rings, threads and vents. Equally exciting is the cone created as sheet metal that unfolds. An unfoldable sheet metal cone can be created rotating geometry 359 degrees. But no, at cudacountry we wanted a cone with tabs and bend lines, so we use sheet metal lofted bends.

Both the fin and cone are parts created in context of the assembly. Creating the fin in the assembly we can use geometry of the bottle. The cone uses geometry of the bottle and ball.

Different brands of soda bottles vary slightly in shape.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Bottle. 2 liter bottle created using surfaces. Includes, cap rings, threads and vents.

2. Ball. Ping Pong Ball.

Assembly 3. Assembly.
Part 4. Fins.
Part 5. Transition Cone. Using Lofted Bends sheet metal tool to create a cone is a bit tricky to produce with the sheet metal unfolding and displaying the bend lines.
Drawing 6. Drawing. Including adding Sheet 2 for Fin and Cone patterns. 11” by 17” paper.
Bottle includes ring caps, threads, thread blends and vents.
Here at cudacountry we have come a long way since drawing our first threads...
The Fin is created in context of the assembly to use the edge geometry of the bottle.
The nose cone sheet metal part is also created in the assembly using geometry of bottle and ball edges.
Drawing sheet 1 with detail of Cone sheet metal bends
Drawing sheet 2 with Fin and Cone patterns