Thanksgiving Gets Crafty With SOLIDWORKS and NestingWorks

By Laura Weismantel on

Well, it’s that time of year again. We’re coming down from our Halloween sugar rush and we’re getting revved up for the holiday season. Next up on the celebration docket… Thanksgiving! This year, I thought it would be fun to add my own personal touch to my dinner table by creating some special turkey place settings for my guests. All I needed was a pad of colorful cardstock, some googly eyes and of course the quintessential tool for over-engineering any mundane, everyday task… SOLIDWORKS!

Thanksgiving turkey placeholders

This year, I’m extra thankful for the help I received from NestingWorks, a third party SOLIDWORKS add-in used for optimizing the layout of 2D flat stock for CNC machining. I also should give shout-outs to sketch splines, path length dimensions and a multitude of surfacing commands for contributing to my never-ending quest to combine arts and crafts and engineering.

Surface Flatten in SOLIDWORKS

Check out my video below to learn more about how I was able to create a 3D model of my paper turkey, flatten it to generate a cut pattern and then optimize the number of turkeys I could cut into a single 12-by-12-inch sheet of cardstock. Once I have my optimal layout, I get to work on crafting the turkey place setting to end all turkey places. Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

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