SolidWorks Mass Properties

How to Measure a Surface Area, Volume or Mass in SolidWorks?

Sometimes it’s necessary to measure the surface area, volume or mass of a product. For example, in order to calculate the amount of paint it’s useful to know the surface area. We all know how to measure the surface area of a simple shape like a cube. But it’s get more complicated when you’ve  to [...]

Sometimes it’s necessary to measure the surface area, volume or mass of a product. For example, in order to calculate the amount of paint it’s useful to know the surface area. We all know how to measure the surface area of a simple shape like a cube. But it’s get more complicated when you’ve  to calculate the surface area of an organic shape, like the Citrus Squeezer.

Or perhaps you’ve designed a bottle and want to know what the volume is. Or you want to measure and reduce the weight of your newest carbon race wheel. Luckily SolidWorks has a useful tool to calculate material properties like this in a few clicks. I will show you how it works.

Open the SolidWorks model of the Citrus Squeezer or download it here

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Go to Tools > Mass properties or click at the Mass properties icon mass properties How to Measure a Surface Area, Volume or Mass in SolidWorks?

In the Mass properties box you can find many material properties.

The surface area of the squeezer is 40091mm2 as you can see in the orange rectangle.

02 SolidWorks Surface Area How to Measure a Surface Area, Volume or Mass in SolidWorks?

With this square millimeter to square meter converter you can convert the mm2 into m2. (or place the comma 6 steps to the left.)

Fill in the 40091 mm2 and click at the = icon

The surface area of your squeezer is approximately around 0.04 m2

03 Surface Area Converter How to Measure a Surface Area, Volume or Mass in SolidWorks?

As you can see  in the Mass Properties box in SolidWorks, the volume of our model is 169301 mm3.

04 SolidWorks Volume How to Measure a Surface Area, Volume or Mass in SolidWorks?

With this mm3 to m3 converter you can convert the mm3 into m3. (or place the comma 6 steps to the left.)

Fill in the 169301 mm3 and click at the = icon

As you can see in the picture the volume of your squeezer is approximately around 0.00017 m3

05 Volume Converter How to Measure a Surface Area, Volume or Mass in SolidWorks?

You can also see the Mass of your model. It’s important to setup a material first to get the right properties.

Another great value is the “Center of mass

This information will tell you where  the center of your product is.

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Center of mass: ( millimeters )

X = 0.00

Y = 204.73

Z = 0.00

The information above tells you that the center of your product is 204,73 mm above the origin of this part.

Hopefully this post will help you. Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below!