SolidWorks Citrus Squeezer Tutorial

How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

In this SolidWorks intermediate tutorial I will show you how to model the famous Citrus Squeezer of Philippe Starck in SolidWorks. Philippe Starck is a famous French designer. He’s one of the best known designers in the New Design style. The design of Starck range from a luxury private yacht to mass produced consumer products such as [...]

In this SolidWorks intermediate tutorial I will show you how to model the famous Citrus Squeezer of Philippe Starck in SolidWorks.

Philippe Starck is a famous French designer. He’s one of the best known designers in the New Design style. The design of Starck range from a luxury private yacht to mass produced consumer products such as chairs, dinnerwair and even complete houses. This citrus suqeezer is also called ‘’Juicy Salif’’ It may look like a spider at a first glance. While this juice squeezer does not serve as a practical tool, it is eye-catching and provocative. I thought it would be awesome to make a SolidWorks tutorial about this famous design squeezer.

In this tutorial I will show you the following features:

  • Draw 2D sketches
  • Insert a blueprint
  • Create a new Plane
  • Create a new Axis
  • Surface Fill
  • Surface Knit
  • Solidify surfaces
  • Circular Pattern
  • Surface Loft
  • Solid Loft
  • Fillet

I hope you will learn something from it.

Enjoy it!

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Render of Starck’s Citrus Squeezer rendered in PhotoView360

Open a new part with model units set to millimeters

Go to: File > New > Part 

New Part How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Create a 2D sketch

Select the Front Plane in the feature tree (menu at the left side) and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

The display changes so the Front plane faces you.

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Insert a blueprint

For this tutorial we use a blueprint of the citrus squeezer to create the organic shape.

Download the blueprint here and save it into your SolidWorks folder

Go to: Tools > Sketch Tools > Sketch Picture Sketch Picture How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Go to your SolidWorks folder and select the blueprint “SIDEVIEW_CITRUS_SQUEEZER.Jpg”

Click: Open

Change the dimensions and position of the blueprint with the menu as shown in the picture.

Select ‘’Full image’’ in the Transparency tab and change the transparency into 0.50

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the Front Plane again and create another sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw two centerlines

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Centerline or click at the Centerline icon centerline How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a vertical centerline that starts at the origin. Origin How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Change the length of the line into 162 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a horizontal centerline that starts at the origin. Origin How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Change the length of the line into 59 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Draw a vertical line

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Line or click at the Line icon line How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a vertical line that starts at the top of the vertical construction line

Change the length of the line into 128 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Draw a spline without midpoints

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline or click at the Spline icon Spline How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a spline, starting at the top point of the solid line and ending at the bottom point of the solid line.

Right mouse button > Select

Click at the Top point of the spline > The grey arrows of the Spline appear as shown in the orange circle

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Click and drag the round endpoint of the grey arrow as shown in the picture (the orange dot)

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Try to create the inner curve of the blueprint as shown in the picture

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Add a tangency relation add the end of the spline

Click at the orange dot as shown in the picture

Select the Horizontal relation in the Spline menu bar at the left side Horizontal Relation How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

The endpoint of the spline is fully tangent now

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Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Fill the sketch with a surface

Go to Insert > Surface > Fill or click at the Fill icon Fill Surface How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select ‘’Sketch 2’’ in the feature tree as Patch Boundary sketch Patch Boundary How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Circular Pattern

Go to Insert > Pattern/Mirror > Circular Pattern or click at the Circular Pattern icon Circular Pattern How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the ‘’Parameters’’ box at the white Pattern-Axis box Axis Box How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the vertical edge of the surface fill as shown in the picture

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Change the Total Angle into 360 degrees Total Angle How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Change the Number of Instances into 12 Number of Instances How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the ’’Equal Spacing’’ option

Click at the ‘’Bodies to Pattern’’ box

Select Surface-Fill1 as ‘’Surface to Pattern’’ Surface to Pattern How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Surface Loft 

Go to Insert > Surface > Loft or click at the Surface icon Surface Loft How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the Profiles box Profiles How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select two outer edges of the Circular Pattern as shown in the picture

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Click at the arrow of the Start/End Constraints box to expand this menu

Change the ‘’Start Constraint’’ into Tangency To Face

Change the ‘’Start Tangent Length’’ into 4

Select the Apply to all box

Change the ‘’End Constraint’’ into Tangency To Face

Change the ‘’End Tangent Length’’ into 4

Select the Apply to all box

Make sure that the shape of the Loft looks like the one in the picture. If not, try to change the direction of the Tangency to face by clicking on the ‘’Reverse Tangent Direction’’ button Reverse Tangent Direction How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Hide all surface bodies except the Surface Loft

Expand the Surface Bodies map in the Feature Tree Surfaces Bodies How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select all Surfaces except Surface-Loft1

Click at the Glasses to hide the Surface Bodies Hide How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create an Axis

Go to Insert >Reference Geometry > Axis or click at the Axis icon Axis How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the ‘’Two Points/Vertices’’ option Two Points Vertices How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click at one of the endpoints of the Surface Loft

Hold down the Control key

Select the other endpoint of the Surface Loft as well

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another Circular Pattern

Go to Insert > Pattern/Mirror > Circular Pattern or click at the Circular Pattern icon Circular Pattern How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the ‘’Parameters’’ box at the white Pattern-Axis box Axis Box How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the new Axis1 as Pattern Axis

Change the Total Angle into 360 degrees Total Angle How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Change the Number of Instances into 12 Number of Instances How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the ’’Equal Spacing’’ option

Click at the ‘’Bodies to Pattern’’ box

Select Surface-Loft1 as ‘’Surface to Pattern’’ Surface to Pattern How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Knit the 12 surfaces and create a solid body

Go to Insert > Surface > Knit or click at the Surface Knit icon Surface Knit How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the Selections box and select the 12 Surface Lofts Knit Selections How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the ‘’Try to form solid’’ option

Select the “Merge entities” option

Deselect the ‘’Gap Control’’ option

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the Front Plane and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a centerline

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Centerline or click at the Centerline icon centerline How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a diagonal centerline

Change the dimensions of the centerline by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Add the dimensions as shown in the picture

This single centerline we will use to create a new plane

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a new plane

Go to: Insert > Reference Geometry > Plane or click at the New Plane icon New Plane How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the new Sketch3 in the feature tree

Hold the Control button and select the Front Plane as shown in the picture

The new plane appears in blue

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the new Plane1 and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Convert Sketch 3 into the new Sketch4

Click at the grey centerline of Sketch3

Go to: Tools > Sketch Tools > Convert Entities or click at the Convert Entities icon Convert Entities How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Change the solid line into a centerline

Click at the new line > Select the For Construction option in the menu at the left side

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Create an Ellipse

Go to: Tools > Sketch Entities > Ellipse or click at the Ellipse icon Ellipse How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Start the Ellipse at the midpoint of the centerline

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Click at one of the ends of the centerline to set the height of the Ellipse

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Click somewhere next to the construction line to set the width of the Ellipse

Change the width by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

The Ellipse is fully defined

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the Top Plane and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Create a circle at the end of the construction line of Sketch2

Go to: Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a circle witch starts at the endpoint of the construction line of Sketch3

Change the dimension of the circle into 8 mm  as shown in the picture dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the Front Plane and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a spline without midpoints

Go to: Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline or click at the Spline icon Spline How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Connect the Spline with Sketch4 and Sketch5

Select the upper endpoint of the Spline

Hold down the Control key on your keyboard

Click at the lower endpoint of the Ellipse in Sketch4 as shown in the picture

Click at the Coincident icon in the Add Relations box Coincident How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Select the lower endpoint of the Spline

Hold down the left key of your mouse and drag the spline to the circle of Sketch5.

SolidWorks will automatically add a Coincident relation with the circle. Coincident How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Make sure that the Spline is connected with the edge of the circle instead of the center as shown in the picture

The spline is now connected with two different Sketches

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Change viewport to Front Plane

Click at Control+1 or click at the View Orientation box Viewport How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks? and click at Front Plane

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Change the curve of the Spline like the blueprint

Click at the Top point of the spline > The grey arrows of the Spline appear

Click and drag the round endpoint of the grey arrow as shown in the picture (the orange dot)

Try to create the curve of the blueprint as shown in the picture

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Solid Loft

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Loft or click at the Loft icon Loft How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the Profiles box Profiles How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select Sketch4 and Sketch5 as shown in the picture

NOTE: The easiest way to select all the profiles and curves for this loft is to select them in the feature tree. This avoids errors and saves time.

Click in the Guide Curves box Guide Curves How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select Sketch6 as shown in the picture

Guide curves influence: To Next Guide

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the Right Plane and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Create a circle

Go to: Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Draw a circle witch starts at the Right Plane as shown in the picture

Change the dimension of the circle into 12 mm  as shown in the picture dimension How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Change the height of the circle into 195 mm starting at the origin Origin How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Solid Loft

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Loft or click at the Loft icon Loft How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the Profiles box Profiles How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the new Sketch7

Select the outer edge of Loft1 as shown in the picture

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Fillet

Go to: Insert > Features > Fillet/Round or click at the Fillet icon Fillet Round How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click at the blue edge as shown in the picture

Change the Radius into 2 mm Radius How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Fillet

Go to: Insert > Features > Fillet/Round or click at the Fillet icon Fillet Round How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click at the blue edge as shown in the picture

Change the Radius into 2 mm Radius How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Create a Circular Pattern

Go to Insert > Pattern/Mirror > Circular Pattern or click at the Circular Pattern icon Circular Pattern How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Click in the ‘’Parameters’’ box at the white Pattern-Axis box Axis Box How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select Axis1

Change the Total Angle into 360 degrees

Change the Number of Instances into 3 Number of Instances How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

Select the ’’Equal Spacing’’ option

Click at the ‘’Features to Pattern’’ box

Select Loft1, Loft2, Fillet1, Fillet2 in the feature tree as shown in the picture

Click OK ok How to Model a Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks?

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Congratulations, you just finished your own Citrus Squeezer!

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Citrus Squeezer in SolidWorks                                              Citrus Squeezer l in PhotoView360

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