How to model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Today I will show you how to model the famous Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks. Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was one of the most outstanding furniture designers of the Netherlands. One of his most famous designs is the Red and Blue Chair. I thought it would be nice to write a SolidWorks tutorial about this chair. In this tutorial [...]

Today I will show you how to model the famous Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks. Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was one of the most outstanding furniture designers of the Netherlands. One of his most famous designs is the Red and Blue Chair. I thought it would be nice to write a SolidWorks tutorial about this chair.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the following functions:

  • 2D sketch
  • Extruded Boss/Base
  • Thin Extrude
  • Multi-directed Extrude
  • Mirror
  • Chamfer

When the model is finished I will show you four different ways to add a color to your part.

You can also download this SolidWorks tutorials as a free PDF eBook (33 pages)

Enjoy it!

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Render of the final Rietveld Chair in PhotoView360

Open a new part with model units set to millimeters

Go to: File > New > Part 

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Create a 2D sketch

Select the Right 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 Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

The display changes so the Right plane faces you.

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Create a straight line

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

Draw a diagonal line that starts at the origin. dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Change the length of the line into 900 mm by clicking at the dimension button

Add a Smart Dimension of 63 degrees to the line by clicking on the diagonal line and clicking on the horizontal plane as shown in the picture.

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Create an Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the diagonal line

Change  Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 179 mm

Enable the Thin Feature option

Change Dimension 2 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 15 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed upward and forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘‘Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair 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 Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create a diagonal Line

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

Create a diagonal line as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the line by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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

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Create another Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the diagonal line

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 210 mm

Enable the Thin Feature option

Change Untitled 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 15 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed upward and forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘‘Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Create a Chamfer

Go to: Insert > Features >Chamfer or click at the Chamfer icon Chamfer How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the light blue edge as shown in the picture

Select the ‘’Distance to distance’’ option

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 460 mm

Change Dimension 2 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 25 mm

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair 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 Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create five fully defined squares

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Center Rectangle or click at the Center Rectangle icon Center Rectangle How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Create the five squares as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the squares by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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

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Create another Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the diagonal line

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 300 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘’Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the blue surface and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Corner Rectangle or click at the Corner Rectangle icon Corner Rectangle How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Create the rectangle as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the rectangle by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create another Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the rectangle

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 30 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘’Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the blue surface and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Corner Rectangle or click at the Corner Rectangle icon Corner Rectangle How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Create the rectangle as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the rectangle by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create another Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the rectangle

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 30 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘’Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the blue surface and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Corner Rectangle or click at the Corner Rectangle icon Corner Rectangle How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Create the rectangle as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the rectangle by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create another Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the rectangle

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?  into 484 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘’Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the blue surface and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Corner Rectangle or click at the Corner Rectangle icon Corner Rectangle How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Create the rectangle as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the rectangle by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create another Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the rectangle

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 430 mm

Make sure that the extrusion is directed forward as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘’Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the blue surface and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Corner Rectangle or click at the Corner Rectangle icon Corner Rectangle How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Create the rectangle as shown in the picture.

Change the length and position of the rectangle by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

 

Create a multi-direction Extruded Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude or click at the Extrude icon Extruded Boss Base How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Select the rectangle

Change Dimension 1 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?  into 655 mm

Enable the Direction 2 option

Change Dimension 2 How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? into 35 mm

Make sure that the extrusions are directed as shown in the picture.

If the direction is wrong, change it with the ‘’Reverse Direction’’ button. Reverse Direction How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Mirror and merge the chair

Go to: Insert > Pattern/Mirror > Mirror Mirror How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Mirror Face/Plane Mirror Plane How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? : Right Plane

Select the “Bodies to Mirror” option

Select the Merge solids’’ option

Bodies to Mirror Mirror Body How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? : Select the blue bodies you want to mirror. Note: the ‘’Mirror and Merge’’ option is only available for ‘’half’’ parts as shown in the picture.

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Mirror the remaining body

Go to: Insert > Pattern/Mirror > Mirror Mirror How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Mirror Face/Plane Mirror Plane How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? : Right Plane

Select the “Bodies to Mirror” option

Bodies to Mirror Mirror Body How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks? : Select the remaining body as shown in the picture. Uncheck the ‘’Merge Solids’’ option

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Change the colors of the chair

Select a face of the chair and click at the Appearances button Appearances How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

A small menu bar pops up as shown in the picture

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There are four ways to add colors to your part.

Surface color Surface Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?    Provide one- or multiple specific surfaces with a color by clicking at the ‘’Face’’ option

Feature color Feature Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?    Provide one- or multiple specific features with a color by clicking at the ‘’Feature name’’ option

Body color Body  Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?    Provide one or multiple specific bodies with a color by clicking at the ‘’Body’’ option

Part color Part  Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?    Provide a complete part with a color by clicking at the ‘’Part Name’’ option

The color of a single face is leading above the feature color, the features color is leading above the body color and so on.

We will try to use all the different ways to add a color to this chair.

Change the Part color

Select an arbitrary face of the chair

Click at the Appearances button Appearances How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click at the Part name Part  Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Change the color into dark grey or black

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Change a Body color

Select an arbitrary face of the back

Click at the Appearances button Appearances How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click at the Body option Body  Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Change the color into red

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Change a Feature color

Select the top and one side face of the seat (Extrude-Thin2 and Chamfer1 in the feature tree)

Click at the Appearances button Appearances How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click at the Features option Feature Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Change the color into blue

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

(Because the seat is one single body you can also use the Body option)

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Change a Face color

Select all the ends of the black beams as shown in the picture

Click at the Appearances button Appearances How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Click at the Face option Surface Appearance How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

Change the color into yellow

Click OK ok How to Model a Rietveld Chair in SolidWorks?

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Congratulations, you just finished your own Rietveld Chair!

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you learned something from this tutorial! Feel free to leave a message below.

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