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This summer, the ZW3D team held a fun design contest to celebrate a global football carnival, the FIFA world cup.

We received many high-quality and creative works from engineers globally. Among them, the football shoe design from Remus Pacis is most eye-catching with a beautiful shape and fashionable

color. You can imagine the fierce competition on the football pitch at once when seeing the design. His work not only perfectly matches the theme of football but also shows the flexibility of ZW3D CAD.

In this design, Remus Pacis expertly used ZW3D modeling function, assembly capability and some advanced features, such as variable fillet, surface tools, and morphing function. We are happy that Remus shares his design tips for users. Let’s check!

The product design starts from three view drawing. First, insert two images into sketch as front and top view. Then, follow those two images to draw the main outline of the shoe shape.

shoe shape

Use easy-to-use wireframe commands, add necessary curves for the additional outline.

Add necessary curves for additional outline

Blend curve is one of the most helpful commands in creating support outline curve, which can easily control the continuity quality for the start and end point.

Then, creating surfaces by using three commands, Curve Mesh, FEM Patch and N-side.

Curve Mesh, FEM Patch and N-side

One important thing that needs to remember is to identify which of these commands will fit on the situation. In this way, you can get the best result.

You can use split to add boundary at your surface, then remove or replace the unwanted areas of the surface.

add boundary at your surface

When using FEM, make sure to have a good tangent surface to get a smooth part.

If generated surfaces are still not ideal, it’s better to cut the surface then create a blend curve to attain the required tangent surface.

create a blend curve

Once you are able to create the surface, you can use the “Continuity Error” command to check the tangency value on each edge.

check the tangency value

Or use Analyze Face Zebra mapping for easily checking the non-tangent surface.

Analyze Face Zebra mapping

Make sure to have zero open edges by sewing the created surfaces, then you can get perfect closed solid.

sewing the created surfaces

Once the part is solid, you can use the command shell to have a uniform thickness of the part.


use the command shell

Create a surface that will complete the shape of the upper part of our shoes.

create a surface

Then trim the body by using the sheet surface.

trim the body

Finally, finish other detailed design and render the design to get your own style football shoes.

detailed design

Victoria Li

Victoria Li

ZWSOFT Content Creator
Worked on content creation of CAD/CAM products for over three years, conveyed product values to users in diversified contents, passioned in the CAx industry, glad to see user stories and listen to users' voices.

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