Learn about making a swept surface in SOLIDWORKS.
- [Instructor] All right, in this example, we're going to be creating a swept surface, which is similar to a fillet between these two surfaces here. So you can see here we've got some fairly complex geometry and so obviously a regular fillet wouldn't really work between the two. So what I'm going to do is create a profile that I'd like to use. So I'm going to look for some type of a plane that bisects these surfaces, and this one here looks pretty good, which is the front plane. Let's go ahead and start a sketch, and I'm going to use the three-point arc, and I'm just going to go out here in space and click once, click twice, and then kind of add that radius.
Now what I want to do is choose the endpoint, hold down control, and choose the other edge, and click on Pierce, do the same thing right here on this edge there, and now we've pierced together the two endpoints. Now if you'd like, you can also add some type of a dimension here to define the size of that. Let's go ahead and choose 0.6 for this case. Now you could add a few other things like curvature control if you wanted to, but it's not necessary and sometimes they'll actually make this feature fail. So go ahead and just choose a dimension, put it on there. Now let's go ahead and exit out of that sketch and let's go over here to Surfaces, click on Swept Surface.
I'm going to use that surface there. As far as my profile, Sketch number seven. As far as my path, I'm going to go ahead and choose this outside edge. You can see there it's going to be creating basically a round surface, but now I want to control that edge on the outside a little bit more. So let's go ahead and lower this mesh density a little bit so you can kind of see it a little better. And then choose the guide curve, and I'm going to go ahead and choose this outside edge. You can see there now I conform to that outside edge and we've got one nice surface that's kind of wrapping around from this inside edge here out to this outside edge here and following this basic profile.
Go ahead and click on OK, and there's our new surface. So pretty straightforward and easy to use. Again, it's a profile and a path and you do have the ability to add in guide curves to help contour that shape. This is definitely really helpful when you're dealing with complex shapes and you're trying to blend them together and it's two enclosed boundaries and kind of filling in the gap between the two.
- Exam-taking techniques
- Surfacing tools
- Creating splines and 3D curves
- Building a boundary surface
- Extending and untrimming surfaces
- Knitting surfaces together
- Creating surface fillets
- Using the Thicken tool