1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 29, 2016 11:50 AM by Glenn Schroeder

    extrude non-planar 3D drawing

    Breton Losch

      Hello all.

       

      I am trying to model a boat in Solidworks.  The data for the boat comes as an offset table, which is a set of 3D coordinates.  I placed all of the coordinates in a 3D drawing and connected them via splines to form the outline of the hull.  I can't get any of the sections to extrude -- it always says that the direction must be defined for the extrusion.  I get that, but does that mean that I have to define a perpendicular vector for each section?  The problem with that is that the sections aren't planar -- they're curved in different ways.  Are there any other approaches that could work?

       

      Thanks.

       

                  Bret

        • Re: extrude non-planar 3D drawing
          Glenn Schroeder

          Welcome to the forum.  I doubt if you'd get good results trying to extrude that.  You might have better luck creating it as surfaces first and then thickening, but I rarely work with surfaces so I'm not sure.  Hopefully someone else that's more familiar with them will chime in with more detailed advice.