Currently learning Solidworks, can't seem to find a way to get this loft to work. Start of a hull I'm building. Any suggestions?
this is a current limitation that you can only use two profiles and no guide curves in order to create a lofted bend. In your example you have three profiles and three guide curves. You can create a boundary surface from those profiles. However you are not able to unfold this surface with SOLIDWORKS sheet metal functionality.
With SOLIDWORKS Premium you will get a surface flatten feature that can flatten this kind of surfaces.
Hope this helps.
SOLIDWORKS Product Definition Team
Thanks Frank, great help. Just to clarify with flattening a surface like this, will it be accurate enough to manufacture?
Is it possible to please get that completed boundary surface off you just so I can see your process.
Cheers again for the help.
you can actually influence the accuracy of the flattened surface by manipulating the mesh accuracy. However the flatten surface feature does not take any material parameters into account. It automatically creates a mesh which is used to calculate the developed surface. So a higher triangle density will give you a better (more accurate) result.
Based on the geometry there might be areas that have to be either stretched or compressed. You can display those areas by activating the Deformation Plot (RMB on the flattened surface -> Deformation Plot). It should give you a pretty good understanding how accurate the developed surface is:
Hope this explains the feature behavior.
Product Definition Team
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