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Maybe I am misreading what you are requesting, but I believe the tool you are looking for does exist in the draft tool. If you select "Parting Line" under type of draft in the Draft Tool, you can select edges for which you want to draft from. I find it works well for situations you are talking about.
Ben, how did I miss that one all these years??? Many thanks! Do I feel like a right dickhead now let me tell you :-)
Still like to draft froma 3D surfaces though :-)
Have you looked at ruled surfaces? There is an option you can select to `taper from a vector direction'. This has been valuable for me at times.
Yes I use that one all the time John, and it works great from a 3D or 2D sketch. The problem I usually have though is in the final stages prior to manufacture release when the customers decide they need a new feature or the toolmaker has persuaded them to make a late stage change to enhance the mould automation. Usually by then the shape is well defined (or should be) but those seemingly minor tweaks can take a long time to change if your original modelling intent was different.
I did used to use ThinkDesign and this was great for doing this kind of stuff, up to a point, but fell well short in every other area (I started in SolidWorks, moved to Think3, moved to VX then back to Solidworks again!).
A couple of toolmakers I know well use Powershape and CATIA and they can seem to handle most changes but budgets don't extent that far! Besides SolidWorks does get there in the end - sometimes even if a rebuild is needed (but then it would be needed in any system I suspect, and rebuilding is always easier than starting fresh).