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Is it possible to create a Minimum Bounding Cylinder?

Question asked by Mike Frink on Dec 14, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 14, 2016 by Mike Frink

I need to find the minimum bounding cylinder for various models. Some models are pretty obvious where the cylinder will be and can just be sketched in, and other models are not as obvious. I know solidworks can create minimum bounding boxes via the weldment tool, but you can't fit a round peg in a smaller square hole.


I think the answer is 'no' but wanted to test the forum if anyone else has had this issue. Regardless, I'm working on trying to do this oputside of solidworks, and found a nice macro that will export model vertex points to a text file here:

How to get a point cloud from an existing solid model - DASSAULT: SOLIDWORKS 3D Design - Eng-Tips

These points could then be put-through an as-yet-to-be-created algorithm to calculate the minimum bounding cylinder via an API. This may take me a while to figure that out though.