I'm an ME student at UAA, and I'm in need of some assistance. I'm trying to make a part file that contains several adaptive polygons that can be extruded and lofted, while being able to change shape and scale from a spreadsheet value. So far, I have played with the polygon tool and while I CAN modify it to suit my needs, the # of sides value cannot be linked to a spreadsheet. I have also managed to use equations and circular patterns to generate a polygon of any size and shape that I want, but it then misbehaves when trying to extrude or loft.
They are being treated as individual lines, while I need them to behave as a sort of jointed profile, but I don't know how to do that.
Here is the variable list that I made to generate the shapes, which I believe SHOULD make perfect normal polygons, but they don't quite fit. If I zoom in preposterously far, I can find that the endpoints of my lines to not properly coincide, I don't know if this is part of the problem or not...
Is there a way Solidworks can be made to automatically recognize this as a usable profile for extrusions and lofts?
If anyone knows an easier/faster/more professional way to make something like this, I'm all ears. I just want it to be adaptive and responsive in every conceivable way... Is that so much to ask?