9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 26, 2012 4:41 PM by Chad Hawkenson

# how would you make this model

Can anyone tell me how I should go about making this part in solidworks?  PLease see the picture below.

Chris

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Sweep along a 3D sketch path.

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here is my attemp - this may not be the best way to generate the path, but this is definately a sweep part.

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I was looking at your sketch and I know how you made the radius tanget to the vertical lines.  What i can figure out is how you made the radius follow the same path as the circle.  You mind explaining please.

Thanks,

Chris

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I made the end points of the arcs coincident with the main arc,and I made the center points line up with the end points (along Y if I remember correctly).

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Hi Christopher,

You could also easily do it with two revolve, one extrude and then mirror.

Mark

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Here's my "creative" solution. Create the geometry easily using common features (Extrude, Cut, and radius). Then convert the edges as a 3D sketch and that you can use as the sweep profile (hide or delete body). I ususally do this for weldment structures but there are many places where this is 'sometimes' easier than the 3D sketch.

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Looks like a good solution to me Don. I had to give you props for coming up with such a simple but yet, very creative way to do this. Genius! Construction geometry can be a very useful tool.

Dean

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Very creative, easy way to make this geometry....Way to think outside the box.

Thanks,

Chris

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Here is my example for your review.

It is fully editable with equations and a design table if you so choose.  Hope this is useful.