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trace an imported file and surface imported file.

Question asked by Joe Brooks on Nov 20, 2012
Latest reply on Nov 21, 2012 by Charles Culp

I have a round tube skeleton frame i have imported into SolidWorks.  I have 3 seperate files to use as imports from my client, DXF, IGES, and STEP.  I have imported all 3 and this perticular skeleton structure has nothing to really grab onto to create sketches i need for surfacing.  basically i need to wrap this skeleton in a fabric skin, so i need surfaces on it to flatten and create the fabric wrap.

 

Is there an easy method to trace/create the splines or curves i need to surface this skeleton? 

is there maybe an auto trace style of a feature i could use? 

 

this structure has compound curves to it.  it is not a planar structure as you can see from the images.  i have also attached the original supplied IGES file that i used to import.  I made a SolidWorks part file out of this already, but it is too big to attach.  any help would be greatly appreciated!  thanks!

front view.jpgside view.jpgplan view.jpgiso view.jpg

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