4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 24, 2013 1:28 AM by Deepak Gupta

# How do you draw a curve offset from another curve along an axis not normal to the plane of the first curve?

hope this question makes sense

Imagine you extrude a cylinder.  Then you create a plane that intersects the cylinder at a 45 degree angle to the axis running down the center of the cylinder, then draw a circle (larger than the cylinder) on that plane.  Now, you want to extrude that circle, but not in a direction normal to the plane the circle was created on, but rather you want to extrude it the direction of the axis of the cylinder.

How would you do that?

I realize I could draw another circle in the same position below the first and do some kind of loft between them - but let's say it's not an easy-to-draw thing like a circle, and maybe is some arbitrary geometry that is not easy to redraw... and you just want to somehow extrude the original sketch?

• ###### Re: How do you draw a curve offset from another curve along an axis not normal to the plane of the first curve?

You can define the direction of the cut/extrude here.  Use the Temporary Axes or a Reference Geometry Axis or sketch axis for the direction.

Cheers,

Anna

• ###### Re: How do you draw a curve offset from another curve along an axis not normal to the plane of the first curve?

Hi Anna,

Thank you!  I feel a bit stupid... we just got Solidworks at the office (I usually draw in Mastercam) and completely did not see that option!  thanks!

• ###### Re: How do you draw a curve offset from another curve along an axis not normal to the plane of the first curve?

Don't worry about feeling stupid.  Happens to us many year SolidWorks veterens as well.    There is a lot to learn with the software.

Cheers,

Anna

• ###### Re: How do you draw a curve offset from another curve along an axis not normal to the plane of the first curve?

Welcome to SolidWorks forums Terry.

Check attached video if this is what you looking for.