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Forming a Surface using bodies

Question asked by Anthony Begins on Nov 15, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 10, 2013 by Jerry Steiger



So I'm not well-versed on using surfaces so I will discuss this to the best of my ability.


I am trying form the surface of an object (oblong/domed) of which we picked points from using a CNC machine.


This was done using a grid pattern so each point is exactly on a 1 inch grid in x and y, and in z on the various height it would range.


We however, don't have just points, since this was done using a ball cutter. So the points were then used to create a series of "balls" in the CAD file, with each "ball" touching the tangent edge of the part we measured, representing the ball cutter on the CNC machine.


I was going to create sketches on planes which intersect the balls, but since the balls would be touching the tangent edge of the surface, it would be near impossible to choose the correct location of the plane for that tangent.


My question now becomes, is it possible to create a surface in which touches all of these "ball" solid bodies at tangent points to create our domed surface?


Thank you for your time in advance,