2 Replies Latest reply on May 6, 2014 9:16 PM by Jerry Steiger

    Creating free form 3d parts - start from 2d sketches

    Xam Ti

      I know that solidworks does a good job in converting 2d DWG files into 3d parts with some user interactions.



      I want to freehand sketch (spline) on a plane and project(extrude) from the 3 faces (2d splines)  to use it to create my outer profile of my part and then later detail it with features holes/fillets/chamfers...etc..)



      What are the commands that i need to research in which order - for me to achieve my objective ?


      Thank you in advance

        • Re: Creating free form 3d parts - start from 2d sketches
          Kelef Man

          hei Xam, my guess would be you need to look at lofting,

          solids and shell. or surfaces and thicken,

          depends on the end goal, maybe a combination,

          without a scrnshot or graphic example hard to

          be definitive? ( BTW in SolidWorks

          you can reach the same result by different methods usually)


          hope this gets you started

          have a good'n- kelef

          • Re: Creating free form 3d parts - start from 2d sketches
            Jerry Steiger



            Project Curve will do the first part. After that, it depends on the types of shapes that you want to make, as Kelef said. Personally, I usually work with Surfaces, particularly Boundary and Fill Surfaces. Swept Surfaces and also be very helpful. Lofts are an older version of Boundary Surfaces, but there are a few situations (particularly the Centerline Loft) where older is better. If you do find that surfacing is the right way to go, there is a Surfaces forum that may be very helpful.


            Jerry S.