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3D sketching - How to copy-rotate a 2D profiles around

Question asked by Gerard Boterman on May 25, 2014
Latest reply on May 27, 2014 by Kelef Man

I have got a 2D sketch of a coil profile

My target is to have this coil profile in a 3D sketch, copied around 6 times around the vertical axis at 0,0,0, at a distance of 32 mm.

What is the quickest way to do this.


In KeyCreator I simply draw the profile at the depth of 32 mm, then copy rotate it around the vertical Z-axis. Done.

One simple command: Xform, copy rotate 6x at 60° <Enter>


In SolidWorks I have now spend hours and hours trying to find a simple,quick way by

- copying sketches (Ctrl C; Ctrl V) and changing planes,

- creating rotated planes > sketches rotate randomly

- creating a hexigon solid and using the outside planes > planes rotate

- trying to make blocks of the wire coil and see if I can copy these around > same problem

- select the chained coil first, then use

Problem is that rotate only moves a profile. It does not copy. Copy shows only translate which I do not want.


Anybody who can show a simple way to do this please.

Thanks, Gerard