12 Replies Latest reply on May 27, 2014 12:20 AM by Kelef Man

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

    Gerard Boterman

      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