The loft in the attached part doesn't follow the right-hand guide curve (Sketch 54). It's close but about a millimeter off. Why? What do I need to change in the loft settings to make this work?
You can loft the right face first by itself using a surface loft and it will stay flat. Then loft the rest of it using the edges of the face as guide curves. Finally cap the end and then form a solid, for example with the intersect feature. See my attached file.
OK, now I see that the right-hand face of the loft is touching the guide curve , but the face is bowed from front to rear. I need to keep that face flat. I don't think I can sketch more guide curves at its sharp edges, because they'd be 3d sketches and I don't know where they're going to be until the loft is created. Any other suggestions?
Jamil, I think you nailed it. I've never done (or heard of) a surface loft - or surface plane, or intersect - but if that's what it takes, I guess I'll have to learn. Thanks!
OK, now I have a new problem. In my actual part (not the test part that I attached with my question), I'm making a lot of cuts into that loft. I can cut the solid body, but the lofted surface is still there! How do I get rid of it?
If you used an intersect feature to form the solid body, there is a check box that says "consume surfaces" or something like that. If you check it then the surfaces will be deleted when it forms the solid. Otherwise you can just hide the surface by right clicking on it in the Surface Bodies folder of the feature tree or in the graphics window and select hide. Or you can add a "delete body" feature and select the surface(s) to be deleted.
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