SolidWorks Loft feature

Boss/Base Loft feature

The Loft feature is an important tool for surface modeling . With the Loft feature you can create organic shapes with multiple 2D and 3D sketches and guidecurves. Today we will take a look at this feature. Open a new part with model units set to millimeters Go to: File > New > Part  Create [...]

The Loft feature is an important tool for surface modeling . With the Loft feature you can create organic shapes with multiple 2D and 3D sketches and guidecurves. Today we will take a look at this feature.

Open a new part with model units set to millimeters

Go to: File > New > Part New Part1 Boss/Base Loft feature

Create a 2D sketch

Select the Front Plane in the feature tree (menu at the left side) and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch1 Boss/Base Loft feature

The display changes so the Front plane faces you.

01 create a 2d sketch in solidworks Boss/Base Loft feature

Create a shape with the Spline tool

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline Spline Boss/Base Loft feature

Use multiple Spline points to create a contour as shown in the picture

Make sure that the endpoint of the Spline is connected with the startpoint of the Spline  to create a closed contour.

02 spline in solidworks Boss/Base Loft feature

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch Boss/Base Loft feature

Create a new plane parallel at the Front Plane

Go to: Insert > Reference Geometry > Plane or click at the Plane icon New Plane Boss/Base Loft feature

Select the Front Plane as shown in the picture.

Change the Offset Distance  into 110 mm. Offset Distance.png Boss/Base Loft feature

Click OK ok Boss/Base Loft feature

03 make a new plane Boss/Base Loft feature

Create a Circle sketch

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the circle icon circle Boss/Base Loft feature

Draw a circle as shown in the picture

Close the Sketch close sketch Boss/Base Loft feature

04 draw a circle Boss/Base Loft feature

Create a 3D Sketch

Click at the Dropdown menu under the 2D sketch option to select the 3D Sketch icon 3d sketch Boss/Base Loft feature

Create a shape with the Spline tool

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline or click at the Spline icon Spline Boss/Base Loft feature

Draw a two-point Spline without any midpoints.

Change the dimensions of the blue Spline arrow to create a curve as shown in the picture.

Close the Sketchclose sketch Boss/Base Loft feature

 

05 solidworks guide curve Boss/Base Loft feature

Now it’s time to draw the Loft

Go to Insert > Boss/Base > Loft or click at the Loft icon Loft Boss/Base Loft feature

Select Sketch1 and Sketch2 as loft profiles Profiles Boss/Base Loft feature

Enanble the Show preview option

Drag at the green balls if you can’t see a preview

06 loft Boss/Base Loft feature

Add a Guide Curve

To define the shape of the Loft it’s possible to add (multiple) Guide Curves.

Click in the purple Guide Curve box and select 3DSketch1 in the feature tree or the model Guide Curves Boss/Base Loft feature

07 solidworks loft with guidecurve Boss/Base Loft feature

Click OK  to apply your Loft ok Boss/Base Loft feature

08 solidworks loft Boss/Base Loft feature

The best way to discover all the possibilities with the loft feature is to practice a lot. Do you have any questions about the Loft feature? Leave a message below and I will answer them.