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Boss/Base Sweep Feature

With the Sweep feature you can create a shape by moving a 2D sketch Profile along a 2D or 3D sketch Path.  I’ll show you how the Sweep feature works. Open a new part with model units set to millimeters Go to: File > New > Part Create a 2D sketch Select the Top Plane [...]

With the Sweep feature you can create a shape by moving a 2D sketch Profile along a 2D or 3D sketch Path.  I’ll show you how the Sweep feature works.

Open a new part with model units set to millimeters

Go to: File > New > Part

New Part1 Boss/Base Sweep Feature

Create a 2D sketch

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

The display changes so the Top plane faces you.

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Create a Spline

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline or click at the spline icon Spline Boss/Base Sweep Feature

Create a spline starting at the Origin as shown in the picture. Origin Boss/Base Sweep Feature

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

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Create a New Plane

Make a Plane perpendicular to the endpoint of the spline

Go to Insert > Reference Geometry > Plane or click at the Plane icon New Plane Boss/Base Sweep Feature

Select the Endpoint of the Spline as First Reference

Select the Spline itself as Second Reference

Click OK ok Boss/Base Sweep Feature

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Create a 2D sketch on Plane1

Select the new Plane1 in the feature tree and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon. 2d sketch Boss/Base Sweep Feature

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Create a Circle

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

Start the midpoint of the circle at the endpoint of the spline

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

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Create a Swept Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Sweep or click at the Sweep icon Boss Base Sweep Boss/Base Sweep Feature

Profile sweep profile Boss/Base Sweep Feature: Select the blue Sketch2

Path sweep path Boss/Base Sweep Feature: Select the pink Sketch1

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It’s possible to keep the Profile sketch Normal to the start direction if you wish

To enable this click at the Options menu and change the Orientation/twist type into Keep normal constant

There are many other options in the Sweep menubar such as the Follow Path and 1st Guide Curve / Follow 1st and 2nd Guide Curves / Twist Along Path and Twist Along Path with Normal Constant. 

The best way to discover these options is to try and notice what happens with the sweep.

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You can also make a hollow sweep with the Thin Feature

Just select the Thin Feature option in the Sweep menubar and change the Thickness T1 Boss/Base Sweep Feature of the wall

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Click OK ok Boss/Base Sweep Feature

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I hope you’ve learned something about the Sweep Feature. Do you like my tips? Feel free to share them with your friends!