SolidWorks tutorial: SWEEP

SWEEP is the one feature in Solidworks that helps sweep a closed profile along a closed or open path. In this session, we are going to use a simple 3D object as an exercise to demonstrate the use of the SWEEP command in Solidworks.

Let’s right dive into it.

Solidworks SWEEP


Step 1

Create a New Part


Step 2

We need to select the desired plane. Click on the Top Plane and select Sketch


Step 3

Make a circle with the origin of the sketch as the origin of the circle and click on Smart Dimension. Enter 50 mm to specify the diameter of the circle.


Step 4

Click on the Top Plane, go to features, select Reference Geometry and select Plane


Step 5

Select the Top Plane to indicate the first Reference and enter 70 mm


Step 6

After creating plane1, draw a circle with 70 mm as diameter.


Step 7

Use the LOFT command to come out with the following image.


Step 8

Now, we are going to create a Path for the Sweep Extrude command. Select the Front Plane,  select Sketch and use the Spline command to draw a Spline as shown on the image below. Thi will serve as a trajectory or path to the SWEEP command.


Step 9

Create another plane but this time, consider the Right Plane as the first reference and the point at the end of the path as the second reference to create a new plane. The path can be open or closed, a set of sketched curves contained in one sketch, a curve, or a set of model edges


Step 10

Create a sketch on the Plane2, use CenterPoint Straight Slot command to create a profile for sweeping and give the same dimensions as marked on the image below. The profile must be closed for a base or boss sweep feature.


Step 11

If you were to create a spring model, a complex hollow pipe, an air conditioning duct, a curved rod, tubes and twisted parts, this command will be almost inescapable.

To put the final touch to our session, click on Sweep Boss/Base and select the profile and the path following the demo below.


Step 12

Create a sketch on the highlighted surface and draw a circle of 60 mm of diameter.


Step 13

Use the Extrude Cut command, give 65 mm and 6 degrees to the depth of the cut and draft the angle accordingly.


Without exaggeration, this command can be placed amongst the 10 most used commands in Solidworks making it a must-know to anyone looking to model using Solidworks.


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