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.
Create a New Part
We need to select the desired plane. Click on the Top Plane and select Sketch
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.
Click on the Top Plane, go to features, select Reference Geometry and select Plane
Select the Top Plane to indicate the first Reference and enter 70 mm
After creating plane1, draw a circle with 70 mm as diameter.
Use the LOFT command to come out with the following image.
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.
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
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.
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.
Create a sketch on the highlighted surface and draw a circle of 60 mm of diameter.
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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