Use Non-Parallel Planes for a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Loft! [VIDEO]

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated March 5, 2015


Some of my favorite enhancements to come from this latest release of SOLIDWORKS are addressing some limitations that have affected my own workflow in the past. Traditionally, one would require the use of parallel planes in order to create a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Loft part with dissimilar profiles.  Once the loft was created, one could then cut the sheet metal at the required angle and hope that the body would unroll.

Now SOLIDWORKS has given us the ability to generate a dissimilar loft between two NON-PARALLEL planes!

I invite you to take a peek at the video below to see how:

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.