Style Spline of Higher Order in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated April 4, 2016


The Style Spline command has had some excellent enhancements in the SOLIDWORKS 2016 release. We have a new PropertyManager which allows you to choose which type of spline to create.

You can now create B-Splines of 3rd,  5th, or 7th degrees with the Style Spline tool. You can adjust the smoothness of the curve by manipulating the degree of the curve:

  • Select Tools > Sketch Entities > Style Spline
Style Spline Options in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Style Options in SOLIDWORKS 2016

In the Insert PropertyManager, select from four spline type options. The minimum points required to create each of these options are:

  • A 3rd degree B-Spline requires 4 points
  • A 5th degree B-Spline requires 6 points
  • A 7th degree B-Spline requires 8 points
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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 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  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.