Among the many new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 are features that “Clean Up” or simplify the entire process of creating some types of models — the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool is one of these. Let’s see how this tool can be put to use.
Take a look at the following example of this complex surface from which we would like to remove the center and leave a “Ribbon” around the outside of the shape.
Use of the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool will permit us to easily generate a complex 3D sketch that exactly matches the surface. The resulting 3D sketch can then be used for a trim operation in order to finish up the feature.
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