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How to use a Solid Body as a Profile for a Cut Sweep in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE created/updated April 17, 2017

Did you know that you can use a Solid Body to perform a Swept Cut? If you usually work with multi-body parts, you will find this tool very handy to complete your designs. Under the SOLIDWORKS Cut Sweep command, there is an option which allows you to select a solid body instead of a sketch as a profile to produce the cut.

The following image shows two bodies and a helix which works as the path for the sweep command. Solid Body #2 represents the cutting tool. Instead of drawing a separate closed profile to use as the sweep profile, this solid body will be used for the cut sweep command.

Running Cut Sweep Using the Solid Body as the Cutting Profile

 

The following image shows how the Solid Profile can be used instead of Sketch Profile under the Cut Sweep command. Notice a Solid Body called ‘Revolve1’ is selected in the profile selection box, and the helix is used as the path.

Solid Body called Revolve1 is Selected as the Profile for the Sweep Command.

Solid Body called Revolve1 is Selected as the Profile for the Sweep Command.

The following image is the final result of this operation:

SOLIDWORKS Cut Sweep with a solid body

Resulted Model from another Angle.

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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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