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.
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.
The following image is the final result of this operation:
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