Using Guide Curves for Sweeps in SOLIDWORKS

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated March 21, 2023


SOLIDWORKS is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows users to create detailed parts and assemblies. One of the features that makes SOLIDWORKS so versatile is the ability to use guide curves when creating sweeps. In this blog post, we will walk through the steps for using guide curves for sweeps in SOLIDWORKS.

Step 1: Open a new or existing part in SOLIDWORKS.

Step 2: Select the “Sweep” command from the “Features” menu.

Sweeps in SOLIDWORKS: Swept Boss/Base Command

Step 3: In the “Sweep” dialog box, select the profile and the path for the sweep. The profile is the cross-section of the sweep, and the path is the line or curve along which the sweep will be extruded.

Sketch profile

Step 4: Click on the “Guide Curves” button in the “Sweep” dialog box.

Guide Curves

Step 5: In the “Guide Curves” dialog box, you can add guide curves to the sweep by selecting the “Add” button. You can also edit or delete existing guide curves by selecting them and clicking on the appropriate button.

Step 6: Once you have added the desired guide curves, click on the “OK” button to return to the “Sweep” dialog box.

Step 7: In the “Sweep” dialog box, you can adjust the parameters of the sweep, such as the draft angle, the alignment, and the twist angle.

Step 8: Click on the “OK” button to create the sweep.

Guide curves are a powerful tool in SOLIDWORKS that allow you to control the shape of a sweep. By using guide curves, you can create more complex and accurate shapes, and you can fine-tune the sweep to fit your specific needs. Keep in mind that you can add multiple guide curves to a single sweep, and you can edit or delete them as needed. Also, you can use different types of guide curves like sketch, 3D or reference curves.

By following these steps, you can use guide curves for sweeps in SOLIDWORKS, giving you more control over the shape of your parts and assemblies. Remember that you can add multiple guide curves to a single sweep, and you can edit or delete them as needed. This feature is a powerful tool to create complex shapes and fine-tune your model to fit your specific needs.

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