103 solidworks loft

solidworks tutorial-loft

type : tutorial ebook - PDF

whats in for audience: lesson to exercise solidworks loft

target feature of tutotrial: solidworks loft

features used in tutorial:

  • solidworks sketch
  • solidworks refrence geometry
  • solidworks revolve
  • solidworks fillet
  • solidworks base extrude

difficulty level: advanced

provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)



solidworks tutorial-loft

Please note that this is an advanced tutorial which means I don’t cover basic skills here – like creating a sketch or drawing a line – so if you are a beginner then I suggest you to work on the drone project. That is a solidworks 3d modeling project which I described the designing process from the very beginning to advanced  skills.

And the summary of this tutorial

This is the process of designing a simple buckle to exercise solidowrks loft feature:

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What we use to accomplish this model :

  • Plane
  • Sketch
  • Line
  • Circle
  • Spline
  • Extruded boss/base
  • Revolved boss/base
  • Extruded cut
  • Loft
  • Add relation

I guess everyone is familiar with the buckle and that’s why I choose it as a model . first of all we are going to make the main body of the model which will be created by loft . to do so we need at least two sketches . the first sketch is on the front plane. the second sketch is on a new plane that we define.

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now you have two profiles to join by loft feature .  you are ready to select your profiles .

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as you can see the preview , solidworks will join two profiles but this is not what we really want . we need some curvature on the surface of the body .guide curves will tell the software how to join the profiles . you can draw any guide curve you want to get the desired shape just keep in mind that they should be coincident with profiles . 


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the guide curves

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With these guide curves and profiles now you are ready to use the loft feature . 

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Now you see the differences from the first time . 

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 what we do in the rest of the tutorial is just to make it a little bit like a real buckle .

an extrude

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and a cut

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and finally a revolve:

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Now it’s done:

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Solidworks tutorial code: 103

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