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Draw a closed, non-intersecting profile on a plane or a face to make a sweep:

  • Swept Boss/Base (Features toolbar) or Insert > Boss/Base > Sweep (Insert > Boss/Base > Sweep).
  • Swept Cut (Features toolbar) or Insert > Cut > Sweep (Insert > Cut > Sweep).
  • Select Swept Surface from the Surfaces toolbar or Insert > Surface > Sweep from the Insert menu.

To make a Swept Boss or Base, you'll need two things: a closed profile and a path. This first example will demonstrate how to make a sweep with a circular profile and a rather open linear path. The profile drawn on the front plane and the sweep route drawn on the top plane are shown in Figure 1.

Creates a solid rod or hollow tube directly on a model along a sketch line, edge, or curve. Sets the profile (sector) for the sweep to be created. In the graphics section or the FeatureManager design tree, select the profile. For a base or boss sweep functionality, the profile must be closed.

"What is a sweep?" is a question that clients regularly ask. Sweep is a tool in SOLIDWORKS that moves a profile along a path to create a solid, a cut, or a surface feature. To make a solid, move a profile down a path with the Swept Boss tool. One or more closed contours can be found in the profile.

  • Select New from the drop-down menu.
  • Select Top Plane and then Sketch from the drop-down menu.
  • Select Circle and draw a circle with the origin as the centre.
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  • Draw a plane parallel to the spline end (or Click on Front Plane and click Sketch.)
  • Select View Orientation-Normal To from the drop-down menu.

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