If you want to obtain very specific internal carvings in 3D bodies in Solidworks®, you need to use the Lofted Cut command. We generally can not produce the geometries with Lofted Cut with other commands in Solidworks. Users generally use the Lofted Cut command to obtain aesthetic carvings inside various 3D shapes obtained in Solidworks.
So in this article, you will find the information about how to use the Lofted Cut in Solidworks, how to use various features of Lofted Cut and you will understand what kinds of geometric features we can obtain by using the Lofted Cut command in Solidworks. If you follow the steps below that we introduced, you will learn how to use Lofted Cut in Solidworks.
How to Use Lofted Cut in Solidworks®?
To use the Lofted Cut in Solidworks, you need to obtain a proper sketch for it by using the 3D Sketch feature of Solidworks®. As you can see from the example above, you need to have start and end profiles as shown by green arrows, also you could have much more profiles inside the geometry to use Lofted Cut. And you need to have profiles and guide curves as shown by red arrows to use Lofted Cut in Solidworks.
Let’s open the command of Lofted Cut to start the operation as shown by the red arrow above.
So we selected our start and end profiles from the red box above in the Lofted Cut command as shown by the red arrows then we selected our guide curve from the green box region in the Lofted Cut command as shown by the green arrow.
You need to create a proper set of sketches in the Lofted Cut command in Solidworks. The intersections of these sketches must be very clear to use. Otherwise, Lofted Cut command will give you an error. You can obtain these sketch features with 3D sketching commands in Solidworks. Also you can use the planes effectively by creating them in correct positions.
Thin Feature and Other Options in Lofted Cut Command in Solidworks
If you tick the thin feature inside the blue box above, as you can see the lofted cut geometry will be as shown by the blue arrow in the Lofted Cut command of Solidworks®.
You can obtain very different channels with the Thin Feature of Lofted Cut command in Solidworks. Different flow channels can be created by drawing the contours of channels in Lofted Cut sketches. You can use these channel geometries in fluid flow analyses.
These are the curvature observation options in the Lofted Cut command, you can observe the curvature situation of your geometry by selecting one of them in the Lofted Cut command.
If you are preparing presentations about the part that you design in Solidworks, mesh preview, zebra stripes or curvature combs can be very useful. Other people can assess the curvatures with these Curvature Display options of the Lofted Cut command.
These are the Start and End constraints of the Lofted Cut command. We can adjust the start and end of the lofted cut as start/end with the direction of a vector that you select, by selecting the Direction Vector or you can select the Normal To Profile to adjust the start/end of the Lofted Cut will be normal to your selected profiles in Lofted Cut command.
If you complete the adjustments of the Lofted Cut command, you need to click on the green yes button as shown by the blue arrow above in Solidworks®.
As you can see above, we obtained Lofted Cut geometry in Solidworks®.
Other Useful Commands of Solidworks
Above all, the cutting commands of Solidworks® are very useful and very easy to use. There are other very useful commands that you can use in the Solidworks® to obtain very impressive 3D designs. Check the useful command of Solidworks® below.
- Creating Surfaces Effectively With Lofting Method In Solidworks®
- Creating Surfaces With Sweep Method Effectively In Solidworks®
- Creating Revolved Surfaces Effectively In Solidworks®
- Surface Extrusion In Solidworks® To Create Surfaces
- Creating Dome Structures In Solidworks®
The use of the Lofted Cut command in Solidworks® to create internal hollow shapes is very simple like above.
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