IN THIS CHAPTER
Defining and creating curves in SolidWorks
Choosing an occasional specialty feature
Creating a wire-formed part tutorial
When you need to create features that are somewhat outside of the mainstream, you may need to reach deeper into the depth of the SolidWorks toolbox. SolidWorks has a lot of functionality that lies out of the public eye that in certain situations may be just what you are looking for. You will probably not use the tools you find in this chapter every day, but knowing about them may mean the difference between having capability and not having it.
Curves in SolidWorks are often used to help define sweeps and lofts, as well as other features. Curves differ from sketches in that curves are defined using sketches or a dialog box, and you cannot manipulate them directly or dimension them in the same way that you can sketches. Functions that you are accustomed to using with sketches often do not work on curves.
The curve features that this chapter deals with are:
Several features that carry the curve name are actually sketch-based features:
Split Line is another feature that can create edges on faces that can be used like curve features. Split Lines are not even remotely considered curves, but they can function ...