In this SOLIDWORKS FAQ, we answer ten questions about SOLIDWORKS sweeps.
Question: How can I improve the quality in the Sweep Cut feature with a solid body as a tool?
Answer: The result is influenced by geometries, continuity, and their complexity.
Question: What are some of the functions of the Selection Manager?
Answer: The Selection Manager has some of the following features (loft, sweep, surface boundary) and it can do the following functions:
Some of the options in the Selection Manager are the following:
Question: Is it required to create individual sketches for each guide curve for sweeps or lofts?
Answer: No, multiple guide curves can exist in a single sketch for a sweep or a loft command.
Question: A swept-cut using a solid body does not follow the path. Why?
Answer: To have a solid body follow a sketched path, please ensure that the path is continuous without any sharp corners. The path must be tangent within itself and begin at a point on or within the tool body profile.
Question: How a solid sweep is created using a non-tangent path (right angles)?
Answer: To create a solid sweep with a non-tangent path change the Options- >” Orientation/twist” section to either “Keep Normal Constant” or “Follow Path: All Faces
Question: After creating a sweep section, sweep path, guide curves, and a pierce relation between the sketches, why does the sweep path fail with a "no pierce relation" error message?
Answer: The maximum number of turns/twists that a sweep profile can make is 100.
Question: What are the requirements for the tool body used in the solid sweep feature?
Answer: The tool body must be convex, revolved, or extrude with the main body, not merged; otherwise the results will be unexpected with possible errors.
Question: What is a possible reason for the option "align with end faces” not working in a sweep feature?
Answer: If the sweep starts and ends at the same face (e.g. a u-shape), then "align with end faces” will not work.
Question: How can surfaces left over by a sweep be made smooth?
Answer: Sweeps are non-analytic geometry, thus the sweeps have some leeway when they are created.
Question: Can options in PropertyManagers be permanently set, for example, to always use a face fillet or certain loft tangency conditions?
Answer: Unfortunately, these options cannot be permanently set, even by manual registry edits, as they are hardcoded.
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