Today's Tech Tip focuses on the Sweep feature, and how a swept surface can be used to blend surfaces.
Blending surfaces together is a commonly used technique when modeling with surfaces. Typically, a surface model is broken out into manageable sections that are added incrementally to form a single surface. In many situations, two or more surfaces will need to be split before being blended together. Let’s take a look at how to use the Sweep feature to split surfaces before a blending operation.
In this example, the handle of the pressure washer is constructed by creating a lofted surface. This surface intersects the main body, and will need to be trimmed.
Split operations are used to trim the surfaces and form a coincident edge. The remaining surfaces are removed with the Delete Part feature.
The common edge, formed from the split operations, is used to drive a swept profile as a construction surface. The Split command is used once more to split the handle and main body with the construction surface.
After deleting the unwanted surfaces, the Loft feature is used to bridge the handle and body together while maintaining curvature continuity.
Using the Sweep feature to split surfaces can help you hone your surfacing skills and produce organic shapes and features with ease.
For more information on how to model with surfaces, check out the Advance Part and Surfacing Design Learning Pathway in the Onshape Learning Center.
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