Sweep Solid vs. Sweep Thin.

Thin sweep features can be a little deceiving.  A swept thin does not behave the same as an extruded thin. With an extruded thin, you can have open contours in the sketch. With a swept thin, the profile must remain closed. 

Note: For all these examples, the “pink” sketch will be used as the path, the “green” as the profile.

This first example might be what you would expect a swept thin to be used for. 

With the sketches set up something like so…

Unfortunately, this is not the case.




In order to create a sweep like this, the profile must be closed…


So what is a swept thin used for?  Basically, it is nothing more than a shell.  It just happens to be built into the sweep feature.

  Solid Sweep…                           Thin Sweep…




Nathan Brunner, CSWP

Technical Analyst

Computer Aided Technology, Inc.




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