Course info
January 12, 2017
55m 50s

There are many ways to create swoopy parts in SOLIDWORKS and the sweep command is one of the more popular ones. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Essentials – In-depth Sweeps, you'll start with just a sketch, a profile, and a path and move onto guide curves and other advanced options. First, you're going to start with the simple aspects of the sweep command, but then explore all of the options for the command. Next, you'll see examples of different uses of the options and see how guide curves, start and end tangency can help us obtain the geometry that we may want. Finally, you'll learn how solid sweeps can work as well and bi-direction sweep options. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of all the different types of options inside the sweep command. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2017.

About the author
About the author

Tony Riggs is an Elite Applications Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. He received a BSME from the University of Tulsa and has been using SOLIDWORKS for over 18 years.

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Hi everyone, my name is Tony Riggs and welcome to my course SW Essentials –In-depth Sweeps.

I am an Senior Applications Engineer at GoEngineer, a SW reseller that sells and support SW in south-central and western United States. I am a mechanical engineer, Certified SW Instructor and Certified SW Expert with about 19 years of SW experience. As an application engineer I have been responsible for training, technical support and product demonstrations of SW and several other products that we carry.

There are many different ways to create “swoopy” parts in SOLIDWORKS and the sweep command is one of the more popular ones. The command can be powerful with just the basic options, but once we understand some of the advanced options we can really see the power of the tool. If we can take advantage of this feature, even with the simple uses, we can really speed up our design and not fight with understanding the settings.

In this course, we are going to start with just a sketch for the profile and one for the path and move our way thru guide curves and other advanced options like twist and solid sweeps.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  1. How do I start a sweep?
  2. How do I create threads?
  3. How can I create my profile and path sketches easier
By the end of this course you should have a better understanding of all of the different options inside the sweep command.

While going thru this course, think about different geometry that we see every day that could be modeled with a sweep.From here, you should feel comfortable diving into more complicated SW courses:
  1. SOLIDWORKS - Working with Loft and Boundary Features
  2. SOLIDWORKS – Working with Curves and Splines
  3. Understanding the Surface Modeling Tools in SOLIDWORKS
I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn SolidWorks with the SW Essentials –In-depth Sweeps course, at Pluralsight.