From following some of the SolidWorks blogs, it led me to watch Mark Bissotti’s SolidWorks World Presentation on Advanced Modeling with some really excellent strategies and modeling approaches. The most noteable technique I came across in the presentation was the innovative use the deform feature.
In the example below the deform feature is used with the “Curve to Curve” option. The SolidWorks Advanced Part Modeling Training Course covers the deform feature and has some good examples, but the “telephone cord” example below is an innovative way to achieve the final shape.
As shown in the video below, a normal helix is created, a cross section sketch, and then a swept boss/base feature (similar to creating a simple spring). Before going into the deform command, two curves/sketches are required; a before and after sketch. The before sketch is a simple line, and the target sketch can be a complex 2d or 3d spline.
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Hopefully you will find that video useful. I’m sure there are many more applications.