Used to construct a parametric
solid that is transformed between section elements (lines, line strings, arcs,
ellipses, complex chains, complex shapes, B-spline curves, or the edges of a
surface). Multiple sections can be selected with <Ctrl+data point> and
should be selected in the order that the solid is to be created.
All section elements must be in the same direction to
avoid the resulting solid from being twisted. As you select each element,
arrows display indicating each element's direction. To reverse the direction of
the section, click the arrow. On closed sections, to relocate the start point,
click the sphere at the base of the direction arrow and drag it to the required
You can access this tool from
|Loft by Sections
Creates a solid between the selected section curves. The
section curve can be the edge of a surface or solid.
|Loft by Sections with Guide Wires
Creates a solid using both the selected section curves and
selected Guide Wires that control the shape of the solid between the section
curves. The Guide Wires can be curves or the edge of a surface or a solid.
|Force Start Point at Selection Point
|| If on, the start point for the section curves is
defined by the identification point such that:
- for a closed curve,
the start point is at the snap point.
- for an open curve,
the start point is at the end nearest to the snap point.
|| (Available only when Loft by Sections is selected)
If on, solids are created linearly between each section curve, with no
If off, smoothing is applied to the generated solid.
|| Sets the behavior of the profile after the feature
- Hide - The profile
is associated with the feature to allow for later modification, but is not
visible. To use or modify the profile again, you will need to use
Show Input Element command from the
reset pop-up menu or the
Show Input Element tool.
- Show - The profile
is associated with the feature to allow for later modification and is visible.
This allows you to quickly reuse the same profile in another 3D operation.
Modifying the profile will affect both operations.
- Copy and Hide -
Hide; except that a copy of the profile
is made first, leaving the original profile unassociated. This allows you to
quickly reuse the same profile in another 3D operation that you do not wish to
be associated with the previous feature.