
Profile Orientation 
Controls the orientation of the Profile
as it sweeps along the Path
. 


Follow Path

Section remains at same angle with respect to path at all times.


Example of Follow Path 
When you select Follow Path, options stabilize the profiles when small and uneven curvature fluctuations along the path cause the profiles to misalign.

Keep Normal Constant

Section remains parallel to the beginning section at all times irrespective of the tangent vector of the path.


Example of Keep Normal Constant 
If there are multiple profiles, sections remain parallel to the beginning section at all times.



Profile Twist 
Applies twist along the path. Select one of the following:
None

(For 2D paths only.) Aligns the profile normal to the path. No correction is applied.


Example of Follow Path and None (twist) 

Minimum Twist

(For 3D paths only.) Applies a correction to minimize the twisting of the profile along the path.


Example of Follow Path and Minimum Twist 

Follow Path and First Guide Curve

Select Follow Path and First Guide Curve and the twist of the intermediate sections is determined by the vector from the path to the first guide curve. The angle between the horizontal plane and the vector remains constant in the sketch planes of all of the intermediate sections. Available when one or more guide curves are selected.


Example of Follow Path and Minimum Twist (one guide curve selected) 


Example of Follow Path and Follow First Guide Curve (one guide curve selected) 

Follow First and Second Guide Curves

Select Follow First and Second Guide Curves and the twist of the intermediate section is determined by the vector from the first to the second guide curve. The angle between the horizontal plane and the vector remains constant in the sketch planes of all of the intermediate sections.


Example of Follow Path and Minimum Twist (two guide curves selected) 


Example of Follow Path and Follow First Guide Curve (two guide curves selected) 


Example of Follow Path and Follow First Guide and Second Curves (two guide curves selected) 

Specify Twist Angle

Define the twist of the profile along the path. Select Degrees, Radians, or Revolutions.


Example of Follow Path with a Twist value of 2.00 revolutions 
For closed paths, twist values must be equivalent to a multiple of a complete revolution, for example, 360 degrees or 6.2831 radians. 


Example of Keep Normal Constant with a twist value of 2.00 revolutions 

Specify Direction Vector

Select a plane, planar face, line, edge, cylinder, axis, a pair of vertices on a feature, and so on to set the direction vector. Not available with Keep Normal Constant.


Example of Follow Path with Specify Direction Vector (short blue line in preview) 

Tangent to Adjacent Faces

Available when attaching a sweep to existing geometry. Makes the adjacent faces tangent at the profile.

Natural

(For 3D paths only.)
As the profile sweeps along the path, it pivots to maintain the same angle relative to the curvature in the path. May create unexpected results.


Example of Follow Path and Natural (twist) 



Merge Tangent Faces

If the sweep profile has tangent segments, causes the corresponding surfaces in the resulting sweep to be tangent. Faces that can be represented as a plane, cylinder, or cone are maintained. Other adjacent faces are merged, and the profiles are approximated. Sketch arcs may be converted to splines.
Has no effect when using guide curves. 

Show Preview

Displays a shaded preview of the sweep. Clear to display only the profile and path.
