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3.5.5.4. Example - Lofting Faces of Primitive Solids

  1. On the Structure ribbon in the Entity Creation group, click Draw Entity and choose Box from the drop-down menu.

  2. Draw a box with the corner at (0.0, 0.0, 0.0) cm and an extent of (1.0, 0.6, 0.2) cm.

  3. Change the working plane orientation to YZ and the offset to "2 cm".

  4. On the Structure ribbon in the Entity Creation group, click Draw Entity and choose Circular Cylinder from the drop-down menu.

  5. Draw a cylinder with center at (2.0, 0.3, 0.1) cm, a radius of 0.3 cm, and a height of 1.0 cm.

  6. Choose the Geometry node in the Browser (or press the Esc key) to de-isolate the cylinder.

  7. On the Structure ribbon in the Entity Modification group, click Advanced and choose Loft Faces.

  8. You first pick the leftmost face on the cylinder (circular face). This is somewhat complex because that face is behind another face. You can rotate the view or use a different mechanism. Place your cursor over that face (note that the cylindrical face hover-highlights), right-click and choose Pick > All Behind from the context menu.

  9. Click again over the face. The circular face is now picked - you can confirm this by noting that the hint string at the bottom of the application ends with "[1: Face]" to indicate that you have picked one face.

  10. Press the Shift key and click on the rightmost face of the box. Two faces are now picked.

  11. Press Enter (or choose Done from the context menu) to finish the loft.

    Notice that the lofted solid has a presence in the Browser under the Geometry node. Both the circle and rectangle are located under the Creation > Profiles node.

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