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Loft Problem

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10-30-2012 06:55 AM

Is it possible to loft a shape which includes a hole or a section missing?


I am trying to loft the following shape but it doesn't seem to work with the missing section in the middle. Currently the 2 sketches are the same but in the actual design they aren't. i wanted to test if it would work with the same sketches but it doesn't.


Pedal Loft.JPG


If it is not possible what would be the easiest solution?

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Re: Loft Problem

10-30-2012 07:05 AM in reply to: kevin.vayro

Why not just extrude it?

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Re: Loft Problem

10-30-2012 07:10 AM in reply to: john.retzlaff

I want a curved profile to the edge, I just haven't included it. I thought loft would be the easiest way but maybe it isn't.


I'm trying to achieve a similar profile to what is in this image.


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Re: Loft Problem

10-30-2012 11:50 AM in reply to: kevin.vayro

Loft in two steps.

Step one for the outer shape.

Step 2 to cut the holes.

Attach your file here if you can't figure it out.

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Message 5 of 5 (165 Views)

Re: Loft Problem

10-31-2012 01:54 AM in reply to: JDMather

to elaborate on JD's post - Inventor cannot loft a profile with a void in the middle to create a lofted tube.  But I can loft the exterior face and then loft the interior face (with a cut) to create what is desired in 2 steps.


Assuming you are using rails with your loft (instead of centre-line), to give you a curve/bulge to the shape along the length of the loft, then you're probably going to want a set of rails for both the inner and outer profile to get them to match.

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