Add Spline

Toolbar-SE-AddSpline

Toolbar :

Part-Editor : Geometry toolbar

Menu :

Part-Editor : Add menu > Geometry sub-menu> > Add Spline

What to do :

Note: Add Spline is the only sketch-element (other than Add Point) in which you do NOT drag your mouse-pointer.

2.Click Geometry toolbar >Add Spline in the  - see image to the left

When Add Spline is the active command:

3.Click in the graphic-area to add a Point, as the first 'node' of the Spline

- or -

Click an existing Point of a different sketch-element, as the first 'node' of the Spline

4.Continue to click at different places in the graphic-area to add more nodes

To end Add Spline:

5.Click the first node again to add a Closed Spline
- or -
Click the last node again to add an Open Spline.

The Spline sketch-element is now in the graphic-area.

An open and closed Spline. Spline-handles at the nodes.

An open and closed Spline.
Spline-handles at the nodes.

Notes:

A Spline may be openRed-14-1b or closedRed-14-2.

To show the spline-handlesRed-14-3, click the Spline.

The direction of the spline is normal to the spline-handleRed-14-3
The curvature of the spline is proportional to the length of the spline-handle
The curvature of the spline is symmetrical to the two sides of the spline-handle.

To hide the spline-handles (default), click the Spline again.

To edit its geometric properties:

Edit the Node's Position

Use the Part-Editor:

1.Add a dimension, to the node to edit its position.
2.Drag the node to a new position.

Use the Point Display and Properties dialog-box

1.Double-click a node in the Part-Editor or the Mechanism-Editor

Edit the Spline's Angle at the Node

1.Click the Spline to show the Spline-Handles
2.Drag the arrowhead of a spline-handle in a different direction

Edit the Spline's Curvature at the Node

1.Click the Spline to show the Spline-Handles
2.Drag the arrowhead of a spline-handle further from or nearer to a node

 

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