New in SolidWorks 2014: Style Spline

One of the most anticipated new features in SolidWorks 2014 is the style spline. With more precise control over spline shape, curvature, and style characteristics, you can spend more time refining your design instead of measuring and adjusting geometry.

StyleSplineThe Style Spline gives you complete control over all spline characteristics, lets you readily create complex shapes and styles and provides more precision and accuracy in spline creation.

You can use the Style Spline tool to sketch single-span Bézier curves. These curves let you create smooth and robust surfaces, and are available in 2D and 3D sketches. The style spline consists of only one span. You shape its curvature by selecting and dragging control vertex points. Sketch entities connect the control vertices which form the control polygon of the curve.

With style splines, you can easily control the degree and continuity of the curves. You can inference style splines for tangency or equal curvature. You can constrain the points and dimension the curves’ sides. These curves also support mirroring and self-symmetry.

You can learn more about the other new features and enhancements in SolidWorks 2014 on our new SolidWorks 2014 website.

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