Create Ruled Surfaces and Solids

Use the Ruled tools to create surfaces/solids by interpolating lines and surfaces either linearly or smoothly.

  1. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define additional options.
  2. Select lines or surfaces to interpolate.
  3. Optional: Activate the Select guides option to choose guide lines and/or surfaces.
    Note: This option is only for available in the Smooth tool.

    Figure 1. Without guide lines

    Figure 2. With guide lines
  4. Click Review on the guide bar.
  5. Use the microdialog to preview the output and define additional link options.
    Option Description
    Select Links Create a link between input surfaces by specifying two end points. A pair may not skip any surface in between. For instance, if surfaces 1, 2, 3 and 4 are defined in that order as the input surface list, a link can be defined from surface 2 to 3 but not from surface 2 to 4. If such a link is detected, it is ignored. One point may be linked to multiple points, which results in the creation of triangular surfaces. Point links are show graphically as arrows below.

    Figure 3.
    Reset Links Reset/delete all the link entities using this option
    Show Preview Disable or enable a preview while defining link entities. For complex models, the preview could be an expensive operation. Turning it off may help add complex link entities.
  6. Optional: Activate the Create ring surfs/solids option.
    When this option is turned on, the first and last surfaces/lines in the list are considered a pair in order to form a closed loop.
  7. Click Create on the guide bar.