I have applied finally Swept Blend, with just 2 section at a 15cm transaction.
I chosen free ends for both sections, as tangent and normal created an unwanted curvature.
Then I applied a smooth radius.
I am not 100% satisfied yet. An other idea was to remove material gradually, every 10mm or 15mm distance, so as to have abt 15 sections and blend by pair. But that was worst, as the small distance create a strong twist of edges.
This is the final nozzle, as assembled to the basic turbine casing.
Thanks all for your advise.
That looks good... and simple as well.
Often multiple sections lack the smoothness desired. If a particular path must be followed, guide curves in a variable section sweeps are more useful. One of PTC's knowledgebase examples is the bottle which is very similar to your "challenge".
Have you been following our discussion on the surface feature? I learned a lot about how to use the sweep feature in this discussion: http://communities.ptc.com/message/198441#198441
No I havent. I think it s time for me to go to surface modelling as well. I will follow and practise from this one discussion.
Further to all ptc discussions, does anybody knows a really worthy book to buy. I always prefer hard copies book for my library. I have none for Pro E, so i am thinking of buing, new or second hand. But I can find only junior level on the market.
So, do I understand this correctly?
The conclusion of the members of this forum is that there is no practical way to create a rectangular-to-round transition using the VSS feature, it has to be done using the swept blend feature.
I ask because I have repeatedly got the impression that the VSS is the Bees Knees, and that all those other, old-fashioned blends and things could really be dropped. I have never been able to convince myself that this is the case. I may, of course, have been getting hold of the wrong end of the stick all this time.
It would be great if someone would come up with a clever wheeze to disprove my hypothesis above.
It has always seemed to me that the Variable Section Sweep is a very useful tool, but that one thing it doesn't do well is produce models with a variable section...
There, that's put the cat among the pigeons!
You've been listening to Frank, haven't you John
The VSS is now just a button in the sweep command. In the other thread, we learned some very important awareness' about using the applied sections. once you know the rules, it is probably more powerful that one would think at 1st glance.
Yet, the blendtoo has some very capable options that really make a feature such as this quite appropriate. Not something you want to detail for machining, but if your model creates the tools, you can get some really nice blends between surfaces. Normal and tangent transitions makes the blend command easier to deal with than the VSS part of the sweep since it requires less data to manage.
Even some of the older "hidden" commands now considered "obsolete" or "less supported"... or whatever you want to label it, can be very powerful and useful when the job calls for it.
Awareness of what all the commands are capable of will let you know what tool will do the job best.
From what I've seen, the VSS will fail when a radius approaches infinity. I think a combination of VSS and swept blend would be the most powerful tool. To be able to use trajectories to move vertex's, and use blend vertex's, and even flatten a radius to a straight line would be awesome.
These things can be done with boundary blends in SOME cases, but not as easily since you need to make sure all 4 sides of your surface are defined.
As Antonius mentioned about a previous thread where you can get almost a C2 continuous surface, VSS's are extremely powerful tools, if a bit finicky, but if used correctly, can create some amazing shapes.
There are usually sever ways to do anything in Pro/E, but each, because of the math behind it, will give slightly different results. It's up t the Designer to choose which tool gives the desired geometry.