Creates 3D solids by thickening (i.e. adding thickness to) surfaces, their faces, faces of 3D solids, regions and wire entities.
The following wire entities are accepted: lines, polylines, circles, ellipses, arcs, helices, splines.
Accessing the Command
command bar: dmthicken
menu bar: Model | Direct Modeling | Thicken
toolbar: Direct Modeling | Thicken
- Modeling Workspace
- Solid | Direct Modeling | Thicken
- Surface | Direct Modeling | Thicken
- Mechanical Workspace
- Home | Model | Thicken
- Solid | Create | Thicken
Quad cursor menu: Model | Thicken
Prompts you in the command bar:
Select entities/subentities to thicken: (Select a face of a solid, a surface or a wire entity.)
Entities in set: 1
Select entities/subentities to thicken: (Select more solid faces or surfaces or press Enter.)
S pecify thickness value: (Specify a point or type a value.)
The thickening direction is perpendicular at every point to the selected entity or entities. If you thicken a multi-face surface of several adjacent faces of one 3D solid/surface, then the corresponding faces remain adjacent on the opposite side of the new 3D solid(s). This differs the DmThicken command from DmExtrude.
From left to right: extruded faces of a prism - thickened faces of a prism - thickened face of a cylinder - thickened fillets.
When a wire entity is selected, a circle with the radius of the specified thickness value is swept along the wire:
No command options.
DmExtrude - creates 3D solids or 3D surfaces by extruding closed 2D entities, faces of 3D solids, regions or closed boundaries. Optionally adds volume to solids or removes volume from solids.
Sweep - creates 3D solids or 3D surfaces by sweeping profiles (open or closed 2D entities or 3D subentities) along an open or closed path.