How Do You Do a Projected Curve in SolidWorks?

Are you working on a project in SolidWorks and need to create a projected curve? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating a projected curve in SolidWorks.

What is a Projected Curve?

A projected curve is a feature in SolidWorks that allows you to project an existing curve onto a selected surface or plane. This can be useful when you need to create complex geometry or when you want to duplicate an existing curve onto another surface.

Step 1: Select the Curve

The first step in creating a projected curve is to select the curve that you want to project. This can be any type of sketch entity such as a line, arc, or spline. Make sure that the sketch is fully defined and ready for projection.

Step 2: Activate the Projected Curve Feature

To activate the projected curve feature, go to the “Features” tab in the SolidWorks menu and select “Curve” from the dropdown menu. Then click on “Projected Curve”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut by pressing “P” followed by “C”.

Step 3: Select the Surface or Plane

After activating the projected curve feature, SolidWorks will prompt you to select the surface or plane onto which you want to project your curve. Simply click on the desired surface or plane in your 3D model.


If you don’t have an existing surface or plane available for projection, you can create one using features like extrude, revolve, loft, or boundary surfaces.

Step 4: Define Projection Options

Once you have selected the surface or plane, SolidWorks will display the projection options dialog box. Here you can define how the curve will be projected onto the surface.

  • Direction: Choose whether you want to project the curve along a normal direction or along a specified vector.
  • Projection Type: Select from options like “Point,” “Tangent,” or “Curvature” depending on how you want the curve to be projected.
  • Options: Additional options such as merging entities and reversing direction can be set here.

Step 5: Confirm and Create

After defining the projection options, click on “OK” to create the projected curve. SolidWorks will generate the projected curve based on your selections and display it in your model.


Congratulations! You have successfully created a projected curve in SolidWorks.

This feature can be extremely useful when working with complex geometry or when duplicating existing curves onto different surfaces. Experiment with different projection options to achieve your desired results and enhance your 3D modeling capabilities in SolidWorks.

If you found this tutorial helpful, make sure to check out our other SolidWorks tutorials for more tips and tricks!