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The wrap feature in SolidWorks is great if you are trying to project a sketch without any distortion around a surface and cut or add material to that part. It supports any face which is planar, cylindrical, conical, extruded, or revolved.


To begin you need a sketch plane that is either tangent or parallel to the face you want to wrap onto, as shown in the example below.


A useful tip if you are trying to wrap a sketch all the way round a face and join at the other side is to have a construction line in the sketch that is the same length as the circumference of the face. The easiest way to work this out is by using equations; hit the equal key to start an equation and type in the diameter value (or select it from a dimension in a previous sketch) and multiply it by pi (π). You can then sketch within the length of this line and the wrap will fit perfectly around the face.




Now that you have a sketch in the right position you can select the wrap tool from the features tab in the command manager, or through insert > feature > wrap. There are three options to choose from when wrapping; emboss (which adds material), deboss (which removes material), and scribe which splits the face along the sketch line. The scribe option is useful if you want a difference in appearance, on a logo or text for example, as there are separate faces to apply appearances to. It can also be useful for creating guide curves for other features to use, such as lofts and sweeps.


The image below shows the difference between the emboss, deboss, and scribe functions on the example part.


Other examples where the wrap feature has been used can be found below.


If you are trying to emboss or deboss on a complex curved surface which the wrap feature doesn’t support take a look at our blog article on ‘cutting a sketch into a curved surface’ here.

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