SolidWorks Tutorials and Videos

Explaining Splines

by Jeremy Singley, Jeremy Singley Industrial Design

Presented at SolidWorks World 2011.

Jeremy provides an outstanding discussion on how splines can make for better engineering. Fan blades, Venturi tubes, hoppers, optics, sheet metal, streamlining, ergonomics, springs, load-bearing spans, wire paths, cams, and aerodynamics. All the spline tools are demonstrated, with tips on the trickier ones.

This is best watched as a video, as the slides mostly provide the background for his discussions.

Download the accompanying slides: Explaining Splines


  1. ytzhack ytzhack
    December 12, 2011    

    can not watch this video

    • December 12, 2011    


      I just tried, and I was able to watch the video. When you click on the link on this page, does a photo of Jeremy appear with a blue link “Watch Video” below it? If it does, and you clicked on it, does the video player load? If it does, then you probably just need to be patient. The video player SolidWorks used can sometimes load quite slow.

  2. December 21, 2011    

    Hi Charles, the photo and the blue writing come up but after clicking watch video nothing happens.

    • December 22, 2011    


      It still works for me. Which browser and version number are you using?

  3. December 22, 2011    

    Version 9 of IE

  4. moonmix moonmix
    December 31, 2011    

    I want to learn Solidworks.
    I think this program is very useful.
    I will study do hard. Nice to meet you.
    HAVE good time~~~

  5. moonmix moonmix
    December 31, 2011    

    I want learn solid works

  6. ruli ruli
    February 25, 2012    

    nice tuts, but a little question for a spline is how I can dimension a spline on a drawing mode?

    • February 25, 2012    

      If you require precise dimensions, say for machining without providing a CAD model, and just a paper drawing, then splines will not work.

      When I need to make envelope dimensions, I put an extra sketch point on the drawing, and make it coincident with the edge. Then I can dimension to that point.

  7. chris chris
    January 27, 2013    

    I tried but can’t watch the video
    Click on “watch video” and wait and wait and see nothing

    • Charles Charles
      January 28, 2013    


      Sometimes during SolidWorks World the videos online are not available as they switch over to the new current year. I just checked now (Jan 28th), and it worked for me. It is also slow for some people, so maybe you just need to be more patient.

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