ONSHAPE: Revolve

The "revolve" command in computer-aided design (CAD) software is a powerful tool that allows users to create three-dimensional objects by rotating a profile around an axis. It is commonly used to generate symmetrical or rotational components such as cylinders, cones, and spheres.

To execute the revolve command, the user typically selects a 2D shape, often referred to as a profile or cross-section, and defines an axis of rotation. The profile can be a closed shape, such as a circle or a closed polyline, or an open shape like a line or an arc. The axis of rotation can be defined by specifying a straight line or by selecting an existing sketch line or edge.

Once the profile and axis are defined, the revolve command rotates the profile around the axis, creating a solid object. The rotation can be a full 360 degrees or a partial rotation, depending on the user's specifications. The resulting geometry is typically a solid or surface model, depending on the software and the specific settings chosen.

The revolve command offers various options to control the outcome of the operation. These options may include specifying the angle of rotation, determining whether the result is a solid or surface, defining the resolution or smoothness of the generated geometry, and choosing how the profile aligns with the axis.

Overall, the revolve command is a versatile feature in CAD software that enables users to create complex 3D shapes by revolving 2D profiles around an axis, expanding their ability to model and design a wide range of objects.

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