Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – Convert View to Sketch

I have to confess, this is one of the new enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 that, at the first sight, I considered less important than the others. Why would I ever need to convert a drawing view to a sketch???

Well… guess what! The other day a customer of mine called asking if there is any way in SolidWorks to mirror a drawing view. He wanted to avoid having to create the model for the opposite hand part, since the only thing needed on his detail drawing was an extra ISO view, as a visual indication that the main part was to be produced in pairs.

His request got me thinking about a new functionality introduced by SolidWorks 2013…

Watch this video to see the solution I proposed:


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  1. Gabo says

    Hey, I had another possible use for this enhancement: We sometimes make drawings of very large assemblies to show the location of sub-assemblies. It’s not very important that the drawing be parametric because it is a drawing that is made only once or twice and almost never revised for a build. What is important is that this drawing be made quickly, and be saved to our PDM and released to production quickly. I’ve found large parametric drawing views to be sloooow. Would converting the drawing view to a block increase speed dramatically?

  2. says

    Thanks for your comment. You are correct, if you do not need parametric drawing views, go ahead and convert the views to blocks.

    The resulted drawings will be light and extremely fast.

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