How to Insert a Virtual Sharp in a SOLIDWORKS Sketch or Drawing

Article by Matt Campbell, CSWE updated November 28, 2011


While teaching a SOLIDWORKS Essentials training course, a customer attending the class asked for the best practice on how to add a virtual intersection point to a part so that you can dimension to the point. His method was to insert a sketch point using the Point command and then add coincident relationships to it to both sketch lines in order to find the virtual sharp point. While this certainly works, there’s a more efficient way using SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharps.

Sketch intersection point

Sketch intersection point

Inserting SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharps

I explained that this could be done with only three clicks of the mouse.

  1. Left-click on one line with your mouse and hold the CTRL key.
  2. Left-click the second line.
  3. Left-click on the Point tool from the Sketch commands
SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp Picks

SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp Picks

This saves time because you do not have to add the relationships. SOLIDWORKS will add them automatically. It is always great when best practice is the fastest way!

SOLIDWORKS virtual sharps

SOLIDWORKS virtual sharp result

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Matt Campbell, CSWE