SOLIDWORKS Feature Order

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 7, 2013

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In the SolidWorks Essential course we provide students with techniques for creating efficient models. One of the many techniques I teach my students is the proper order in which to create features

Create boss extrudes before creating cut extrudes:

  • A boss extrude may back fill cut extrude requiring an additional cut-extrude.

 

Create feature fillets last:

  • Feature fillets can quickly consume system resources leading to poor performance.
  • Feature fillets can impede the creation of other features as they may remove edges that create required to create or dimension new geometry.
  • Additional fillets, of the same size, may be required later in design. If fillets are created last, it is easier to group fillets. All fillets of the same size can be grouped into a single feature, thereby making it easier to edit these fillets

Many more techniques can be learned at a SolidWorks Essentials course near you.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.