SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Tutorial: Best Practices for Defining Features [VIDEO]

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated March 31, 2014


This video explores the different outcomes between selecting a sketch object, a sketch, one or more edges, or even a face when defining features in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual.

Looks like old best practices hold true for SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual:

Always select the BIGGEST ENTITY you have available!!!


  • Use the whole Sketch instead of using Sketch Objects
  • Use a Face instead of selecting Edges

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.