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SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated April 15, 2017

Sometimes you need to add a SOLIDWORKS Arc Length Dimension.  This can be done in both Sketch and Drawing environments.  The Smart Dimension tool, with the correct selections, is used to create a SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension.

Arc Dimension in a Sketch

Within the Sketch environment, the order of selections doesn’t actually matter.  As long as you select the arc and the two end points, the smart dimension tool will create the Arc Length Dimension.  It doesn’t matter if you select the two points first and then the arc, or the arc first and then the two points, or even one end point and the arc and the last end point.

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension - Sketch Environment

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension – Sketch Environment

Arc Dimension in a Drawing

However in the Drawing environment you’ll notice the order of selections is actually important.  You’ll need to select the two endpoints first and then select the arc.

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension - Drawing Environment

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension – Drawing Environment

Adjusting the Leaders

The Leader Style can also be adjusted.  Typically the leaders will be parallel to each other (due to “Automatically choose arc length leaders”).  This can be changed to radial leaders within the PropertyManager Leaders tab.

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension Leader Style

SOLIDWORKS Arc Length Dimension Leader Style

SOLIDWORKS Arc Length Dimension Leader Style Options

SOLIDWORKS Arc Length Dimension Leader Style Options

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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