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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim Entities with Construction Geometry

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated September 20, 2018

The Trim tool in SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces two new options that will be very useful.  It relates to how construction geometry in sketches interact when trimming.  Most of the time you want to keep construction geometry so your sketch remains easier to constrain.  These construction lines can get in the way especially using the Power Trim option.

  • Keep trimmed entities as construction geometry
  • Ignore trimming of construction geometry
SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim Options

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim Options

Let’s take a look at how these options work using the following sketch (all sketch relations hidden for clarity).  We have some construction lines and overlapping sketch entities.  All of the red arrows represent sketch entities that need to be trimmed away.

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Entities to Remove

red arrows point to SOLIDWORKS Sketch Entities to Remove

Keep trimmed entities as construction geometry

Here is what happens when we use Power trim with ‘Keep trimmed entities to construction geometryDISABLED like it behaved in previous versions.  Notice the corner geometry is gone and therefore we lost the dimensions.  The original construction lines also got trimmed back to the arc.  The sketch is now underdefined.

SOLIDWORKS Trim Construction Geometry

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim – ‘Keep trimmed entities to construction geometry’ DISABLED

If we ENABLE the option to ‘Keep trimmed entities to construction geometry‘, dragging across the lines will trim it into separate entities but leave the remnants as construction so it maintains the references.  The sketch remains fully defined as the dimensions remain attached to the construction lines.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim - 'Keep trimmed entities to construction geometry' ENABLED

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim – ‘Keep trimmed entities to construction geometry’ ENABLED

Ignore trimming of construction geometry

The second option Ignore trimming of construction geometry‘ is very useful when you want to trim several entities but some construction geometry lies in the way.  Here’s what would happen if you kept it DISABLED, like previous versions.  The inside arc and line need to be trimmed.  If you attempt this in one pass you’d have to cross some construction lines.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim - 'Ignore trimming of construction geometry' DISABLED

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim – ‘Ignore trimming of construction geometry’ DISABLED

But now you can ENABLE Ignore trimming of construction geometry‘ so construction geometry is no longer a barrier.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim - 'Ignore trimming of construction geometry' ENABLED

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim – ‘Ignore trimming of construction geometry’ ENABLED

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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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