We are all familiar with creating multiple configurations of the same part for parts that vary in sizes and dimensions – but what about opposite hand/mirror parts in SOLIDWORKS?
In SOLIDWORKS, we can create opposite-hand parts derived from the original models without having to recreate the geometry or use the mirror pattern tool.
In this example we have a simple model of a fiddle:
The side panels or the “Ribs” on this fiddle are symmetric on both sides of the models and must be formed the same way on either side. For the BOM it also needs separate part numbers for the opposite-hand side, so let’s create a derived part from one side for the other.
From the subassembly we are going to show how we created the rib components, focusing on the lower ribs.
To mirror parts in SOLIDWORKS, we use the tool “Mirror Part” that creates a mirrored derived part.
- In an open part or document, click a model face or plane to use as the reference to mirror the part.
Click Insert > Mirror Part. (Tip: Use the S-Key and search function to find the command)
A new part window appears. The Insert Part PropertyManager will appear.
Under Transfer, select any combination of items from the source part to be included in the opposite-hand version. You can include items such as custom properties, cut-list properties, sketches, and model dimensions.
- Optionally, if you want to independently edit the features of the mirrored part without affecting the original part, under Link, click Break link to original part.
You can also break the link to the original part later by listing the mirrored part’s external references and selecting Break All.
Note: Once you break the link to the original, you cannot restore it.
- Click OK.
The mirrored part will appear. Now you have the ability to easily create a mirror part in SOLIDWORKS for your next project.
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