Are you still using the Extrude Cut feature to create holes in your designs? If so, you might be missing out on a highly efficient tool, SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard. This powerful tool allows you to quickly and easily create a wide variety of holes in your designs, whether you’re working on a simple part or a complex assembly. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the capabilities of Hole Wizard and how it can help you streamline your design process.
Power in Automation!
One of the most powerful features of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard is its ability to automatically and easily create standard holes. This includes everything from simple round holes to more complex holes like counterbores and countersinks. You can also create custom holes, such as those with a specific diameter or thread size. To do this, simply choose the “Legacy Hole” hole type in the Hole Wizard. A drop-down menu will appear, allowing you to select the hole type of your choice. Then, a figure will appear with the hole’s cross-section and a menu panel where you can input the desired dimensions of your hole. Additionally, you can also specify the tolerances required for your holes. And you can even add these holes to your favorites for quick reuse in future designs.
Control and Precision are Guaranteed!
Another great feature of Hole Wizard is its ease of positioning holes. The center of the holes is positioned through a 3D Sketch, allowing you to use familiar sketching tools such as construction lines, dimensions, and relations to perfectly position your holes. This can save you a lot of time and hassle. Furthermore, all the holes are created within the same feature, so you can easily edit the size, shape, and position of all your holes after they have been made.
This can be especially useful when working on complex designs, as you can make changes to your holes without having to edit them one by one. In addition to creating holes, the Hole Wizard also allows you to create slots for your gears and shafts. The types and dimensions of the slots follow the same characteristics as the hole features.
Consistency on All Fronts!
Finally, when you dimension these holes or slots created in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings, you can employ hole callouts. These will be added automatically with their standard notation, preventing you from the hassle of having to add them manually.
Overall, SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard is a powerful tool that can streamline your design process and save you a lot of time and effort. Whether you’re working on a simple part or a complex assembly. So next time you’re working in SOLIDWORKS, be sure to give the Hole Wizard a try.
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