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How to use SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude without Pre-drawing a Sketch

Using the SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude feature, we can extrude the boundary edges of a face of a solid body or edges of a surface body in a customized direction. When we run the Extruded Surface command, two things can happen: Either a sketch is active or preselected or no sketches exists. In case no sketches exists or is selected, a message in yellow color shows in the property manager window on the left. The message is guiding us to select a sketch or a planar face to start drawing a sketch for extrusion purpose. In addition, the message guides us to extrude from a 3D face or use “Alt + planar face” to extrude. In the following picture, three different SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude features are demonstrated using the above method: A planar face of a rectangular cube is extruded. Also, a planar surface body is used to extrude its boundary…

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