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Start a SOLIDWORKS Sketch and activate the Line Tool with a Single Key

There are many ways to start a SOLIDWORKS sketch.  After starting a sketch, good chance you go straight to the line tool.  Why not do both in a single keyboard key with the SOLIDWORKS Line Tool Shortcut. When you select a face or a plane, press “L” (not capital).  This will immediately launch into a sketch and begin with the line tool.  Quick, simple, and can save you a bunch of time over the course of a day by not having to click on the Sketch and Line tool icons.

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Sketching Lines using Ctrl and Shift

Okay, sketching lines may not seem like a particularly advanced trick, but there are a few subtle things you can do while sketching a line that can change the behaviour. You are probably already aware that you can create a single line using the click & drag method or multiple lines using the click-click method. Both are described in this blog article if you are not already familiar with it. Something that is less well known is that if you are sketching something, you can use the Ctrl or Shift keys to change how SOLIDWORKS handles this. For instance, this is a screenshot of me drawing a regular line: Nothing particularly special about that method. You will notice that it displays the length and angle of the line, as well as a yellow Horizontal sketch relation, indicating that if I place the other end of my line here, it will…

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How to Show Part Colour in a SolidWorks Drawing HLR/HLV View

In a SolidWorks assembly, it is possible and quite helpful to have different parts shown in different colours (or colors if you prefer). It can help to symbolically distinguish between different parts in an assembly, it can be used to display the final colour after a painting operation, or can be applied using a company’s standards to indicate whether a part is purchased, or made in-house. Here is an example of colours used in an assembly: This is alright in the assembly, but when you create a drawing of the assembly, the Hidden Lines Visible (HLV) and Hidden Lines Removed (HLR) display modes remove this colour, showing all the lines in black as you would expect on a typical engineering drawing. You can modify the colour for the entire assembly in your System Options (Go to Tools > Options, then under the System Options tab, select Colors from the list…

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SOLIDWORKS Replace Sketch Entity [VIDEO]

Doesn’t matter if you are The Company Owner, a Manager, a SolidWorks Expert or just a SolidWorks Beginner, you will be extremely happy taking advantage of the most important enhancement introduced to SolidWorks this year: the ability to replace sketch entities. As the owner, CEO or manager you will notice how much faster your design team will be able to change their design intent during all phases of the design process. What before would take them hours can be done now in seconds. Moreover, the number of errors in your drawings and, ultimately, in your products will decrease by an order of magnitude! If you are a SolidWorks Power User, a large portion of your work time was most likely dedicated troubleshooting and fixing your colleagues models after they…

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