SOLIDWORKS 3D Sketch

Routing: How the “Flip Relation” Option Can Speed Up Routing Sketch Edits

Occasionally when modifying a routing sketch (or other 3D sketch) you may run into a scenario where a spline tangent needs to be flipped or reversed.  See the image below. Well, thankfully there is a way to quickly flip it. 

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3D Sketching Techniques – Insert points and Connect the Dots

This method assumes that you have a list of points that you wish to sketch to.  Start a 3D sketch as usual.  Using the “point” tool on the sketch toolbar, drop in the needed number of points.  Click on each point in turn in the…

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3D Sketching Techniques – Create a Curve From a Text File or Table of Values

Use the command: Insert -> Curve, Curve through XYZ points.  Either enter the values into the table manually or open a text file that you have created earlier.  Once all of the coordinates are entered into the dialog, Click OK to insert the curve.  The…

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3D Sketching Techniques – Multiple Viewports

Although a 3D sketch in SolidWorks does allow us to draw in 3D, we are more or less limited to sketching in 2D planar directions (XY, YZ, ZX) at any one time.  Here’s what I mean: If you have attempted to sketch in 3D in…

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3D Sketching a Helix for a Pipe Route for SOLIDWORKS Routing

When using SOLIDWORKS Routing, a simple way to have a coil of tubing for strain relief or packaging reasons, is to create the helix outside of the 3D Route sketch and then use convert entities to copy the helix into the Route sketch. The basic steps…

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Let’s get picky and use the Selection Manager

Dan Johnson asks this question in the SolidWorks Forum: I am trying to create a handle that is part of a scanner body and I made my curves using a 3D sketch. When I try and make either a loft or boundary surface, I try to grab just one curve in my 3DSketch, but it wants to grab the entire 3DSketch. How do I select just 1 curve for my profile? I tried the right mouse click, selection filter, but it grabs the entire 3d sketch too. Can anyone help?

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