SOLIDWORKS Selection

The Invert Selection Tool – Use IT! [VIDEO]

Many of the tools we find in SolidWorks are often overlooked by most designers in favor of “going with what they know”. Most of the time this leads down the road of outdated tools and practices while modeling. One set of overlooked tools is the selection tool-set within SolidWorks. There are a number of gains that can be made with the ability to quickly select everything – deselect the items you actually want and then invert the selection entirely. Take a look at the following video and see where you too can save time while designing.

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Selection Filter

SOLIDWORKS Selection Filter Toolbar

Have you ever been working in SOLIDWORKS when suddenly you are no longer able to select items in the graphics area, your cursor now showing what looks like a small blue funnel next to it?  If so you’ve accidentally turned on the SOLIDWORKS Selection Filter. The Selection…

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Select like a Pro with Power and Advanced Select

You may have noticed the Select tool in the menu toolbar is always highlighted.  But have you seen the drop-down menu beside the button?  This provides some quick selection filters and custom selection options.

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3DVIA Composer Assembly Selection Methods

In Composer we have the ability to select either subassemblies or the parts within them when performing a function such as a translate.  The difference is subtle but important.  If we select a subassembly using the Assembly Selection methods, the translate (or other operation) is performed…

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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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