SOLIDWORKS Sketch

How to know when the mouse is acting up in SOLIDWORKS

Checkboxes ignoring your clicks?  Seeing strange behavior when trying to sketch something?  No, you’re not necessarily losing your mind (well, hopefully not today, at least).  And it’s likely not a Cylon computer virus trying to learn your system, either.  In fact, as we learn on…

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Using Silhouettes to create sketches in SOLIDWORKS 2020

Using the top-down approach to design parts within an assembly is very common in workflows. Using other parts to create sketches is quite common using the Convert Entities & Intersecting Curves tool. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, the Silhouette tool has been added. This tool allows part…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Torsion Continuity Relation (G3)

SOLIDWORKS 2020 adds an additional sketch relation to provide torsion continuity (G3) between splines and any other sketch entity in a 2D Sketch.  The torsion relation applies to splines and one of these sketch entities: Spline Arc Conic or elliptical arc Model edges that are…

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How to Add Missing Fonts to SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Missing Font

Do you ever get this SOLIDWORKS Missing Font warning when trying to open a part that came from someone else? “Use a temporary replacement font.” Basically this means you don’t have the font the other person used, which means SOLIDWORKS will pick a font of…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Sketch Ink in Your Workflow

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Ink

I’ve always used a tablet ever since I took my first graphics arts class back in high school.  I’ve found it to be an invaluable tool over the years, helping me with the creative process. When I found out that SOLIDWORKS has integrated tools that…

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SOLIDWORKS angle dimension between 3 points

What if we need an angle dimension in a sketch, but one of the entities is not a line (perhaps it is a spline or arc instead)?  The answer, we can take the angle between 3 endpoints! In this sketch on the right plane (which…

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How to speed up your 2D mirror in SOLIDWORKS sketches!

SOLIDWORKS Mirror sketch

If you’ve mirrored sketch entities in SOLIDWORKS, you are probably familiar with the Mirror command.  In that operation, you specify a centerline of symmetry, and which entities get mirrored.  That’s a fair bit of mousing back and forth between the graphics area and the Mirror…

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Add feature tree items to a SOLIDWORKS favorites folder for quick access!

SOLIDWORKS Favorites Folder

Want quick access to a feature, sketch or mate without having to scroll or search the SOLIDWORKS feature tree every time? Simply right-click the item from your feature tree and select Add to Favorites. Note: Ensure you have the option to show the favorites folder…

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Gotta pattern something in SOLIDWORKS? Reduce your effort with a Sketch Driven Pattern!

A SOLIDWORKS Sketch Driven Pattern is a great way to control instance locations, but did you know you can use the same sketch for both the instances AND the feature?  You can!  To demonstrate, we’re going to dive into the universe of one of my…

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