SOLIDWORKS Sketch

Colour SOLIDWORKS Sketches to communicate ideas and design concepts

Sketch colour applied

SOLIDWORKS provides the ability to colour sketches in your design and this can be useful when you want to prove out your concepts, communicate ideas to other team members, or produce layout sketches. Typically sketches are grey in colour when they are not being edited,…

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Adjusting a Sketch without having to use Edit Sketch

Instant3D drag sketch dimension

Dragging Instant3D manipulators in the SOLIDWORKS graphics area is a quick and easy means of adjusting features, but it is also applicable to sketches. Rather than editing a sketch you can simply select the feature or sketch that you want to adjust and the underlying…

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How to dimension a spline in SOLIDWORKS

What if in SOLIDWORKS you need to model a wire, tube, or other path that has a predetermined length but you’re not sure exactly what shape it will take?  A spline might be the way to go, in preparation for a sweep, but did you…

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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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