SOLIDWORKS Sketch

Select the outside of an Arc rather than the center when adding a dimension in SOLIDWORKS

When adding arc dimensions, you should always select the actual arc rather then the centre point. Doing so will give you more options for the dimension. As you can see in the image below, under the leaders tab after selecting a dimension, we can select…

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Snaps Toolbar

Imagine you have a very crowded sketch in your part. Let’s say you want to pick an end point but the midpoints of lines, centerline or even the center point of a circle becomes selected. As shown in following image, all of the “Sketch Snaps”…

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Show a SOLIDWORKS Sketch in a Specific Drawing View while Hidden in all other Views

Let’s assume we have a sketch drawn in a part file and we have not used it to create a feature. By default in SOLIDWORKS, this sketch will remain shown unless we hide them in the part level. Usually, designers hide those kinds of sketches…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Sketch Transformations

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal includes a Sketch Transformation folder in the Flat Pattern feature when a sketch is added to a face that is not the fixed face (i.e. a face that moves when the piece is flattened).  Within this folder is a derived sketch of…

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Is your SOLIDWORKS Sketch Dimension difficult to Delete or Modify?

To delete a SOLIDWORKS Sketch Dimension you typically select the dimension and hit Delete.  To edit the value of the dimension you would double-click on the value to open the Modify dialog. Are you having difficulties performing these steps?  See if you have the option…

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Arc Measurements in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimensions

In this post I’ll show you how to use the Smart Dimension Tool to add SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimensions. Arc Length Dimension To add an arc length dimension, you have to select both of the arc’s end points first. St this point the Smart Dimension tool…

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SOLIDWORKS No Solve Move vs Detach Segment on Drag [VIDEO]

I’ve occasionally run into the issue where a user sketches a closed shape, such as a rectangle, only to find that when they drag an edge of the rectangle that the rectangle falls apart The top line appears to detach itself from the rest of…

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Add Dimensions Automatically while Sketching in SOLIDWORKS

Sketch Line

Did you know SOLIDWORKS can add dimensions to your sketch automatically? Adding dimensions manually can be a tedious job if you have to do it many times a day. SOLIDWORKS Automatic Sketch Dimensions makes this process much faster. Instead of finishing drawing a sketch entity, then selecting…

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Hold on…the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool can Extend too?!

SOLIDWORKS Power Trim Extend

The SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool is amazing.  With a quick click and swipe you can trim a sketch line up to the next entity. There’s also the little red box to undo the last line you trimmed if you were a little trim-happy. Did you…

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