SOLIDWORKS Sketch

How to Automatically Add SOLIDWORKS Tangent Relations from Lines to Arcs & Circles

Attaching a line to an arc or circle can be automatically snapped with a SOLIDWORKS tangent relation if you hover over the tangent location for a bit. Starting the line from an arc or circle may not add the tangent relation automatically.  However you can hover over…

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SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension

Sometimes you need to add a SOLIDWORKS Arc Length Dimension.  This can be done in both Sketch and Drawing environments.  The Smart Dimension tool, with the correct selections, is used to create a SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension. Arc Dimension in a Sketch Within the Sketch environment, the…

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Bring simplicity to your SOLIDWORKS Sketch through advanced use of basic features

When we start out with a model we usually have every intention of keeping the SOLIDWORKS Sketch clean, simple and easily understood. With continually compressed timelines, even the most basic sketches can turn into a mess…very, very quickly. Consider the case of a simple sketch involving…

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Why is my SOLIDWORKS Sketch Pattern Under Defined?

In general, it’s good practice to create a Feature Pattern rather than creating all of the geometry in a single sketch with a Sketch Pattern.  Sketch Patterns are usually slower to rebuild than Feature Patterns and you also have less options available. However if you…

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SOLIDWORKS Dynamic MIRROR | ЯOЯЯIM

Dynamic Mirror Sketch

See what I did there? I used Character Map to get a backwards R, then used symmetric letters to make the word MIRROR appear to be mirrored! What a complex process for such a simple trick. Thankfully, in SOLIDWORKS, the process can be delightfully simple….

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Reverse Sketch Offsets SOLIDWORKS 2016

In previous SOLIDWORKS releases it was impossible to change the direction after using the Offset Sketch Entities tool. If you made a mistake in the offset direction you had to delete and redo the command. In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you can reverse the direction of an offset…

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Copy Sketch and Maintain the Sketch Relations

SOLIDWORKS has had, and continues to have all kinds of functionality embedded in the most basic of windows commands – Take the “Copy” command for example.  In this example we will use simple Copy & Paste Functionality to make an exact copy of the sketch…

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My SOLIDWORKS Detail View Circle is stuck?!

We all have moments where we’re in a bit of a rush and accidentally end up with some unintended consequences. We see this particular issue quite a bit when it comes to drawings and the placement of Detail View Circles upon your primary or “Parent”…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Dimensioning Pre-Selected Entities [TUTORIAL]

This is the third article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced by the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. I always tell my students that the most productive way to use SOLIDWORKS is to…

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