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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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SOLIDWORKS 2016 New “Equal Curve Length” Sketch Relation [TUTORIAL]

This is the second article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced in the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. For the first time in 10 years, SOLIDWORKS added a new relation to the sketch environment…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Instant2D for changing Sketch Dimensions

SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduces Instant2D to dynamically manipulate sketch dimensions in sketch mode. You can click a dimension and quickly change its value by dragging without the need to click Rebuild to reset the geometry. With SOLIDWORKS 2016 Instant2D you can now: View the dimension handles or Instant2D Rulers…

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Suppressing SOLIDWORKS Sketch Relations

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS user! A neat trick that not many users are aware of is the ability to suppress a sketch relation. While this may not seem like the type of thing that needs to be done very often, it’s very useful when it is…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Convert Entities Tool can now Capture Internal Loops Automatically

When designing in the context of an assembly or within a single part reusing geometry from existing features is a common requirement to keep associativity and make your designs more intelligent. This intelligence capability is greatly enhancements with the sketch “Convert Entities” tool now supporting…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Offset Entities Enhancements

New for the SOLIDWORKS 2016 Offset Entities sketch tool is the ability to create cap ends while offsetting open loop entities in 2D sketches. The cap end type can either be an arc or a line. Capping entities while offsetting is not new but previously you could only apply cap…

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Start sketching in SOLIDWORKS by selecting an edge

This is one of those interesting sketching in SOLIDWORKS tricks that can be very useful and you may not be aware of. In a SOLIDWORKS Part simply select any Edge of any Solid Body and click Insert > Sketch. A sketch plane is created automatically, normal to…

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