SOLIDWORKS Sketch

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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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Center Lines Sketch Rectangle Tool [VIDEO]

The Center Lines Sketch Rectangle Tool enhancement is one of those changes that is far more profound than one may first think. Given the number of times that one has to adjust a sketch involving a centered rectangular profile, the ability to swap the diagonal center lines…

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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Tutorial: Best Practices for Defining Features [VIDEO]

This video explores the different outcomes between selecting a sketch object, a sketch, one or more edges, or even a face when defining features in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. Looks like old best practices hold true for SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual: Always select the BIGGEST ENTITY you…

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SOLIDWORKS Sketch Relations Summary

The SOLIDWORKS Online Help provides a summary of all of the SOLIDWORKS sketch relations available. There is something missing from this table, it should show the icons associated with each relation.  These are the symbols you see when you select the entities described under entities…

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When is a Fully Defined Sketch not Fully Defined? [VIDEO]

We all like Fully-Defined sketches. There’s no room for ambiguity. The sketch and resulting features are more stable. Rebuild times are improved. SolidWorks likes fully-defined sketches as well. And, when you’re editing a sketch, SolidWorks is kind enough to tell you when your sketch is fully defined. However, sometimes it will tell you the sketch is fully defined when it’s “fully defined enough,” meaning there may be under defined bits in it. I am, of course, referring to the endpoints of construction lines. However, I’ve recently learned that there are other instances when a “fully defined” sketch is not so.

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SOLIDWORKS Replace Sketch Entity [VIDEO]

Doesn’t matter if you are The Company Owner, a Manager, a SolidWorks Expert or just a SolidWorks Beginner, you will be extremely happy taking advantage of the most important enhancement introduced to SolidWorks this year: the ability to replace sketch entities. As the owner, CEO or manager you will notice how much faster your design team will be able to change their design intent during all phases of the design process. What before would take them hours can be done now in seconds. Moreover, the number of errors in your drawings and, ultimately, in your products will decrease by an order of magnitude! If you are a SolidWorks Power User, a large portion of your work time was most likely dedicated troubleshooting and fixing your colleagues models after they…

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