SOLIDWORKS Sketch

How to Reverse an Offset Dimension [VIDEO]

Reversing sketch dimensions is one of the best time saving enhancements introduced by Solidworks 2009. It applies to 99% of the driven dimensions at the sketch level. At this time (SolidWorks 2012) the only type of sketch dimension which cannot be easily reversed is the…

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SOLIDWORKS Convert View to Sketch

I have to confess, this is one of the new enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 that, at the first sight, I considered less important than the others. Why would I ever need to convert a drawing view to a sketch??? Well… guess what! The other day a customer of mine called asking if there is any way in SolidWorks to mirror a drawing view. He wanted to avoid having to create the model for the opposite hand part, since the only thing needed on his detail drawing was an extra ISO view, as a visual indication that the main part was to be produced in pairs. His request got me thinking about a new functionality introduced by SolidWorks 2013… Watch this video to see the solution I…

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Accessing Extrudes from Sketch Short-cut

I came across this tip at the 2012 SolidWorks World (exchanging tips and information is one of the many reasons to attend SolidWorks World). I wish I could remember the name of the person who gave me this tip so I could give him credit for the…

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Using the Wrap Feature to Create a Barrel Cam

Let’s model together a barrel cam. Watch this video first:

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SOLIDWORKS Loft Bend Problems and Solutions

If I were to compare the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal module with an Opera Company and you (the SOLIDWORKS user) with the director, then the Loft Bend would be a wanna-be diva; a spectacular feature with lots of potential but also very temperamental. The Loft Bend is unique among all the Sheet Metal features and, because of that, thinks very highly of herself. Her contract has to be “just so” in order to even consider appearing on the scene. For example: She will sing in 2 acts only (2 sketch planes), no more no less. She will wear only 2 dresses with hip high side slits (2 open sketches) She will create a scandal if, after her first performance, critical reviews are less than stellar. Most times, if you ask her to change…

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How to Split and Join SOLIDWORKS Sketch Entities (Lines, Arcs, Splines) [VIDEO]

Join SOLIDWORKS sketch entities

Today I will show you a little SOLIDWORKS magic, a thing of beauty. Did you know that you can split and join SOLIDWORKS Sketch Entities such as arcs, lines and splines? Allow me to demonstrate in this short video:

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How to prepare pictures of real parts or hand drawn sketches as input for SOLIDWORKS 3D models

Remote Control Sketched Elevations

As SOLIDWORKS users, sometimes we have to convert hand drawn sketch into SOLIDWORKS model provided by a creative professional, such as an industrial designer. Quickly adjusting the images in Adobe Photoshop can provide more accurate results when the images are used as modelling aids in…

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How to Insert a Virtual Sharp in a SOLIDWORKS Sketch or Drawing

SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp Picks

While teaching a SOLIDWORKS Essentials training course, a customer attending the class asked for the best practice on how to add a virtual intersection point to a part so that you can dimension to the point. His method was to insert a sketch point using…

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