SOLIDWORKS Sketch

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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Managing the Automatic Sketch Relations options

Occasionally while sketching in SolidWorks you may not wish your sketch entities to automatically snap to existing geometry.  This can be troublesome when sketching in a large assembly as there may be lots of other geometry nearby that the SolidWorks sketcher is eager to snap…

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3D Sketching Techniques – Insert points and Connect the Dots

This method assumes that you have a list of points that you wish to sketch to.  Start a 3D sketch as usual.  Using the “point” tool on the sketch toolbar, drop in the needed number of points.  Click on each point in turn in the…

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3D Sketching Techniques – Create a Curve From a Text File or Table of Values

Use the command: Insert -> Curve, Curve through XYZ points.  Either enter the values into the table manually or open a text file that you have created earlier.  Once all of the coordinates are entered into the dialog, Click OK to insert the curve.  The…

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