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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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3D Sketching Techniques – Multiple Viewports

Although a 3D sketch in SolidWorks does allow us to draw in 3D, we are more or less limited to sketching in 2D planar directions (XY, YZ, ZX) at any one time.  Here’s what I mean: If you have attempted to sketch in 3D in…

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3D Sketching a Helix for a Pipe Route for SOLIDWORKS Routing

When using SOLIDWORKS Routing, a simple way to have a coil of tubing for strain relief or packaging reasons, is to create the helix outside of the 3D Route sketch and then use convert entities to copy the helix into the Route sketch. The basic steps…

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How to Dynamically Avoid Adding Automated Tangent Relations in SolidWorks Sketches

I have always loved simple tips and tricks. You know… those shortcuts that save time and always make you look like a magician when you show them to any audience? For example I remember the time when I was a student in Rob’s Essentials class and…

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