SOLIDWORKS Smart Dimensions

How to dimension a spline in SOLIDWORKS

What if in SOLIDWORKS you need to model a wire, tube, or other path that has a predetermined length but you’re not sure exactly what shape it will take?  A spline might be the way to go, in preparation for a sweep, but did you…

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Arc Measurements in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimensions

In this post I’ll show you how to use the Smart Dimension Tool to add SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimensions. Arc Length Dimension To add an arc length dimension, you have to select both of the arc’s end points first. St this point the Smart Dimension tool…

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SOLIDWORKS Projected vs True Dimensions [VIDEO]

Occasionally I get questions about the difference between SOLIDWORKS Projected vs True Dimensions. To demonstrate the difference, I’ve created a drawing of an awkward plate, which was modeled up at a 20° angle. I mostly did this to demonstrate the concept in an orthographic view…

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How to dimension faster in a SOLIDWORKS Sketch [VIDEO]

My SOLIDWORKS pick of the day is the enhanced SOLIDWORKS dimension tool in the sketch environment. Now you can dimension sketch entities as you draw them, while still being able to add inferred relations. Mastering this technique could generate huge time savings for most SOLIDWORKS users. If you want to have any chance at winning the Model Mania competition at SOLIDWORKS World, you need to watch this video for a comprehensive demonstration of the new functionality:  

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