SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp

SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp Display Options

Virtual Sharp - Dot

A SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharp in sketches and drawings provide the ability to dimension to the imaginary point where two lines would intersect in space.  Our previous blog posts show how you can add a virtual sharp using the Point tool or using Find Intersection with the Smart Dimension tool. Did you know you can change the display style of virtual sharps?  By default there are two extension lines that cross at the point. You can change the style in Options > Document Properties > Virtual Sharps. There are 5 options that I’ll demonstrate below.  The first two will only show the point whereas the last three will include the extension lines. Here are examples of the different Virtual Sharp options:

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How to Find SOLIDWORKS Intersection (Virtual Sharp) [VIDEO]

If you have ever needed to dimension to a virtual sharp (a point at which two lines would intersect if they were long enough), then you have probably done so by either creating construction lines so the lines intersect, or sketched in a point to dimension to (as my colleague describes in this blog article). While both of these methods work, they require the creation of reference sketch entities in a separate step. Of course, sometimes you get lucky and can sketch and dimension the lines to a sharp point before inserting a sketch fillet and maintain that relationship, but this doesn’t work in all situations. One of the nice new enhancements added in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the ability to select an intersection between two entities when…

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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 the Point command and then add coincident relationships to it to both sketch lines in order to find the virtual sharp point. While this certainly works, there’s a more efficient way using SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharps. Inserting SOLIDWORKS Virtual Sharps I explained that this could be done with only three clicks of the mouse. Left-click on one line with your mouse and hold the CTRL key. Left-click the second line. Left-click on the Point tool from the Sketch commands This saves time because you do not have to add the relationships. SOLIDWORKS will add them automatically. It is always great when best practice is the fastest…

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