SOLIDWORKS Rapid Sketch

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As the name suggests, Rapid Sketch allows you to create sketches quickly and many at a time.  For example, take this part:

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I start a sketch on this top face, and turn on the Rapid Sketch command found on the Sketch toolbar in my Command Manager.  

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Next I start a corner rectangle command, and as I draw one rectangle and complete it, I can move my cursor to another face and SOLIDWORKS will automatically create a brand new sketch for me on this new face.  Now I can continue with this same rectangle command or any other sketch entity.

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As you can see from this image, I switched from a rectangle, to a circle, and then to a line for the 3rd sketch:

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Once you have finished with all of your sketches, and fully defined them of course, you end up with 3 new sketches added to your feature tree:

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So, give Rapid Sketch a try the next time you need to make several 2D sketches.  Enjoy!

Brian Reel
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.