SOLIDWORKS: Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves

Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves Most of us know how to create sketches in SOLIDWORKS, but what if we’re given a set of data-point coordinates that need to be connected by a curve path?  One common example of this is the importing of 2D coordinates for an airfoil profile – here’s how we do it. We’ll start at the UIUC Airfoil Coordinates Database, and select an NACA 4418 airfoil (see gif below). This database supplies X,Y coordinates […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Going For a Jog – Creating Jog Leader Lines

Creating Jog Leader Lines in SOLIDWORKS   Creating a leader line jog in SOLIDWORKS can be a very useful tool when displaying certain features in a drawing. Fortunately, there is more than one way to accomplish this in SOLIDWORKS depending on the feature and the drawing view. Take the following simple part as an example:     Let’s say after creating a drawing file from this part, we want to add a dimension to the center cylinder; however, we prefer […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Raiders of the Lost Arc-Length for 3D Splines

SOLIDWORKS 3D Splines   Occasionally, you may need to find the Arc Length of an equation-driven 3D spline.     Easy enough you say, ‘Just use the measure tool under the Evaluate Tab’.         But what if you need to find the length between two specific points on the spline? Smart Dimensions won’t help you here.         To do this, we can utilize a nifty SOLIDWORKS command called “Split Entities.” This is a convenient […]

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