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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Updates to Sketching

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Among the changes in SOLIDWORKS 2022 are two important improvements focusing on the reuse of sketch geometry: Directions in the Linear Sketch Pattern command can be defined using lines from the current sketch, and sketch text can be replicated with Linear Sketch Pattern and Copy Entities. Let’s take a closer look at these enhancements. Directions in the Linear Sketch Pattern Command In past versions of SOLIDWORKS, the directions in a Linear Sketch Pattern could be represented only by the default […]

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Coincident Vs. Pierce Sketch Relation in SOLIDWORKS

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Understanding how your sketch relations affect your model will help you avoid errors and unwanted results. Without the proper sketch relations, some commands will fail, results will twist or deform, or break later on in the editing process. The two sketch relations that most commonly get misused or mixed up are Coincident and Pierce. It can be challenging to know when to use the coincident or pierce relationship because in some situations they do appear to behave the same way. […]

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Why Can’t I Just Get My Sketch To Move?

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We have all been tasked with modifying SOLIDWORKS models, and as long time SOLIDWORKS users we like to think we’re pretty good at it. But sometimes we want to move a sketch to a different location on the sketch plane and can’t seem to free it up enough to get it to move. Well, there is a long existing Sketch tool to help with that. You probably know of it but might not be aware of how well it helps […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Make Sketching a Snap with Snapping Tools

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Everyone who designs parts in SOLIDWORKS likely spends most of their time in the sketching environment. Sketching is the basis for most of the common features in SOLIDWORKS, so being a good sketcher is essential to becoming a good modeler. SOLIDWORKS fortunately provides plenty of resources to both simplify and expedite the sketching process. Appropriately defining dimensions and relations in sketches can be a time-consuming challenge, especially for users still familiarizing themselves with SOLIDWORKS. These tasks can be made easier […]

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Copied v. Derived Sketches – Which one do I use?

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Making use of copied or derived sketches can aid in the design process when the design intent is for multiple sketches to contain similar or the same constraints. The question remains, which option do I use? When the design intent is for a new sketch to contain similar information, a copied sketch is the best option. To create a copied sketch: copy an existing sketch, select the new sketch plane or face, and paste to place the new sketch. Oftentimes, […]

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How to Insert and Scale a Sketch Picture

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When designing something in SOLIDWORKS, it’s often useful to import a rough idea of a project in the form of a 2D image and then trace over it instead of trying to guess the outline yourself. But how do you know the 2D image is in the correct place and more importantly is the correct scale? This post will walk through how to Insert a Sketch Picture and how to use the built-in Scale Tool to make sure your picture […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018 In SolidWorks 2018 you may notice a new command manager available when right clicking one of the command manager tabs. This command manager is called ‘Sketch Ink’ and it is for the new touch based sketching available in SolidWorks 2018. Tech Tip: This functionality currently requires the Windows 10 Creators Update. When using the touch based sketching, you use the ‘Pen’ tool to create free-hand sketch entities. You can […]

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Creating Splines in SOLIDWORKS made easy

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Creating organic shapes in SOLDWORKS can be a little intimidating….especially working with splines. After reading this blog, I hope to relieve the anxiety forever! Here are a few tips to help create and manipulate splines easier. SOLIDWORKS supports two types of splines: B-Splines and Style Splines. These sketch commands are considered to be “sketched curves”. These sketch curves are found in the Sketch Command Manager or under Tools > Sketch Entities > Spline or Style Spline The definition of a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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