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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SOLIDWORKS 2014: Sketch Features (Part 1/4)

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These are a few of my favorite things… in SolidWorks 2014(Part 1 of 4: Sketch Tool Improvements) I hope you were able to attend Fisher Unitech’s Design Excellence Forum, which included an introduction to many of the new features SolidWorks 2014 has to offer; but if not (or if you just want a refresher), I would like to welcome you to Part 1 of my favorite SolidWorks 2014 features. I hope you find something that catches your eye and gets […]

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How to Convert View to Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just want to hide a line or two to clean up a drawing view. Well, to change a style, a thickness, or hide an edge in a drawing, it’s as simple as selecting the line with the left mouse button. Here […]

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Copy/Paste Sketch Based Features in SolidWorks

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Have you ever tried to save time by copying an existing sketched based cut extrude only to find out that when you pasted this new copy that the orientation was flipped around 180 degrees from the original?  If so, I have the background information on why this happens and how to keep this from happening in the future. Let’s start with a simple cut extrude feature and notice that this seed component has been sketched on this outside surface on […]

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Sketch Option: Add Dimension

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Here's a quick tip for adding dimensions to your sketches. When inserting a sketch you have these options by default. If you go to tools, options, sketches, you will find another setting that can expand these options. Checking this box gives you these options for sketching: This option allows you to type a dimension on the fly or it will tie a dimention to the sketch entity so you don't have to do it later. Some of you may already […]

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