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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SOLIDWORKS Exploded Views

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Assembly Exploded Views have been a part of SolidWorks for many releases now.  One new trick that I recently stumbled upon is that from time to time you may need to add a jog in your Exploded Line Sketches to avoid some other exploded parts.  This process is pretty straight forward but there may be a time when you want to jog following a different axis rather than the one it defaults to. For example, in screen shot 1, I […]

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Rapidly dimension multiple radial dimensions in sketches

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2012 has added many shortcuts that allow us to get our jobs done faster and more efficiently.  Here is a new function that you may find useful if you create a lot of revolved features.   2012 now gives us the function to add multiple radial or diametric dimensions at one time without having to select the centerline every time.   There is nothing special to activiate this function.  Dimenison between a centerline and a line or point.  Place your […]

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I Need To Use A Non-True Type Font

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Recently a customer called to inquire about using a non-True Type font with SolidWorks. They had an older laser-cutting machine that could not work with True Type fonts, so could they install a non-True Type font to use with their designs? Installing a new font is a piece of cake, but the issue is that SOLIDWORKS only supports True Type fonts. So what to do? Create your own library of letters or words? That did not sound appealing to me, […]

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Suppressing Sketch Relations in SolidWorks

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I ran across a discussion at a recent user group meeting in where someone asked me if it was possible to create part configurations where the same sketch segment could have two different sketch relations. I wasn’t sure if this was possible so I did some investigating. Much to my surprise, this is in fact possible! Here are some screen shots of this process in action. First, make your sketch and add some relation to this. In this case I […]

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Sweep Solid vs. Sweep Thin.

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Thin sweep features can be a little deceiving.  A swept thin does not behave the same as an extruded thin. With an extruded thin, you can have open contours in the sketch. With a swept thin, the profile must remain closed.  Note: For all these examples, the “pink” sketch will be used as the path, the “green” as the profile. This first example might be what you would expect a swept thin to be used for.   With the sketches set […]

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