Sketching

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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Configuring Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS

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Configurations in SOLIDWORKS allow you to create multiple variations of a part or assembly model within a single SOLIDWORKS file. You can configure many things, most common are Features and Dimensions. Others include Colors, Equations, Sketch Planes, End Conditions, and Sketch Relations. Let’s take a look at configuring Sketch Relations. You can control the suppression state of sketch relations per configuration using the Display/Delete Relations Property Manager. The steps are as follows: Set the active configuration: When you change the […]

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Fit Splines: Are There Any Limits?

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Hello Everyone! I would like to a moment to discuss an interesting but often overlooked command inside of SOLIDWORKS. That command is called the Fit Spline command. Now most of you have heard about splines but you may not be aware of the “Fit Spline”. “Fit Spline” is interesting in that you can take just about any sketch geometry and turn it into a spline by using this command. This can be a great way to get the functionality of […]

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Flipped Angle Dimension in SOLIDWORKS

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There has been a time or two in SOLIDWORKS when I have inserted an angle dimension in a sketch and found myself instinctively subtracting the initial numerical value from 360 degrees in my head.  Sound familiar? Then let’s talk about some right-click options that will easily correct this issue for us. Assuming the sketch is the desired shape and the two lines to be dimensioned have been selected, accept the on-screen dimension. We can change it after adjusting its Display […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Becoming a Sketch Expert with SketchXpert

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Imagine: You are putting the finishing touches on a complex sketch, proud of your work. All that is left is one relation to give you the profile you need. Then, red and yellow fill the screen. Something has gone horrifically wrong; the sketch is over defined and unsolvable. There are dozens of relations and dimensions in this sketch—where do you start? Rather than trying to sort through the potential points of conflict on your own, let SketchXpert do it for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces – #SW2017

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Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces   SOLIDWORKS 2017 Now allows you to add offset sketches on 3D Geometry. You can select entire faces:     Or you can select individual edges:     This command can be found on Tools -> Sketch Tools -> Offset on Surface.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI […]

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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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