How to delete a sketch in SolidWorks?

Often when we model a part in SolidWorks, there might be some unused or redundant sketches in our file. There might be a chance you want to remove a reference sketch in an assembly file, hence it is very important for you to know “how to delete a sketch in SOLIDWORKS”. In this article, you …

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How to copy a sketch in SolidWorks?

There are various methods for manipulating sketches in SolidWorks. This tutorial will cover the use of Copy/Paste and “Copy Entities” command. Follow the instructions using the example from the end of the article “How to fully define a sketch in SolidWorks”. Copy/Paste In an active sketch, select all entities to be copied.  Then copy the …

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How to scale a sketch in SolidWorks?

There are various methods for manipulating sketches in SolidWorks. This tutorial will cover the use of the “Scale Entities” and “Modify” tools.  Use the scale entities command for selected or all entities.  The modify command scales the whole sketch, and dimensions are updated. Follow the instructions using the example from the end of the article …

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How to move a sketch in SolidWorks?

There are various methods for manipulating sketches in SolidWorks. This tutorial will cover the use of the “Move Entities” and “Modify” tools. Use the move entities command for selected or all entities.  The modify command will move the whole sketch, as a result the origin symbol will be out of place.  Follow the instructions using …

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How to rotate a sketch in SolidWorks?

There are various methods for manipulating sketches in SolidWorks.  This tutorial will cover the use of the “Rotate Entities” and “Modify” tools.  Use the rotate entities command for selected or all entities.  The modify command will rotate the whole sketch, and redefine which direction is horizontal.  Follow the instructions using the example from the end …

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How to fully define a sketch in SolidWorks?

Fully defined sketches are fundamental when working with 3D CAD programs.  They ensure that geometry does not change, avoids errors when creating features, and allow for easy editing. To fully define a sketch use dimensions and sketch relations to restrict movement of sketch entities.  There are many ways to fully define a sketch.  Where possible, …

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How to copy a sketch between parts in SolidWorks?

Sketches can be reused between parts in SolidWorks. Sometimes these sketches may be saved as library feature parts for easy insertion, otherwise sketches can be copied from one part to another. There are two fairly similar methods for copying sketches. Copy Sketch from Design Tree Browse the design tree and locate the sketch to be …

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How to dimension threads in a SolidWorks drawing?

The method used for dimensioning threads, cut into a part, depends if they are commonly used or bespoke. This tutorial will cover dimensioning custom threads and standard threads. Custom Thread In the case of a bespoke thread, the machine shop will require all of the necessary dimensions to fabricate the thread. The precision of the …

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How to mate parts with threads in SolidWorks assemblies?

There are many mate options to choose from in SolidWorks, one that is quite useful is the “Screw” option from the mechanical mates section. This mate can be used to mate two parts whose threads are modeled. The steps to constrain two M10x1.0 fasterners are as follows: Fully constrain one of the two items, in …

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