How to create and edit a linear sketch pattern in SolidWorks?

When modeling in SolidWorks, there is often the need to place multiple instances of the same sketch entity in a single sketch. This tutorial will cover the creation and editing of linear sketch patterns. Creating a Sketch Pattern Select the linear sketch pattern button from the CommandManager, as this opens the linear pattern options. In …

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How to change planes of a sketch in SolidWorks?

Changes are common when working in a design environment. In the event that a sketch needs to be moved to another plane or face, follow the instructions that follow. This tutorial will cover two different methods. Depending on the location of the new plane/face, reference geometry from “Convert Entities” may be broken. Sketch Plane Right …

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How to sketch on a curved surface in SolidWorks?

Sketching directly onto a curved surface is not possible in SolidWorks. The method used to create a sketch will depend on the feature to be used. Extrude To create an extrude that protrudes from the curved surface, begin by creating a sketch on the top surface. Create and constrain a line representing the length of …

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How to flip or mirror a sketch in SolidWorks?

There are two methods for mirroring a sketch in SolidWorks.  The method used will depend on what type of mirror is required.  Use the modify sketch tool if the sketch is in the wrong orientation.  To complete a sketch using symmetry about an axis, use the “Mirror Entities command”. Modify Sketch While in an active …

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How to create a plane in SolidWorks?

If you want to be a good mechanical designer you need to learn how to create a plane in SolidWorks. There are several use cases where you need to create a plane during the design of your part. You may need to mirror some features of need a plane to mate the part at a …

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How to scale a part in SolidWorks?

Scaling part in SolidWorks is straightforward. Here is how you can do it. Let’s start with a part opened on your screen. As you can see, the length of this part is 12in. If we want to scale this part to 50% of it’s size we need to go to Insert/Feature/Scale in the menu.   …

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What files can SolidWorks open?

If you have ever wondered what files can SolidWorks open, there is an easy way to find out. Here is how to do it. Go to File/Open or use shortcut Ctrl+O to open the screen.   On the new screen that opens, click on menu in lower right corner.   This will open a list …

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How to make a sphere in SolidWorks?

If you have been wondering how to make a sphere in SolidWorks, you are not alone. Although, creating a sphere is unusual to do in a mechanical design software, it is not difficult. Let’s start by creating a new part and selecting a new sketch on one of the main planes. In this case we …

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How to change material in SolidWorks?

How to change material in SolidWorks? Let’s learn how to change material in SolidWorks! Changing material in SolidWorks influences the mass properties of the part. More dense materials will make the part weight more. Also, some materials require painting before being used in a product, which will increase the cost. Here is the example of …

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How to change units in SolidWorks?

How to change units in SolidWorks?   It is very easy to learn how to change units in SolidWorks. Let say you have your part already opened. Just look in the lower right hand corner of your screen.   Click on the circled button with a small black arrow pointing up. This will open the …

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