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Need of Technical Drawing or Drafting


In Design Engineering creating a technical drawing of the parts or components is most important. Most Importantly because these drawings are read by the manufacturer before manufacturing the part. This technical drawing contains all the important views which show the important design features and geometry with dimensions. In the Principal view, the view of the part can be seen from the front, Left, Right, top, bottom, and rear sides.

Solidworks drawing is a module in Solidworks that we use to draw the drawing of a part or an assembly. Drawings are 2D documents that convey a design to manufacturing. As 3d parts or components are hard to understand on a sheet of paper or in a 2D Drawing. To create a drawing that is readable and can explain or convey to the manufacturer we use Solidworks. These drawings can be of a single part, multiple parts/components, or assemblies from various views and orientations.

The dimensions, surface finish, tolerances, etc. are drawn or written on the drawing sheets which later are read by the machine operator and the manufacturer. The manufacturer or the machine operator carefully manufactures the part using machines such as Lathe, CNC, milling, etc. We can use these drawings to check the dimension of the part manufactured by the manufacturer.

Views in Solidworks Drawing

Views are the ability to see something or to see an object from a particular place. Solidworks Drawings have various view options which can improve the readability and understanding of the part or model in 2D Drawing. View options that Solidworks drawing has been

Standard 3 view

In this view type, we can project the top, front and side view or a part or component.

Projected View

These views are created by folding off an existing view in any of the eight possible projections, the resulting view orientation is affected by the setting of the First angle or Third angle projection as defined in the drawing sheet properties.

Auxiliary View

It is a view in which the view unfolded normally to a reference edge in an existing view.

Section View

In section view, a part or assembly model is displayed as if cut by planes and faces, to show the internal construction of the model.

Detail View

In a detailed view, the model appears as a callout or section in another view. This type of view generally represents the model that has finer scales of details than the present view.

Relative view

This view lets you insert an orthographic view of a part, assembly, or individual component. This view can be in a custom orientation.

Broken-out Section

It is a cutaway view of the interior of a part, or assembly. We can draw the cutaway section manually using sketch commands.

Break View

It is not possible to draw large parts which are having same geometry for the large part. So in the break-out section, we create a gap or break it into a small drawing.

Crop view

This view focuses on a certain portion of a drawing view by hiding all but a defined area.

Alternative Position View

This view helps in the assembly drawing as its view indicates the range of motion of an assembly component by showing it in a different position.

Using Horizontal Break View

A horizontal break view is one option available in the Break view. What this option does is breaks the large part and show that in a shorter form in a Horizontal direction.

  • Open the model in Solidworks drawing by going to Drawing > Model view > Browse under a property manager.

  • Locate the file to open, Select the file and Click on Open.

  • Now, place the drawing view on the sheet after selecting the correct orientation, scale, display style, etc.

  • Give proper annotations and dimensions to the drawing. It’s not necessary to do this step before applying the Break View. It’s your choice.

  • To Apply Break View, Go to Drawing > Break View. Now you have to Select Horizontal Break View under Cut Direction. Place the two break lines on the drawing form to where you want to break the drawing.

  • Define the Gap Size between the break and break line style. Then click on OK.