In this article, we will learn how to mirror a feature in SolidWorks!
Why is there a need for the CAD software?
In today’s era, product development and optimization are very important. The product developed last year is relaunched as a new product with a different model number. This is done according to the feedback given by the customer and to make the product new and exclusive in the market.
Product designing has many steps and various considerations are taken to come up with a product in the market. One of the steps is prototyping and CAD modeling. The CAD models are designed using CAD software like Solidworks. These models need to have a unique shape and to achieve that Design Engineer use their experience and expertise with the software.
CAD software reduces time and saves them lots of money. As the product is designed on the computer and if any changes are needed that can be done very easily. Therefore for rapid prototyping, the need for CAD software is observed. CAD modeling also reduces the money invested in prototyping. As the solid model is manufactured after the final submission of the CAD design and if any changes are needed that were done on the CAD design.
Mirroring Feature in Solidworks
While Designing a model we take the help of features. These features reduce the time to design the shape or geometry of the product. The features are different at the different design stages. Like while drawing 2D sketch features like line, circle, rectangle, slot, convert entities, etc. In the case of 3d designing, we have to Extrude, revolve cut, etc. We can use these features to reduce the time taken while designing.
Many a time same features are used again and again or are just applied opposite to a certain plane or face to make a symmetrical shape. In order to apply the same feature, we can either copy a feature or we can mirror it to make the geometry Symmetric. This will help in applying the feature by drawing the base sketch of that feature again.
Appling mirror feature command
First, we have to create the center plane about which we are going to mirror the feature. If the model is in the center and standard planes like a top, side or front cut the model from the center then we don’t have to create the central plain.
The next step is to select the mirror feature. To select the mirror feature go to Features Tab under command manager.
Then select Mirror. In the mirrors option under property manager select the Mirror face/plane.
And under features to mirror, select the feature directly for the model or you can go to the features tree and then select the feature.
Make sure under option > propagate visual properties is tick > partial view is selected. This helps in better visualization of the mirror feature command.
At last, click on Ok.
You can mirror the model’s features, surfaces, and bodies.