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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.

 

 

Type 0.5 in the marked filed and click the green checkmark.

If you measure the part again you will see that it’s length is now 6in.

You can check all the other dimensions and you will see that they are also now half the size before they have scaled down.

There are 3 possible option to choose from when scaling the part:

  • scale about centroid
  • scale about origin
  • scale about coordinate system
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If you need the part to be uniformly scaled by a certain factor, choose centroid option. Just like we showed you in the above example. And leave the Uniform scaling checked.