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What does convert entities do in SolidWorks?

convert entity is a SolidWorks utility that is very helpful in projecting any entity while sketching. This utility saves time. It allows users can copy a sketch, face, or set of edges and project them onto the active sketch plane.

In this article, you will learn about the steps that will help you use the “convert entity” utility.

To use “convert entity” you need to follow the following steps:

  1. When you start a new sketch in the sketch tool you can locate the “convert entity” button.
  2. Click on the option.
  3. Then in the property manager you will find a blue box with the heading “Entities to convert”.
  4. Select the entities to convert and then click on Ok.
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As soon as you click okay you will see a black sketch of the entity you converted.

Now you can perform the desired feature operation on the sketch.

Tip: For Faster operation first select the entities and then click on convert entities, this will directly project it the active sketch plane. It’s an easier and shorter method.

Note: All the entities copied in the sketch plane will automatically get a relation with their parent entity. In this case, it is an “On edge relation” Hence any change in the copied entity will change the new sketch.