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Shortcut to Quickly Create a New Plane
Holding down the Ctrl
key and clicking on one of the standard planes is a great shortcut to open the
Plane PropertyManager. The most common use of this shortcut is to
quickly create a plane parallel to an existing plane.
here to find
out how to do this and how to use this shortcut with an existing face or other
One feature on a plastic bottle is the helical thread on the
neck of the bottle. I will show you
how to use the Variable Pitch option of the Helix command and the
Face Delete command to create the neck of the bottle.
Automatically Fill in Your Title
Every time that you create
a drawing document, you need to fill in the title block, including your name
and the date that you created it. However, it gets repetitive if you have to
do this every time. SolidWorks provides you the ability to do this
automatically whenever you start a new drawing document. See how to
automatically fill in the drawn by and created date information.
You can use the Combine
Bodies command to combine multiple solid bodies into a singled-bodied
part. In this example, you will create a snowboard.
How to copy settings to use on another computer
Many people work on
multiple computers. Others have multiple users on the same computer. How do
you move to another computer and load your interface easily? There’s really
not a whole lot to it when you use the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard. Just a
few clicks and you’re done.
How to add a watermark to a drawing
At times, a watermark such
as “CONFIDENTIAL” is required on a drawing print. Unfortunately, SolidWorks
does not have a watermark feature. There are a few workarounds that are
Ever Need to Create a
Knurled surfaces are very common in engineering design. However truly
modeling a knurled solid feature takes up a lot of memory and slows down
SolidWorks, especially with multiple knurled parts in your assembly. A
couple other ways of dealing with a knurl is to apply a texture to the face
or to add a crosshatch pattern in the drawing to make it look like a knurled
Using Projected Curve to
Create a 3D Curve
There are several ways to create a 3D curve. A neat
technique is to create two sketches on intersecting planes and merge the
sketches to create one 3D sketch. The 3D curve can then be used to create
solid model features.
Make sure that you don’t lose anything
Computers are usually very
stable these days, at least as compared to years ago. There are a couple of
settings in SolidWorks that can make sure that you don’t lose days of work
if something major does happen.
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