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Quickly producing complex sketches in SolidWorks can greatly increase design productivity. Sketching forms the foundation of many features and there are some quick hot keys which will help when sketching more complex geometry, outside of the standard sketch shapes available.

Geometry Sketching in SolidWorks
Geometry Sketching in SolidWorks

To access the straight line tool simply press the L key as a shortcut. SolidWorks automatiaclly will now stay in the line tool until it is deselected, allowing the user to plot a number of lines to start to form the contour. To change from the Line Tool to the Tangent Arc Tool, press the letter A key. This switches from a straight line to a tangent arc for just the next line placed before switching back to the default line tool. This can allow you to sketch complex geometry with ease and without the need to constantly return to the sketch toolbar and change tool.

Geometry Sketching in SolidWorks
Geometry Sketching in SolidWorks

The next line you will place will automatically be straight but Press A to toggle to create the next line as an arch. Then press L again to exit the line tool.

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