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SOLIDWORKS Basics – Sketching

Sketches are the foundation of all SOLIDWORKS models and the building block for the majority of SOLIDWORKS features. A great SOLIDWORKS model relies on well constrained sketch geometry underneath every single feature. Whether you are creating individual components or large assemblies, every part is built from a sketch that has the power to drive your design.

Sketches contain a range of tools to help you create your geometry in the way you want. Lines, Circles, Arcs, Rectangles and Slots, are just a few of the available entities that can be created. Unlike other CAD packages, in SOLIDWORKS there is no need to worry about the size of your sketch, simply sketch out your geometry and the smart dimension tool will do the rest of the work for you!

Throughout the course of this 20 minute webcast we will look at;

  • How to start a Sketch
  • How do we know we are Sketching?
  • Creating Sketch Geometry
  • Sketch Relations & Dimensions
  • Status of a Sketch
  • Exiting a Sketch

This webcast is suitable for those who have recently completed, or are due to complete, the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training course.

SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks – Sketching

So you’ve mastered the basics of sketching in solidworks and are now looking to improve your workflow by reducing your design time. This webcast will give you some pointers on how to take your sketching to the next level.

Sketching can be repetitive and you will often find yourself prompting the same commands over and over. The time taken to finalise a sketch though can be reduced through the use of shortcut menus and a little customisation.

Wednesday’s webcast will take a look at a selection of Tips and Tricks that can be incorporated into your everyday SOLIDWORKS sketching workflow in order to increase efficiency and reduce modelling time.

You can expect to see the following:

  • Speeding up standard sketching operations
  • Looking at some less well known Sketch Tools
  • Dimensioning
  • Sketching for Specific Features

This 20 minute webcast is suitable for intermediate levels of SOLIDWORKS user.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Dirty Decals

SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Dirty Decals

Tips and Tricks - Dirty Decals Decals in SOLIDWORKS Visualize are often used for applying logos, labels and signage onto products.  This blog explores how decals can be used to give realistic defects, dirt and damage onto appearances that would otherwise...

Develop 3D LIVE – Warwick 20th March

This year, DEVELOP3D Live is being held on 20th March at the Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University, Coventry, CV4 7AL. With over 30 exciting speakers, the event is a great way to get hands-on with the latest technology, advance your workflow and network...



SOLIDWORKS Webinar Join us next Tuesday for an open session as we look at the importance of variant management and collaboration. You will see how SOLIDWORKS MCAD and ECAD solutions will help you in designing product variants to achieve maximum efficiency...

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