Hole Wizard is a tool inside SolidWorks that allows you to quickly create holes within a part or assembly without the need of drawing or using multiple features.
The Hole Wizard is made up of two tabs, the first: Type, covers the creation of the hole. The second: Positions, will give you a graphical representation of the hole and allow you to place the hole as a 3D sketch.
Within the Hole Wizard ‘Type’ tab there are standard pre-set holes you can choose from, these are: Counterbore, Countersink, Hole, Straight Tap, Tapered Tap, Legacy Hole, Counterbore Slot, Countersink Slot and Slot. Once you have selected the right type of hole, you can then decide the standard and sizing of the hole. SolidWorks even allows to make custom sizes. At any time you can choose to save the hole as a favourite, this will allow you to just load it up as and when it is needed saving you time on recreating the hole.
The position tab will ask you for a face to place the hole, once you have placed the hole on the face you can then use the dimension tool to define the hole. This allows you to place multiple holes and then dimension them. If you have placed the hole and can not place another but want to, just switch back and forth to the ‘Type’ tab.
Because the Hole Wizard is a feature it makes it simple to pattern and mirror. This means that it is possible to create multiples of the hole quickly and smartly. Create boundaries within the pattern to dictate the number of holes and the space between, allowing the part to change and the holes will automatically update.
An extra feature linked to the Hole Wizard is Thread, this will allow the creation of threads easily and quickly. Once you have your circular edge, you can specify the angle (if any), the end conditions (such as up to surface) and the specification (type of thread, sizing and method). Create either a cut thread e.g. a bottle cap, or extrude e.g. bottle neck.
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