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5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-12)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can use the Split Part feature to remove geometry from an imported body. This can be used in the place of trying to create a cut feature, which might alter the model geometry. It can also help simplyfy the model for use with FeatureWorks.

2.If the Ctrl key is held down while creating sketch entities, automatich Inferencing is disabled.

3.You can change a solid body to a surface body by deleting one of the solid’s faces.

4.You can specify a break in a dimension’s withess line if it overlaps another withess line. Select the dimension, and in the Property Manager select ‘Break Dimension Lines.’

5.Using the Reload/Replace tool, you can replace a part with an assembly, or an assembly with a part.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-11)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1.You can make a perspective view in a drawing. First, create a named view in the model using the Orientation dialog box, then insert that view in the drawing.

2.Converted edges are fully defined. You can drag the endpoints of these edges, however, to change the end points to under-defined.

3.You can set up a gradient color schemes to appear in the graphics area in Tools, Options, System Options, Colors.

4.Color Display Mode (Line Format toolbar) allows you to toggle between displaying layer and explicit colors assigned to sketch entities and colors representing the status of that entities (defined, over defined etc.)

5.Coordinate values that appear in the Property Manager are measured relative to the sketch’s coordinate system, which can be different from Tools, Measure, values, which measure relative to a selected coordinate system (default is the model origin).

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-10)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can use the Swept Flange Feature to create bends in different directions for more complex Sheet Metal parts.

2.You can set new sketches to Auto-rotate normal to the sketch plane under Tools, Options, System Options, Sketch.

3.You can right click a drawing view and select Show In Exploded State to easily create an exploded view of an assembly.

4.Changes made to a model with a design table update the design table.

5.Sketch Pictures can be suppressed so they are displayed only when the parent sketches are being edited.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-9)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can create a split FeatureManager design tree by grabbing the gray bar at the top of the FeatureManager design tree, and dragging it downward.

2.After you import a file into SolidWorks you can run Import Diagnosis to find any faulty faces or edges. Import Diagnosis is often able to repair these errors, or eliminate them.

3.You can split an arc, circle, ellipse, or spline in a SolidWorks sketch or drawing (sketch entities only). Right-click the entity and select Split Entities.

4.When rotating components with transparent faces, you can improve performance by clearing ‘High quality for dynamic view mode’ in Tools, Options, System Options, Performance.

5.You can have notes linked to drawing views (they will move to maintain their position relative to the drawing view). Double click on a view to focus on it. This keeps the view active, even when the cursor moves over other drawing views.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-8)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1. You can use the Sketch Fillet tool to fillet non-intersecting sketch entities. The entities are automatically trimmed or extended when the fillet is added.

2. You can add some types of relations to multiple entities at the same time. For example, you can select three lines, and make them equal in length.

3. To select the midpoint of an edge, right-click the edge and choose Select Midpoint.

4. To copy an exploded view from one assembly configuration to another, drag the ExplView icon the Configuration tab.

5. You can align and space multiple dimensions in a drawing. Select the dimensions, then use the on-screen Dimensions Palette.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-7)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1. Use Command Search to locate and execute SolidWorks commands. The default keyboard shortcut for Command Search is W.

2. You can drag a command Search result list onto a toolbar of CommandManager tab.

3. Use Search shortcuts in Tools, Customize to create your own custom Command Search aliases.

4. You can map OK, Cancel, and Escape to mouse gestures.

5. Hold Ctrl+Tab to close multiple windows at a time from the Open Documents window

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-6)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1. You can control the component color in Hidden Lines Removed View in an assembly with the parts or the assembly. Select View, Display, and select or clear ‘Use component color in HLR/HLV.’ A rebuild is required for the display to update.


2. Cosmetic threads are able to follow tapered holes as well as simple thru holes.


3. You can use the convert entity sketch tool in a 3D sketch.


4. When creating a curve through free points, you can use a simple text file with x,y,z coordinate separated by commas.


5. You can hide/show surfaces and solid bodies in a SolidWorks model from the FeatureManager design tree or shortcut menus in the graphics area. Since the models are invisible when hidden, it is often easier to use View, Hide/Show Bodies to make the surface or solid bodies visible again.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-5)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1. You can step through the creation sequence of a part by clicking the Rollback bar in the FeatureManager design tree, then pressing the up and down arrow keys. To enable this function, select Tools, System Options, FeatureManager, and click Arrow Key Navigation.


2. You can change the orientation of all standard views for a part or assembly. In the View Orientation dialog box, click the name of the standard view that you want assigned to the current orientation, then click Update. The standard views are updated to reflect the new orientation.


3. You can see simple measurements of selected entities in the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen. For more complex measurements, use the Measure command.


4. You can change the angle increment used when rotating a model with the arrow keys. Click Tools, Options, System Options, View, and specify the Arrow Keys value under View Rotation.


5. You can use mathematical and trigonometric operations, such as *,/,+,-, or sin(45deg) when entering a dimension value. You can also use parentheses to define the order of operations.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-4)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1. You can automatically save Backup and Auto-recovery information after a specified time interval. Click Tools, Options, Systems Options, Backup/Recover to enable this option, and to specify the interval.


2. You can dimension the true length of an arc by selecting the arc and its two endpoints. The dimension value is display with an arc above it.


3. To zoom to selected entities, choose Zoom To Selection on the context Toolbar.


4. In drawings, you can control the font, color, and thickness of selected model edges from the Context Toolbar.


5. Broken views in drawings can have multiple breaks.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-3)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1. The Home key will bring you to the top of the feature tree and the end key will bring you to the bottom of the feature tree.


2. Pressing the A key will toggle between a line and an arc in a sketch.


3. Use Ctrl+drag to copy components, features, entities, and annotations


4. Press the M key to bring up the measure tool.


5. Use SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard to save your user interface customization settings. From Windows start menu, go Programs, SolidWorks, Tools, Copy Setting Wizard.