SolidWorks Tips

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Revolved Boss/Base

Sketching the profile

When creating a Revolved Boss/Base, only sketch half of the profile. And include a centerline.

For example, this:

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creates this:

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Revolved dimensions

When dimensioning a profile that you are going to revolve, dimension to the centerline and then move your mouse below the centerline to create diameter (rather than radius) dimensions

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Miscellaneous

TYP

When drafters create drawings, sometimes they don't want to label the radius of 20 different holes or fillets if they're the same. So, they'll say something like 20 x R3.5 or R.35 TYP, where TYP means "typical" which just means "I made a bunch of similar fillets with the same radius.

Offset Entities

If you ever need to create a pocket, the Offset Entities sketch tool is your friend. The cut below took like four clicks. Extrude Cut -> Sketch on face of part -> Offset Entities -> Click face of part -> Done.

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Midplane

If your first extrusion is symmetric about a plane, you're insane to not extrude it Midplane, rather than Blind.

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Thin Features

You usually want your sketches to be closed loops, so SolidWorks knows what to extrude or revolve. But if what you're making has a uniform thickness, try a thin feature. Two examples below.

This open sketch:

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creates this:

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And this open sketch:

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creates this:

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And for the love of God...

Pattern features, not sketches.