One of most popular software for parametric based 3D modelling in market is SOLIDWORKS. This CAD software has been adapted by more than 1,50,000 companies worldwide. Apart from dominating manufacturing sector, it’s also been used in interior, architectural and medicine industries to name a few.
SOLIDWORKS provides a wide platform for solid modelling, as well as for surface modelling both controlled parametrically.
There are many ways to work on a software but if we find the right tool we can explore the software even better. So here are some interesting handful tools & techniques you can explore now while working on SOLIDWORKS.
- USING “S” Key:
You can use “S” key to easily reach to your favorite tools at your pointer eliminating the typical searching for the tools through various menus. By pressing the “S” key from your keyboard while working in SOLIDWORKS; opens up a shortcut bar consisting of various tools. Tools available in the shortcut bar depend on the environment in which you are working wiz. Sketching, Modeling, Assembly as depicted from images below.
- Dimensioning Arcs/Circles from Tangent points:
Need to dimension an Arc/Circle from tangents points is just a click away. While linear dimensioning mode active, select the entity from which you need to add dimension and then press-hold “SHIFT” key and click on the circumference of the Arc/Circle; you will get your required dimension. You can also select the Arc/Circle first and then the entity from which you need to add dimension. The key-point in selection is you have to use SHIFT key while clicking on the Arc/Circle for selection.
- Knowing your Tool path:
Finding a location of a tool can be sometimes a little bit annoying for a novice, pressing “S” key two times activates the search bar. Simply enter the tool name keywords you are looking for; a list of tools will be displayed with a symbol of goggle on its right. Click on that symbol, SOLIDWORKS will direct you to the tool by following the sequential pattern to invoke a tool.
- Show/Hide Body and Parts:
Working with Multi-body part or an assembly and need to temporarily hide a body or a part. Hover the cursor over the part or the body you need to hide temporary and press the “TAB” key, the selected part/body will be hidden. To unhide the body/part, move the cursor to location of the hidden part/body and press and hold the “SHIFT + TAB” key. However sometimes it is difficult to find the location of the body/part. Press and hold “CTRL+SHIFT+TAB” all the hidden body/parts will be shown in translucent state, click on the body/part you need to show.
- Mouse Gesture to Invoke a Tool:
Most sought-out shortcut for invoking a tool in SOLIDWORKS is the “Mouse Gesture”. Press and hold Right Mouse Button and then drag the mouse to show a wheel type structure in the graphics area containing tools. Release the Right Mouse button on the tool you need to invoke. The tools displayed in the gesture will depend upon the environment you are working in. You can also add or remove tools in the mouse gesture as per your feasibility.
Hope that will definitely help you to work more efficiently an make your model flawless. If you are really looking to learn the parametric design concepts using SOLIDWORKS then join BIMNCAD. BIMNCAD training is different. It’s not about teaching you how to use the software, It’s about developing the knowledge so you can deliver real building projects. That’s why we start by identifying your objectives and then teach you how to accomplish them.
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Author : Mr Jitendra Gahlot (CAD Design Expert).