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SOLIDWORKS is the world leader in 3D software for product development and design. Start creating manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies, as well as detailed drawings and bills of materials. In this course, author Gabriel Corbett shows how to create 2D sketches that will become the basis for your 3D models. You'll use the Extrude and Revolve tools to turn 2D sketches into 3D parts, then create more complex geometry with sweep and lofts. Then learn how to use the cut features to remove material and shape parts, and use mirroring, patterning, and scaling to modify parts. Next, you'll combine parts into movable assemblies and subassemblies. Finally, you'll create accurately annotated drawings, complete with itemized bills of materials that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer.
This movie will continue on with dimensioning by adding the ordinate and running dimensioning styles. To get started, let's go ahead up here to Smart Dimension, and directly below that, click on the drop-down arrow. And we're going to go ahead and choose the Horizontal Ordinate Dimension. To use this dimensioning scheme, what we're going to do is we're going to choose what is the baseline of the part. In this case here, I'm going to choose this edge here. And as I click on that, I'm going to actually drag down this little zero mark, right below the part. Now any item I click on in the part, will automatically add to this dimension. So, if I click on this first hole here, it adds a dimension.
I click on the second hole here, adds the dimension. This line here, this hole here, this line there, this line, this hole, the end of the part. Really quick way to dimension. It's a great way to add a lot of dimensions quickly and it's very compact. It only uses one line across the bottom of the part versus stacking it down the part. I can do exact same thing going up as well. So I can say Vertical Ordinate. Again, choose the bottom of the part as my base line. Drag out the zero point, and then start dimensioning each one of these individual holes, across the part. If you need to go back, add something else, no problem.
Click on a line. It automatically adds it in. Go up here to the top. You can add a line here. You can add lines all the way across your part. Very easy and if you need to add something later you can always go back to that ordinate dimension and add it later by right-clicking on it and coming down here to Add to Ordinate. It will automatically add it back in, just in case you forgot something. A very quick way to add a lot of dimension to a part. This is especially great for items like sheet metal that have a ton of holes. The ton of features all over the part and your typical dimension schemes like a baseline or chain dimension scheme would just make a total mess of the drawing.
This is very clean and concise easy way to represent quite a few dimensions across a part. I also want to point out that we have what's new in SolidWorks 2014 is what we call this Angular, running dimension. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and open up a new part, and you can see I have this part here with a bunch of these little holes in a circular pattern. So I want to go ahead and create a drawing for that, so I'm going to come up here to File > Make Drawing From Part, choose that same template we've been, using the Tt one. Go ahead and open that up, and by default it opens up and places a couple views on my drawing from that template we created.
That's great. And now what I want to do is dimension where these holes are. Before you'd actually have to make an individual dimension from each hole. Now, what they've added is what's called an'Angular running dimension. So we'll go ahead and choose that. My first option's where is the circle that we're going to use to make this go round and click on this outside edge. And then notice, as I have my cursor I can move this around and it snaps to different angles. So I can snap to zero over here, or zero up here, wherever you want to place that zero mark. In this case here, I'm going to place it right above. And then any item I click on, it automatically adds a dimension.
So I can quickly dimension the angle between all these different holes very quickly. Pretty handy, it's a nice new feature for 2014. There are various tools to dimension parts and depending on the conditions and the amount of dimensions will determine the best dimension scheme. There are no hard and fast rules about the best way, however best practice would be to try to relate the information in the easiest and most direct way.
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