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# Using the Circle tool

## Video: Using the Circle tool

The circle tool is the next step in sketching.

## Using the Circle tool

The circle tool is the next step in sketching. From the circle tool we also get arcs. There are several methods to creative circles in SolidWorks, and the most basic is the center point circle. Click once where you want to start the circle, click again where you want to define the radius. To get started let's go ahead and choose a top plane. Click on that, and start a sketch, and come up here to the circle too. And notice we have the circle tool here. Now you click on the drop down next to it, you have, two different types of circles, circle, and perimeter circle. The most basic is a center point circle, just click on the origin, or anywhere else, click once, drag out the size you want, just to find the radius as i drag, click again, and there it is.

I can also do the same thing out here, click once, click again where you want the radius to be, and there it is. If you want to move those circles around, notice this one here has an automatic relationship added to it so it can't move because it's been tied to the origin. However, this one over here, I can easily drag it around from the center point by grabbing on the center point or I can grab on the outside to change the size of that circle. So, two different ways to move it around. You choose the center point, you can drag it around. You choose the outside of the circle you can change the size. The other type of circle is the perimeter circle. Click on this, and this is going to give us three points.

So my three points might be. Notice there's two different types out here. I can choose a point right here, a point here, and then a point maybe down here. That will define that circle. So I can place the circle between multiple items. It's also a great way to draw circles if you have multiple items you're working with. For instance, if I have a couple center lines that are in my design, and I want to put a circle here, I can choose a perimeter circle, pick one of the corners, pick the other corner, and I can define how I'm going to place that shape between those points. It's a really handy way to easily create geometry and circles, using a simple couple commands.

The circle tool and the line command are the two Sketch entities used most to build geometry in SolidWorks. Master of these tools is essential to being proficient in SolidWorks.

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#### This video is part of

SolidWorks 2014 Essential Training

97 video lessons · 6257 viewers

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1. ### Introduction

1m 51s
1. Welcome
1m 7s
2. Using the exercise files
44s
2. ### 1. Touring the Interface

31m 13s
1. Launching SolidWorks for the first time
3m 55s
2. Accessing and customizing the Ribbon
4m 14s
3. Touring the shortcut bar and identifying essential keys
7m 27s
4. Saving, renaming, and managing files
10m 28s
5. Working with the new view cube, or View Selector
2m 36s
6. New features in SolidWorks 2013 and 2014
2m 33s
3. ### 2. Getting Started with 3D

14m 11s
1. Understanding the 3D world
2m 31s
2. Creating your first part
3m 15s
3. The virtual, parametric prototyping environment
1m 56s
4. The FeatureManager and feature-based modeling
3m 43s
5. History-based modeling and the rollback bar
2m 46s
4. ### 3. Basic Solid Modeling

28m 32s
1. Starting a new sketch
6m 50s
2. The six steps used in almost all modeling features
52s
3. The Line and Centerline tools
3m 25s
4. Using the Circle tool
1m 51s
5. Adding and removing relationships and dimensions
6m 56s
6. Understanding relationship types
3m 58s
7. System options, units, and templates
4m 40s
5. ### 4. More Drawing Tools

18m 28s
1. Drawing rectangles
5m 31s
2. Creating arcs in a sketch
4m 8s
3. Drawing splines in a sketch
4m 57s
4. Sketching polygons
3m 52s
6. ### 5. Sketch Editing Tools

36m 5s
1. Trimming and extending portions of a sketch
3m 54s
2. Creating offset geometry
3m 13s
3. Moving, copying, rotating, and scaling elements
3m 13s
4. Erasing, undoing, and redoing actions
2m 24s
5. Using the mirror tools
2m 24s
6. Creating repeating patterns in a sketch
4m 55s
7. Using construction lines to build robust sketches
3m 25s
8. Applying fillets and chamfers to a sketch
2m 32s
9. Working with slots
3m 46s
10. Adding text to parts
4m 1s
11. Using the Convert Entities command
2m 18s
7. ### 6. Reference Geometry

9m 33s
1. Working with planes
5m 28s
2. Placing and using axes
2m 22s
3. Placing a coordinate system
1m 43s
8. ### 7. Building 3D Geometry

17m 50s
1. Extruding a sketch into a 3D object
4m 36s
2. Using Revolve to create 3D parts
2m 42s
3. Using Loft to create complex shapes
4m 40s
4. Refining a loft shape with guide curves
2m 22s
5. Using the sweep to create wire and pipe shapes
3m 30s
9. ### 8. Removing Material

20m 23s
1. Modifying parts using the Extruded Cut tool
5m 42s
2. Working with the Revolved Cut tool
6m 19s
3. Using the Lofted Cut tool
3m 32s
4. Cutting holes and grooves with the Swept Cut tool
4m 50s
10. ### 9. Refining Geometry

21m 5s
1. Using fillets and chamfers to smooth corners
5m 58s
2. Creating repeating rectangular patterns
3m 16s
3. Creating a circular pattern
2m 27s
4. Mirroring objects
4m 0s
5. Using the Shell and Draft tools
3m 52s
6. Scaling parts
1m 32s
11. ### 10. Blocks

9m 39s
1. Working with reusable sketches and blocks
2m 47s
2. Creating blocks
3m 51s
3. Designing with blocks
3m 1s
12. ### 11. Assembly: Putting It All Together

29m 45s
1. Understanding the tools for beginning a new assembly
4m 46s
2. The basic steps in creating an assembly
3m 18s
3. Mating parts together in an assembly
6m 43s
4. Working with subassemblies
2m 9s
5. Linear and circular assembly patterns
4m 56s
6. Downloading premade parts from the Internet
3m 32s
7. Using Toolbox
4m 21s
13. ### 12. Advanced Mates

15m 8s
1. Mating parts with coincident, parallel, and distance mates
4m 35s
2. Mating parts with width mates
5m 53s
3. Mating parts with path mates
2m 5s
4. Mating parts by aligning planes
2m 35s
14. ### 13. Hole Wizard

10m 20s
1. Getting started with the Hole Wizard
4m 38s
2. Positioning holes in layout sketches
5m 42s
15. ### 14. In-Context Modeling

15m 27s
1. Linking sketches to other parts
4m 28s
2. Linking to layout sketches
6m 48s
3. Using the Hole Wizard in context
4m 11s
16. ### 15. Creating Threads on Parts

17m 15s
1. Understanding threading concepts
7m 17s
2. Using a helix and Swept Path to create a thread
4m 2s
3. Understanding internal threads
5m 56s
17. ### 16. Equations and Design Tables

17m 25s
1. Using equations to drive a sketch
5m 5s
2. Working with complex calculations
2m 6s
3. Integrating Microsoft Excel to manage design tables
7m 10s
4. Building assemblies using part configurations
3m 4s
18. ### 17. Part Drawings

23m 17s
1. Working with drawing templates
6m 49s
2. Setting up drawing options and sheet properties
3m 43s
3. Choosing the correct projection angle
2m 21s
4. Adding model views to a drawing
10m 24s
19. ### 18. Dimensioning

16m 8s
1. Creating general dimension notations
6m 37s
2. Creating ordinate and running dimensions
3m 0s
3. Dimensioning holes and curved features
3m 8s
4. Using the autodimension tools
3m 23s
20. ### 19. Adding General Annotations

14m 38s
1. Creating holes and callouts
5m 8s
2. Adding center marks and centerlines to a drawing
3m 46s
3. Adding item notes
2m 57s
4. Making drawing revisions
2m 47s
21. ### 20. Assembly Drawings

11m 42s
1. Adding assemblies to drawings
2m 10s
2. Including a bill of materials
1m 42s
3. Adding balloons to specify parts on an assembly drawing
1m 39s
4. Adding a title block and sheet properties
2m 8s
5. Building an exploded view for an assembly drawing
4m 3s
22. ### Conclusion

1m 2s
1. Next steps
1m 2s

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