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Blocks are independent, non-solving, sketches that can be used in a variety of ways in Solidworks. The most common would be to copy a sketch and then use it elsewhere in your design. By creating a block, all the entities in a block become frozen and can be manipulated as a whole. We can save blocks for later, as well as open blocks in the Solbergs format, or any autocad file can be opened as a block. To insert an existing block, we need to first locate it in our file system. You can get it at the box toolbar by coming under Tools and coming down here to Blocks, or what you can do is you can right click anywhere in the gray area up here on the top of the screen, right click and come down here to Blocks, and turn on the blocks toolbar.
Notice it shows up over here on the left, and I'm going to drag it over here and just put it on my screen so I can easily see it. The next thing I want to do is I want to start a sketch. I want to click on the face here, start a sketch. And then what I want to do is click on this little button here, it says Make block or Insert block. In this case, we're going to insert a block that's already created. And I'm going to browse to find a block that I'll want to use. So I'll look right here on the desktop, I have Exercise files. And in Chapter 10 I've got a folder called Blocks. Now, I've placed a several blocks in here for you to be able to play with, but I'm only going to be using the very last one here, called VGA cutout.
Click on that, and then click OK. Notice, I've got a little cutout here attached to my tool tip, and anywhere I place it, it's going to place that block. It's going to say active on my tool tip until I hit escape. So I can place a few if I'd like, I can space them out. And quickly add that same block multiple times. When I am done go ahead and click escape to get out of that block command. Now what I can do is grab one of these blocks and I can move it around if I want to. Or you can add dimensions like you would otherwise, between the blocks maybe. And you can drag them down, click them on the origin, you can rotate them around.
You can do anything because they are non-solvable entities. They operate as one contained unit. All the internal lines and sketches are all frozen. If you want to change one of these blocks though, if you click on it, you can actually come over here and say Edit. Now, if I'm editing that one block, what I can do is I can maybe dimension one of these holes a little bit bigger, and say I'm going to make it .25. Now that it's bigger notice all the other blocks changed. When I'm happy with that, exit out and you can see all those blocks automatically change because they're all exactly the same block.
When you're happy with what you have, then go over to Features, then go to Extruded Cut and we can cut those right through apart. Quick way to add existing cut-outs. And my recommendation is if you're using cut-outs or you're using a certain size sketches that you use quite a bit through different designs save them out as Solidwork blocks, and then bring them into your existing sketches and re-utilize them. So you don't have to continually redraw all those entities over, and over, and over again. It also makes it if you're using standardized connectors, that every time you use it it's always going to be exactly the same, and you know it's going to work.
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