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Drawing rectangles SOLIDWORKS 2014

While it's possible to do manually, the SOLIDWORKS automated rectangles feature makes drawing rectan… Show More

SOLIDWORKS 2014 Essential Training

with Gabriel Corbett

Video: Drawing rectangles SOLIDWORKS 2014

While it's possible to do manually, the SOLIDWORKS automated rectangles feature makes drawing rectangles even easier. Available in a number of rectangle styles, the platform enables you to get the rectangle that's just right for your design. In this video, you'll learn how to create rectangles automatically with the SOLIDWORKS software.
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  1. 1m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 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. 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. 28m 32s
    1. Starting a new sketch
      6m 50s
    2. The six steps used in almost all modeling features
    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. 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. 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. 9m 33s
    1. Working with planes
      5m 28s
    2. Placing and using axes
      2m 22s
    3. Placing a coordinate system
      1m 43s
  8. 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. 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. 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. 9m 39s
    1. Working with reusable sketches and blocks
      2m 47s
    2. Creating blocks
      3m 51s
    3. Designing with blocks
      3m 1s
  12. 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. 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. 10m 20s
    1. Getting started with the Hole Wizard
      4m 38s
    2. Positioning holes in layout sketches
      5m 42s
  15. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 1m 2s
    1. Next steps
      1m 2s

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Drawing rectangles
Video Duration: 5m 31s 6h 20m Beginner


While it's possible to do manually, the SOLIDWORKS automated rectangles feature makes drawing rectangles even easier. Available in a number of rectangle styles, the platform enables you to get the rectangle that's just right for your design. In this video, you'll learn how to create rectangles automatically with the SOLIDWORKS software.

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating your first part
  • Starting a new sketch
  • Adding and removing relationships and dimensions
  • Sketching polygons
  • Creating offset geometry
  • Moving, copying, and rotating elements
  • Working with planes, axes, and the coordinate system
  • Using Revolve and Loft to create 3D objects
  • Trimming with the Revolve, Loft, and Sweep cuts
  • Creating smooth and angled corners with fillets and chamfers
  • Designing with sketch blocks
  • Working with subassemblies
  • Creating threaded parts
  • Integrating Excel to manage design tables
  • Adding dimension notations to a drawing
  • Rendering an image of a part or assembly

Drawing rectangles

The rectangle command is nothing more than four line segments, and some relationships auto created by SolidWorks. There are several types of rectangles preloaded into the SolidWorks tools. And we can use them, or we can create our own. Depending on the tool we use, the relationships are added differently. Let's take a look. I'm going to start over here on the top plane. Click and start a new sketch, and we're going to come up here to the top of the screen, onto the Sketch toolbar, and were going to come here and grab the very first rectangle, which is a Corner Rectangle. To use this rectangle, we just go ahead and click on the origin, or anywhere else on the screen.

Click once, and then drag the rectangle out to whatever size we'd like, and notice, it gives us a couple heads up display, size in x and y, so we've got a two by four, so I want to drag this out to roughly about four inches on the x and roughly about two inches in the y. And just click OK. Then I can come back, grab the smart dimension tool, dimension one of the legs, I get 4.0, and dimension the other leg, 2.0, to create the rectangle. Notice, everything turns black. That means it's fully defined, knows exactly where it is, and it's tied to the origin, so it knows exactly where that is as well.

Notice how this is created. It uses two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. Makes it really simple to create a rectangle, and does all that behind the scenes. And we could create this exact same rectangle just using the regular line command, and adding those relationships manually, but using the rectangle command really make it a little faster to do that. Let's go ahead and delete this. So I'm going to click and drag over the rectangle and hit Delete on my keyboard. Next I'm going to use this center point rectangle. This one here, I'm going to start again on the origin. Click and drag out the size we'd like, and notice this one gives us automatically two center lines going through the rectangle and it ties it in to the origin and makes it's own mid point.

It makes it really handy to design something that's origin-centric. Again, let's go back and add a few dimension. So I'm going to dimension from the left to the right. And then place the dimension down here at 4.0. And again from the bottom to the top and the place the dimension at 2.0. There's my rectangle, fully defined and black again. Go ahead and delete that. This time we're going to come down to the three-point corner rectangle. Now I can start out in space or I can start right at the origin. So start at the origin, click, drag out.

Notice I get a dimension as well as an angle. Click and then drag to your second dimension and click OK. This one here, if I dimension it, I can give it maybe a four inch dimension here and I can click on one of the corners and I can drag this rectangle around. Notice it moves around that center point. If I add a dimension here to the other leg. Keep in mind, look what's happening right there when I click on that. Notice it's not actually aligned with the line. So if I get close to the line, it will do that. If I move further away, it gives me a dimension here, or if I move up here it gives me a dimension here. So be real careful with that, making sure that you're getting the right dimension.

If you don't like that, hit Escape, and dimension from this line to this line, and that way you're always going to be tied in, in the exact spacing between the two lines. 2.0 Once I have that, I can then grab one of the corners and can rotate that around to any angle I like. In fact, if I'd like to use an angle, what I can do is, I can add a center line from the origin, just extend it out a little bit, and I can add a new dimension from that center line to one of these bottom edges here, and type in, maybe, 35. Right, that means everything's fully defined, and now the angle's set as well.

When you're done with that go ahead and window over everything and hit Delete. Then come down here to the Three Point Center Rectangle. Again, start the origin, drag out a line, drag out the other line again. Place a couple of dimensions, give this one 6.0. Move this one, 3.0, and then we want to determine whatever that angle is. So on the angle, again I'm going to start from the origin. Draw out a line and make sure that line does snap to horizontal. In this case it didn't because I just clicked a little too soon. So I want to make sure that I am going to snap that to horizontal.

If you don't automatically add the relationship, click on the line and say, Make Horizontal. Notice you will have that little green check mark box directly below it. Then I can dimension from that line to one of these other lines and set the angle. Pretty handy. 'Kay. Let's go ahead and delete those, come back here, and this time we're going to grab the parallelogram. From the origin again, drag a line out, drag a line over and there's my shape. I might want to add a horizontal line, and then I can dimension from that line to the bottom line.

And give this maybe a fifteen degree angle. Now I'll dimension from the lower leg to the adjacent leg, make that 45. In this case here, I'll dimension from this line to this line here, make it 2.0. And finally, I'll dimension from here to there. Give it dimension it that way or, what I can do, is I can dimension the line on the top here. Make it 4.0, and now we have a fully defined shape. Then later, if I wanted to change the angle, just double-click it, type in a new angle, click OK, and everything automatically updates.

Then keep in mind, though, we're just using these tools to create rectangles or parallelograms, really it's just four line segments. So if at any point in time you'd like to actually change the way it's created or change the lines, you can go back and actually just delete some of the dimensions or delete some of the relationships. So notice we have a relationship here between the two lines. And I click on either one of those little green boxes and hit Delete. As soon as I do that, this line now is free to move around. So if I wanted to make this one a square corner I could hold down Ctrl, select those two adjacent lines and make them perpendicular.

Now I've got a new shape that I created from a starting shape of a parallelogram. It's a really quick way to utilize some of the built in tools in SolidWorks to create whatever you'd like as far as your final design.

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