Learn how to create basic views.
- [Narrator] On the drawing tools exam, more than likely you're going to need to download a file from the testing client, save it to your desktop or somewhere on your file system, and then create a drawing from that. Now I definitely recommend creating a folder on your desktop ahead of time and create a couple different subfolders in there so that you're saving the files from the question in a specified folder so you can get back to them. On some of the later questions you might be downloading a full assembly and you want to make sure that you're saving that in its own specific folder so the files don't get mixed up. Alright, once you have that let's go ahead and create a drawing.
So you can do that a couple different ways. The first one would be to go up to file, click on make drawing from part, or you can also come over here and just click on new and I'm going to go ahead and choose this LinkedIn template that I have on my system. Now on your system you might have completely different types of templates. You might have the system defaults from SolidWorks, you might have your company templates, it doesn't really matter cuz we can change templates at any time. So go ahead and just choose a template and then go ahead and click on okay. Alright once you're in the drawing let's go ahead and make sure that we're using the right system.
So down here at the bottom right hand corner we have the IPS and click on that little arrow going up and you can choose I would want either an inch pound second, a millimeter gram second, or whatever unit system you might be using. I'm going to switch over to the millimeter gram second system. Now if you need to change the amount of decimal places shown you can also click on that same pop-up there, click on edit document units, and make sure that your length is showing the right amount of decimal places. More than likely it's going to be two and same thing with angle's going to be two. Click okay when you're done and let's go back to the drawing.
Now notice I'm using this template here. If you want to switch templates it's pretty straightforward and easy. Right-click anywhere in the white area and come up here and if you don't see the properties right away go ahead and click on the drop-down and there it pops up right there. Make sure your scale is set exactly to what they're asking for on the question. Now if you already have a template defined it's okay. If not, you can go ahead and choose a different one here. So in this case here I might choose a landscape C drawing. Notice it changes the border and the size of the drawing, and then go ahead and click on okay. And now we have a basic drawing in the right units and the right scale.
Now let's go ahead and add that part into the drawing. So go up here to view layout, click on model view, and then choose the 2.1, click on the next arrow there, and it's going to be telling you which view it's looking for. So in this case I'm probably going to be choosing something like the front view, which is right here, and then go ahead and just drag that over to your drawing. Alright. Make sure your scale didn't change cuz sometimes it does automatically change. So down here I see I have a scale of one to one, you can also go over here and say use sheet scale and see it's one to one, so make sure your scale's correct.
And then we're going to be adding another type of projection. So in this case I can choose a projector view, choose this one up here and come up here and add a projection, right? That's going to be an isometric projection. Now for fun I also want to add one more projection. And that one's going to a regular view. So go ahead under model view, I'm going to choose the same part. Come over here and instead of an isometric projection I'm going to do this trimetric projection and go ahead and just place it on my drawing. So notice I have two views that are pretty similar but I want to point this out because it's a very easy stumbling block if you put the wrong projection.
Now they're going to ask you to add a non-standard dimension, so let me give you an example. Up here under smart dimension I'm going to go ahead and create a dimension from top of this cylinder here all the way over here to this part right there. Notice that it's a 135.97. That would be the input to the question. You would type that number in and that would be the answer. Now this is doing two things. One, it's making sure you have the right units set and two, it's making sure that you added the right type of projection. And notice down here, I'm going to try to add that exact same dimension. So from the top here over to here, try to add that dimension.
Notice it's giving me a little bit of heat, it's saying I can't do it for some reason, it's a weird glitch inside of SolidWorks and sometimes you'll end up with that kind of problem. A good work around for that, and you're going to probably see this multiple times on the exam, is come up here under line or center line and just create a line that's kind of snapped or colinear with an existing line. So notice I just placed that little center line directly on top of there and now I can choose that line and this one over here and then create that dimension. So it's a little bit of a work around but the funny thing about that is they're going to ask you to do that a couple times on the exam more than likely cuz you're going to be out of focus or you're going to have to add a dimension to some other feature inside of the part or from part to part that's not really there, so you need to know that little trick to solve a few of these questions.
Now notice the angle is different because this is a different style of projection than this one. So make sure that you are adding the correct type of projection to your drawing that they're asking for. Those are the basics for creating basic model views, changing the units, the scale, and the sheet size, and adding dimensions to isometric or trimetric drawings.
- Downloading the testing software
- Working with drawing views
- Accessing data in the bill of materials
- Using equations with BOM data
- Importing model items
- Creating complex views
- Sample exam questions and answers