Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Boss and Cut features, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- Almost all the parts we're gonna be making in the exam are either gonna be either an extrude or evolve to get started with. I'm gonna get started from the sketch we created in 2.1 and let's go ahead and create a boss extrude from that. Go to Features. Go to Boss Extrude. I'm gonna choose, obviously, this sketch here. It's just Sketch 1. We're gonna make this thing equal to C if you remember that from before and I actually have a variable already pre-set up for that so I'm gonna say that's equal to global variables. I'm gonna go choose C, and go ahead and just choose that.
There it is. There's my basic extrude which we've gone over a few times but we want to make sure that we're very comfortable with the extrude command. Extruded cut has a few more options over here. One is I'm gonna take a sketch here and I'm just gonna make a circle randomly out here. This is gonna be very similar to the part we were gonna make. You could define it, but right now I just want to show you the feature itself. Extruded cut. If I do an extruded cut, and I say it's gonna be blind, let's say it's gonna be 20mm, you end up with something like this.
It just cuts away a portion of that. The other option here is I can say instead of starting from the plane I drew this on, I can offset that, or I can start from a vertex. I choose Offset and then type the value in, and that just moves that value either right or left, where I want to start from. So let's say 10mm and click OK. It does the exact same thing. It just offsets it a little bit from where you're starting or where you're sketching it from. So again, that's a really quick way to create a feature even though you don't have a plane right there. We drew on this plane here, and then offset it out to this distance here.
So again, a really handy feature. Same thing with an extruded cut over here. So, I'll click on a sketch. Start a sketch. I'll make a hole, for instance. Then I'll say Features > Extruded Cut. A couple options we want to make sure we're familiar with is obviously, blind is very common, but we also have all these other options here. Very common to see on the exam is gonna be "Up to Surface" or "Offset from Surface." So "Offset from Surface" will give the option of choosing a surface itself, and then telling us how far away from that surface we would like to make the cut. Click OK, and that's gonna put that 20mm away from that back surface.
So, if the part is modified in the future, it's always gonna be 20mm from that back surface no matter how long the part is. It's a great feature to use and make sure you're familiar with all those different end conditions in both extrude and extruded cut.
Along the way, he'll cover creating effective sketches, using equations to modify parts, weighing parts, building assemblies, assigning the correct materials and units, and creating drawing views. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWA requirements review
- Working with sketch entities (Line, Circle, Rectangle, and Arc)
- Making offset, convert, and construction lines
- Reviewing the boss and cut features
- Sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Dimensioning techniques
- Setting mass properties
- Selecting and using materials
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings