Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Boss and Cut features, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- Almost all the parts we're going to be making in the exam are going to be either an Extrude or Evolve to get started with. I'm going to get started from the sketch we created in 2.1, and let's go ahead and just create a Boss-Extrude for that. Go to Features, go to Boss-Extrude, and I'm going to choose obviously this sketch here, so just Sketch1, and we're going to make this thing equal to see, if you remember that from before, and I actually have a variable already pre setup for that, so I'm going to say that's equal to Global Variables, and I'm going to go choose C and go ahead and just choose that.
Alright there it is, so there's my basic Extrude, which we've already gone over a few times, but we want to make sure that we're very comfortable with the Extrude command. Now, Extruded Cut has a few more options over here, so one is I'm going to take a sketch here, and I'm just going to make a circle randomly out here, and this is going to be very similar to the part we were going to make. You could define it, but right now I just want to show you the feature itself. So Extruded Cut. Now if I do an Extruded Cut, and let's say it's going to be Blind, let's say it's going to be 20mm.
You end up with something like this, and it just cuts away a portion of that. Now 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 change start from a Vertex. 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 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 that from. So again that's a really quick way to create a feature, even though you don't have a plane right there.
So 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, and then I'll say Features, Extruded Cut. 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 going to 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 that cut.
Click OK, and that's going to put that 20mm away from that back surface. So if the part is modified in the future, then it's always going to be 20mm from that back surface, no matter how long the part is. So it's a great feature to use, and make sure you're familiar with all those different in-conditions in both Extrude and Extruded Cut.
He also breaks down the three segments of the test (part modeling, configurations, and assemblies), providing strategies that will help you pass each section. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWP requirements review
- Working with sketch entities, tools, and relations
- Using the boss and cut features
- Performing sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Setting up equations
- Creating multibody parts
- Setting mass properties
- Working with materials and constraints
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Arranging features to change the part
- Working with suppression states
- Using a design table to build configurations
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings