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- [Instructor] Okay, so here's the problem. We've got this fairly complex shape here, and we'd like to make a view showing this top surface here which is denoted, Surface Number One. Let's go ahead and open them all so you can see what's going on here. So here's my model. You can see here, it's just basically this rectangular block. It's got a couple cuts over here, but it has this kind of angled surface and we'd like to kind of, look at that surface straight down on it. So if I click on this and I click on Normal Two, I can then see the view I'm pretty much looking for in the drawing. So let's jump back over to that drawing.
Alright, and let's figure out how we can create that. So if I go over to View Layout, click on Projected View, you can see if I projected something over here to the lefthand side. That's probably not it, and especially if I switch to the different style with the hidden lines visible, you can see there that that surface really is not being shown, right? Especially if I land up here and created another projected view. Again, you're seeing the surface, but you're not seeing it flat on and we want to figure out how to make a view of that flat surface only using the drawing tools we have available to us right now. So let me show you a couple tricks that might help that out.
Let's go ahead and delete this view here. And delete this one up here. Now because this is already an angle, we might want to make an auxiliary view coming off to the side over here. Now we don't have any lines going in that direction so I might need to just go ahead and create one. Let's go to Sketch. Let's go up here to Center Line and let's go ahead and just snap anywhere on that surface and make a perpendicular line. There it is. Now I can use that perpendicular line to go ahead and create a new view. And the type of view I'd like to create is an auxiliary view. And let's go ahead and just bring that one right over here, and there's my auxiliary view.
Alright, now let's switch the view style to Hidden Lines Visible and make sure that everything kind of lines up here. It's a little bit better but you can still see that plane. It's kind of off at an angle. So we need to do it one more time. We want to now make a view going this direction. So first thing I want to try is clicking on this line right here and then making an auxiliary view. And you can see there if I do that, now I've got a view kind of showing this part coming directly up and there I pretty much have what I'm looking for. So now I'm looking straight down on that surface there.
If I drag this in a little bit, you can see there, that's how I'm looking at that top surface at that angle and that's pretty much what I'm looking for. Now more than likely in the exam, they're going to ask you to do something like this, and then make a measurement between a couple different items or figure out the length of something here. So let's go ahead and add something like a dimension here. Let's just say from this right here all the way up to that point right there, whatever that dimension happens to be. You might have something similar to that on the exam. Now, the next thing I might want to do is to section this view.
So, if you didn't get this right dimension here which more than likely would be some kind of a multiple choice thing on the exam, make sure you have that right dimension because if that dimension is wrong, the next problem is probably going to be wrong as well. So in this case, let's go ahead and create one more line to create a section view. I'm going to go ahead and create a line, just a regular line up here. Going to go ahead and just drag that right through this part and I'm going to make this line here and this edge down here, let's make them parallel. Makes it pretty handy. And then let's go ahead and add a dimension between this line and this one over here.
Let's try that one more time. Oh, come on. Well, here's the first problem we have. I added that line but it doesn't look like we made that line in this view focus. It does look like it's highlighting however, I might've made a mistake. So make sure that you have the view focus set for what you're working with. So in this case here, let's go ahead and lock that view focus by double clicking on it. Then create that line one more time, okay. Then make it parallel. And then come up here and create a dimension from that line to this line over here.
And there's my dimension. Let's go ahead and put 1.25. Okay, now we're going to you see that line there, to create our section view. Go ahead and highlight it. Come over here to Views and come over here to Section View and let's go ahead and just put this off the page for right now. And now you can see we've got a certain area here. More than likely on the exam, they're going to ask you to do something pretty similar to this and then maybe come over here to Evaluate, click on Measure, and figure out maybe, what the area is or the perimeter of that shape.
Hopefully those couple tricks help you out on creating complex views inside of SolidWorks 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