Learn how to add text to your SOLIDWORKS sketches and features.
- [Instructor] In this example we're going to be creating some sketch text. To get into the text command let's go up here to the Sketch toolbar and come over here to Text. Click on that one and then go ahead and choose a face to start drawing on. My very first question here, is the curve. What curve do you want to draw along? And I definitely recommend using curves. Now they're not required but let me show you why you might want to use them. Let's go ahead and type out some text over here. I'm going to type in, "Hello." And then notice that is shows up, we're kind of right over here. If I click somewhere else it kind of goes wherever my cursor happens to be on the screen and that's probably not what you want to do because you don't want to be just clicking randomly in some space and just placing the text there.
So it's better to have it defined by a curve. So I'd recommend is to cancel out of this command first. And let's go ahead a draw a few curves. So let's click on that face there. I'm going to hit Space Bar on my keyboard and then click on Normal Two, so I'm looking straight at that face. Let's go ahead and draw a couple of center lines. I'm going to make one right to here at the bottom. I'm going to make another one up here with a couple short segments, short segment, a long segment and another short segment. It would just tie into the edges. I'm also going to make this side and that side equal, so now I have one long line which is going to find where that sketch is going to be, and I have a couple of paddings on either side.
And the next thing I'm going to do is a spline. So heres a spline right here. Start here, there and so on. And there's my spline. I'm going to kind of move it around a little bit. So those are the different shapes that I'm going to be using. Now they can be regular lines or they can be construction lines. So if I want to switch from regular to construction I can easily click on that icon right there and it'll switch over to construction line. Alright, one you've got these lines let's go back over here to the text command. Click on text. As far as the curve, let's choose this one down here. And the again let's try that "Hello" or anything else you want to type in there.
Now you have the ability to make it Left Justified, Right Justified or Centered along that line that you're choosing. You can also switch it to being at the bottom of the line or you can make it go the other direction. If you want to, see if you can flip this around anyway you'd like. I prefer to have it generally in the center, depending on what you're working on, but the center is pretty handy. Or this one over here which is the fully justified, so you're stretching that out to the full length of the line which is pretty handy and cool. We can go also come down here and change the font, so instead of using the document font, let's go ahead and choose our own font.
So I can select through any of the available fonts over here. And I do want to make a warning here that some of these fonts simply will not work. If they overlap, you'll generally cause an error, so you have to choose fonts that have simple letters that will not overlap. Definitely some of the cursive styles of fonts will have errors that they will implement into your design if they have any type of overlapping contours or they're not completely closed, so keep that in mind. But we'll stay right now with this Century Gothic font. You can, of course, switch over to a bold or italic version if you wanted to. But let's just stick to regular for right now.
And then you can define whether you want to use the point system, so you want like a 16 point font or you want a units system of like maybe a quarter inch, so I'm typing 0.25. Click OK and now my font adjusts to that new size using my new font. Once you're happy with your font just go ahead and click on the green check mark and you should be all set. Let's make a couple more now. So up here, let's preselect this center line here, create a font and let's say, "Hi." This one, 'cause the H over here and an I over here, so it probably not what I want.
Let's put that right in the center. So notice I have that one there. Or let's maybe type in Solidworks. And let's make that font a little bit bigger. Here's the first problem we have. Notice my line's pretty short and my word's a little bit longer and it cuts off the end of the word. So click over here and you can move this line here, and if you move it, notice the rest of the word shows up because I have this center justified.
That's going to start creeping in as I start moving it. It's going to start cutting off the end. So you do have the ability to kind of adjust things on the fly here, but notice it's all centered and that's why I have these two lines here at the ends which are equal length. That's why I had these two lines here at the ends that are equal length, so I always have everything centered in here. My Solidworks font is right in the center. And then I have the ability to kind of drag things around and control it to make sure that everything's lined up, centered and looking good. I can do the exact same thing over here if I choose this line up here, again, to create some other type of word.
Let's try the "Hello" again. It'll go along that line and let's just try a double "Hello" for fun. And let's go down here and increase this to 0.25. You can see how that's kind of falling along that line. You can also stretch it out which looks pretty cool. We have a whole bunch of different option that you can use. So definitely take a look at using the sketch text but keep in mind it's always best to try to use it along some type of line. It doesn't have to be a straight line. It could be a curve, an arc, any section of a circle if you want, a spline, you name it.
You can use pretty much any type of line you want, but I would also recommend using some helper lines, like these over here, to kind of center things up so everything looks good when you finally finish up the text you're trying to add to your design. Once you have the sketch done then I can easily extrude or extrude cut that shape into my little triangular piece here. Let's go ahead and try that out. So I'm going to go up to Features, Extruded Cut, and let's just say we're going to go in at 0.05.
Look okay? There we have a nice little extruded cut into that shape. So lot of cool thinks that you can do with sketch text. It's a very powerful tool and you pretty much have all of the fonts available to you that will work, as well as the ability to create text on pretty much any surface inside of your design.
First, see how to how to use the sketch tools to create two-dimensional sketches that become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, look at extruding and revolving 3D features; creating complex objects using the Sweep, Loft, and Surface tools; and modifying parts. Learn how to create uniform holes with the Hole Wizard, and explore more advanced modeling techniques using equations, mirroring, and pattern tools. Then review best practices for putting parts together in assemblies and building robust structures. The course wraps up tips for creating detailed drawings that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer, complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes.
- Working with templates
- Creating sketches
- Extruding and revolving features
- Applying materials
- Sketching lines, shapes, and polygons
- Trimming, extending, and transforming geometry
- Adding fillets and chamfers
- Working with planes and coordinates
- Creating patterns
- Modeling advanced parts
- Making holes
- Designing with blocks
- Building assemblies
- Mating parts
- Linking sketches
- Using design tables
- Creating part and assembly drawings
- Creating dimensions
- Adding annotations