Using Instant2D in SOLIDWORKS user can increase modeling performance with little effort.
- [Instructor] One of the features you'll want to leverage to increase your performance in SolidWorks is going to be the Instant2D feature. This is key to improving your sketches and speeding up the process of sketching complex designs. Let's take a look. I'm going to open an new part and open a new sketch in the front plane. I'm going to start with a center rectangle and you can see I have Instant2D turned on. Let's turn it off right now and enter some dimensions.
Now you can see as I make these dimensions, the modify box pops up and I'm just going to enter them in as I normally do. So as you can see I can single click on a dimension, drag it. I can drag the points and move the dimension if I want. And this is all part of the regular sketch dimensioning tools and sketch tools. Now let's see what happens when I turn on Instant2D. So now when I single click on this, I'm given the option to change it.
All right, so I'm going to type in 11, hit return. You can see it changed instantly. Now let's say I had a lot more features in here, all with dimensions on them. You can see how putting all these dimensions and editing them takes quite a bit of time. Now you could link all the dimensions, or make them equal with sketch relationships. With Instant2D if I want to switch 'em, I can just single click them and quickly move about all the arches.
So that's great. I'm just going to delete these sketches for now. So another feature with the Instant2D tool is the ability to drag and change dimensions with the ruler. Now you can see it's giving me some pretty decent sized steps to move and change my dimensions in. If I zoom into that feature. The gradient gets increased so I can do even more precision movements.
So this can be handy if you're trying to set up jigs and fixtures real quick or maybe you have an image in the background that you're working against. But Instant2D is definitely a great tool. Some people complain that they have trouble deleting dimensions, 'cause they're used to single clicking on the dimension and then you can't hit delete. But to delete the dimension, you just click on part of the geometry of the line here and then hit delete. So just a little trick there. So don't be scared. Definitely jump into using Instant2D in your sketches, they're going to speed 'em up drastically.
- How your workstation's hardware functions
- Adjusting System Options settings
- Modeling best practices
- Creating custom configurations
- Fixing your assemblies
- Using SpeedPak
- Increasing modeling performance with Instant2D and Instant3D