Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Mirror, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- Looking for symmetry when you're designing a part, is definitely one of the most productive things you can be doing. The mirror command allows us to multiply our work. To get started to use the command, let's go up to mirror under your feature toolbar. Click on mirror. Now, the first question is which is our face or plane that we'd like to mirror something over? Now we, by default, have the standard three front, top, and right planes I could choose, and if I want to mirror over one of those, I can totally do that.
It's fine. I can also choose individual faces. So, I can choose a face like this one or this one, or even this one in here, or this one here. There's a lot of options for choosing a face. Now, the other option I have is I can add reference geometry. I can add a plane. I can add a plane between this face here, and this one right here. Place it right in the middle, and I can mirror something around that as well, or over that. So here's my first example. So click on mirror. I'm going to choose this plane which I just created, plane number one, and my feature to mirror, I want to mirror this little hexagon cut.
So there's my cut. I want to mirror it directly over that plane, and there it is. So, very very basic. I just choose the feature, what I want to mirror it over, and I'm done. Now, I'm going to go back to mirror. This time for my face, I'm going to choose this face right here. Now, if I had features to mirror, notice below features is also faces to mirror, as well as bodies to mirror. Now I find bodies to mirror is actually one of the most powerful commands inside the SOLIDWORKS. But we're going to go back to features to mirror for one quick second here. If I choose this first boss extrude number one, click okay, you can see that boss extrude is what gets mirrored over.
Notice these two hexagon cuts don't get included because they're not included in the mirror. If I go back to mirror number two, I can select them as cut number one as well as the mirror of that to include them if I wanted to. So you can go back and add things in using features to mirror. However, if I go ahead and I delete that, then if I go back to mirror again, I'm going to choose that same face. But instead of using features to mirror, let's go down to bodies to mirror and I'm going to choose this entire body.
So everything that went into creating that body, whether it's one feature, or a hundred features, or a thousand features, I'm going to take all those and copy them directly over that plane and mirror it over. So click on okay. And just the same thing if I can do it again, mirror, I'm going to choose this face here, bodies to mirror, I'm going to choose everything there, and with one click I can create a very complicated part just by continuing to mirror this part over and over. Now I don't have to continue choosing faces from the side either.
I can click on mirror, I can choose the back of this part, bodies to mirror, choose the entire part, and now I have it on both sides. So again, mirror command is very very powerful. Don't just use the feature mirror. Take a look at the body mirror. Again, that's one of our most powerful because it allows us to bring a bunch of features over at the same time without having to individually select them. And the same thing works for faces if you're working with the surface model. Now, the mirror command is not required in any type of modelling. However, if you can find some symmetry in your parts, it'll definitely save you the time of having to create both halves of the part.
So if I only have to draw 1/2 or 1/4 of the part, that's only 1/2 or 1/4 of the work as well as the time. So definitely keep that in mind when you're evaluating those first parts on the exam, to make sure if there's any symmetry that you can take advantage of.
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