Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Question 1: View creation, part of Cert Prep: SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tools.
- [Instructor] For question number one of the sample exam, they're asking us to open up this drawing here, and import this model, and then create a dimension from this top edge here up to this line that's already in the drawing. If I click on to the next page of the PDF or the sample exam PDF, and see here this is called The View Creation Number One Question, and you can see, of course, we're in a millimeter, gram, second. Decimal places is 2, that's very important. Dimension type is true. And then we're going to be opening up this sample exam. I've renamed the file to be 3.1, the drawing, just so it makes a little more simple to understand what we're doing and where we're at in the course.
Okay, now like I said, we need to bring that front view of that widget and then create a dimension. So it's going to be one of these multiple choice answers. Let's go ahead and flip over to SolidWorks. And here it is. Okay, so once you have the drawing opened up, let's go ahead and import that widget. I'm going to go up here to View Layout, Model View, and the model I'm going to choose is one right in the folder called 3.1. Go ahead and open that one here. I'm going to go ahead and turn the preview on so I can see which view I have. You can see here we've got a little bit of problem, right? As I'm trying to go import this model, the front view is really kind of spawn around and that's an issue.
So that's a first thing we need to do and fix is tell SolidWorks what the real front view this model is. So let's go ahead and exit out of that by hitting Escape. Let's go ahead and open up that file which is right here. All right. Click on No. Now we want that front view to be this, no, not that view there. So what we really want is we want this to be the front view but we want this surface here to be facing straight up. Click on Normal 2 and there you have it. So now that's the view I'm looking for from the sample exam.
So let's go ahead and assign that either a name to view or change the way the views are established. You can do that pretty easily under the View Orientation toolbar. Click on this little right arrow here. You can see here I can say that I'd like to update the Standard Views. Click on that and then select the View. I want that to be the front view. That's okay. So let's click on Yes. Now we've established that as the front view. You could also name this as a special save to view if you wanted to but either way it doesn't really matter.
Once you've got that view saved, now we could go back over that drawing. When we import that model view, here it is again. This time let's go to that front view in preview. It comes in in the right orientation which is exactly what we're looking for. Okay, so now we can easily create that dimension. So let's go ahead and move this up here. The next part we're going to have is this line here is not part of this view focus. So if I try to create dimension from here up to the line, from here up to the line. It's a little up. Sorry, we can't do that. It might give you some other dimension but it's not going to let me select that line.
So what I'm going to need to do is click on that line there to a Control + Cut or Control + X on my keyboard. Then select this View Focus here. I'm going to lock it on by double clicking. Then Control + V to paste that line back in. Now I can move the line around a bit if I'd like to but it doesn't really matter. Go ahead and choose the dimension now. I might go ahead and dimension from this line here up to that line there. Don't change this number by the way. Just make sure whatever number it gives you click on OK or the green check mark. Save that out and make sure you do have two place decimal.
The answer here is 20.85. If you look at the back of the sample exam, that is the correct answer. So we've done this problem correctly. There's a couple of little tricks on this one to know how to rotate that model around and then how to cut and then paste that line back in. Those are things you're definitely going to be seeing on the exam so make sure you're familiar with how to do both of those things.
- 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