Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Sketch Relations, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- To prepare for taking the exam, we want to make sure we're very comfortable with sketch relationships. Let's go over a few. I have a couple different lines here on the screen. First things first. I'm going to click on this line here, hold down control, choose this line here and as soon as I release control it gives me this little in-context window that pops up. I also have the same relationships over here on the side. Collinear makes these two lines, one line. Or one line in a row. I can then move that line around. But no matter what these two lines are always going to be collinear.
How about equal? How about this line here? Hold down control, pick that line right there and release control and I get the option for equal. I can snap and point. So I can say this end point here is going to snap to the end there. I can take this end point here and snap that one to there. Now these are equal but they're not parallel. Let's go ahead and take this line here and make this one here. Let go of control . Say I want to make those parallel. Same thing on this one over here. I can grab this line here.
I can make it, for instance, horizontal. I can delete that if I don't want it. I can then move it around and I can say this line's gonna be vertical. Another option there. If I have a vertical relationship or a horizontal relationship, I can go and add other points to it. And grab this one here, drag that over there. I can use something like a horizontal here on the bottom to make a rectangle. I can say this line here and this line here are both equal.
I can take this point here and I can drag it to the origin and snap it on there. A lot of different things I can do with these relationships. I can create and delete relationships very easily. If you create a relationship and you don't want it, you can always just click on the line, click on the box next to the line and then just hit delete to remove that relationship. That way I can then move this around. I can move it. I can rotate the line. I can add a lot of different things to it. I can add a relationship. I can add a dimension. I can say this is going to be 70, and it pushes the whole design over.
There's a lot of different relationships. We can add a lot of relationships. We can remove. But adding relationships really saves us a lot of time in our design sketches because I'm not having to add excessive amounts of dimensions. I can just add more relationships to define my shape. Again, when we're creating sketches for the part adding a lot of relationships will help us make a more defined part. It's easy to modify from part to part throughout the exam.
Along the way, he'll cover creating effective sketches, using equations to modify parts, weighing parts, building assemblies, assigning the correct materials and units, and creating drawing views. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWA requirements review
- Working with sketch entities (Line, Circle, Rectangle, and Arc)
- Making offset, convert, and construction lines
- Reviewing the boss and cut features
- Sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Dimensioning techniques
- Setting mass properties
- Selecting and using materials
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings