This video is an introduction into all the current sketching features in SOLIDWORKS xDesign.
- [Instructor] When starting any part we're generally going to start with a sketch. So let's go down to the tool bar and take a look at the Sketch tab. Now, for this video, we're going to start with half of the Sketch tab, and in the second video we're going to move on to the rest of the features. The first thing we want to do is Create or Edit a new sketch. So, I'm going to click on Create New Sketch, and pick this plane. You can see that the interface already orients it so that I'm working straight on, or normal, to it. I'm going to go over, click on the line feature, and just start drawing.
So I'm going to single click, and as I second click, it's going to end the line and start a new line and move along. If I double click, it ends the line that I was making. I can also click and hold down and drag to create a line, and then lift my left mouse button and it'll end the line. So click, drag and release to just make a single line, or single click, and you can make a continuous set of lines. If you come back onto a line and pull back out, you'll see that you can make an arc.
This is something that we've brought from SolidWorks. Bring it back one more time and you're back to a vertical line. So you can toggle back and forth there between arcs and lines. And then when you're done, you can just hit Escape. Moving along, we also have the Rectangles and the Center Rectangle available to us. Nothing too special here. We can simple single click, drag and drop to create our rectangle. Can do that with the Center Rectangle, as well.
Moving along, we also have Three Point Arc, Center Arc and Tangent Arc. So clicking on Three Point Arc, we simply select three points to create our arc, and you'll see we select the beginning point, the end point and then basically the radius. If we use the Center Arc, we choose the center, move out to make the radius and then draw the arc. I'm going to do that one more time over here.
Center point, second point, and then draw the arc that we want. Can also do a Tangent Arc. So at the end of this line I'm just going to draw an arc out, and you can see that that's tangent to the other line. Moving along, we can make a Center Circle or a Three Point Circle, pretty simple. Choose the center, drag out and second click again to end it. Three Point Circle, instead you choose the first point, the second point and then a third point to make a triangle, and define where the circle is.
Once all of these entities are created, you can grab them by their shaded contour and drag them and move them, if you like. And you'll notice that they have automatic relations that snap to other items inside of the sketch. The same is true with the rectangular sketch entities. I can grab the entities I've created and just drag them and drop them around without them resizing, which is something different. But, if I want to, I can put a dimension onto any of these, using the Dimension tool, and resize them, accordingly.
Moving along, we also have a Slot tool, and a Point tool, similar to other slot tools, you select the first point, second point and then the thickness of your slot. For the point you simply create points on the screen by single clicking and placing them. This can be useful when you want to use your whole feature later on. For the rest of the features, please proceed to the second video for Sketch tabs.
- Creating a 3D passport
- Using the collaborative space in 3DExperience
- Navigating the xDesign GUI
- Accessing the toolbar tabs
- Getting design guidance
- Creating profiles to customize input loads and constraints