Using Parametrics in Sketches Solidworks Tutorials

Sketching in SOLIDWORKS is the basis for creating features. Features are the basis for creating parts, which can be put together into assemblies. Sketch entities can also be added to drawings. What separates parametric CAD tools from simple 2D drawing programs is the intelligence that you can build in to a parametric sketch. In this tutorial, you learn some of the power that parametrics can provide in both structured using actual dimensions and unstructured changes. 1. Open a new SolidWorks document by clicking the New toolbar button or by choosing File, New. 2. From the list of templates, select a new part template, either inch or millimeter. 3. Press the Spacebar on the keyboard to open the View Orientation dialog box, and double click the Front view. 4. Right-click the Front plane in the FeatureManager, or whatever the first plane listed is, and select Sketch. 5. Click the View menu, and make sure the Sketch Relations item is depressed. This shows small icons on the screen to indicate when parametric relations are created between sketch entities. 6. Click the Circle from the Sketch toolbar, choose Tools, Sketch Entities, Circle. 7. Sketch a circle centered on the Origin. With the Circle tool activated, click the cursor at the Origin in the graphics area. The Origin is the asterisk at the intersection of the long vertical red arrow and the short horizontal red arrow. After clicking the first point, which represents the center of the circle, move the cursor away from the Origin, and click again, which will establish the radius of the circle.  8. Deactivate the circle by clicking its toolbar icon or pressing the Esc key on the keyboard. Now click and hold the cursor on the circle, then drag it to change the size of the circle. The center of the circle is locked to the Origin as the Coincident icon near the Origin appears. The radius is undefined, so it can be dragged by the cursor. If the centerpoint were not defined, the location of the center of the circle could also be dragged.

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Customizing Toolbars Unigraphics Utility NX

The display of the toolbars as well as the display of each element within a toolbar may be customized. The display of a toolbar may be controlled in one of two ways: 
-Choose Tools→Customize from the main menu bar to access the Customize dialog. On the Toolbars page, choose the check box next to the toolbar name to display or hide it. The toolbars with a check are currently displayed. 
-Use the Third Mouse Button (MB3) within the NX window but outside the graphics window, to display a menu of all toolbars. The toolbars listed with a check box are displayed. Choosing a toolbar name with the First Mouse Button (MB1) will turn it on or off. The Customize option may be selected to access the Customize dialog 
-To turn on and off the display of icons within a toolbar, select the Toolbar Options area of the toolbar and choose Add or Remove Buttons, and the toolbar name. This will display a cascading menu with all of the available icons for the toolbar. Placing a check in the box next to the command will immediately display the icon in the appropriate toolbar. Removing the check will hide the icon.

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Shortcut Keys Anchor Dockable Windows AutoCAD

The palette edge is the docking anchor. Once snapped together, you can drag all of them at once, provided you grab the palette at top left. The ability to anchor dockable windows is one of the best new features in AutoCAD. In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a proliferation of dockable windows in recent AutoCAD releases. These include the following: a Advanced Settings Dialog Command Line, Dashboard, dbConnect Manager, Design Center, External References, Info Palette, Lights In Model, Materials, Markup Set Manager, Properties, Quick Calculator, Sheet Set Manager, Sun Properties, Tool Palettes, Visual Style Manager. With all these dockable windows competing for space on screen, there is now officially no room left for drawing. Autodesk probably figured that it couldn’t just tell everyone to go out and buy three more monitors, so it invented the anchor feature. Right-click the vertical title bar of any palette (or, more correctly, dockable window), and toggle on Allow Docking, if it’s not already on. Repeat, and choose Anchor Left or Anchor Right. The best thing about anchoring is that you can anchor multiple dockable windows on each side of the screen without sacrificing any more pixels. Hover the mouse over any labeled anchored dock, and the associated palettes expand, filling all the available space. Anchoring is the most efficient way to work with dockable windows. Try anchoring as many palettes on the edges of the screen as your display resolution allows. You’ll have instant access to most of the UI without having to hunt for palettes in the menu or, worse yet, try to remember shortcut keys.

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Sketching Dimensioning and Creating a Hole

Sketching a Hole
Create a circle for the center hole
Click Extruded Cut on the Features toolbar
Select the top face of the part
Click Top on the Standard Views toolbar
Click Circle on the Sketch toolbar
Move the pointer over the origin.The pointer changes to
Click to place the center of the circle
Move the pointer to create the circle.
Click to finish the circle and click OK in the PropertyManager

Dimensioning the Hole Sketch
Click Smart Dimension on the Sketch toolbar
Select the circle.3.Move the pointer and click to place the dimension
In the Modify box, type 25, then click OK and click in the graphics area

Creating a Hole
click exit sketch
click trimetric
in the propertymanager, under direction1, select through all for end condition
click OK.

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