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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Toolbars and commands Solidworks Desktop

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When we open a new Part document you get additional toolbars and pull-down menus. Toolbars and commands are context sensitive. The commands that are available and related to what the user is doing are in color and the commands that are not available are shown gray. A new toolbar is the View Heads Up toolbar, at the top-center of the Graphics Area . It can be customized, as we shall see later. The question mark at the lower-right corner can be clicked to get help. SolidWorks Desktop for a New Part Document 1.SolidWorks logo 2.Main Drop-down Menu 3.Quick Access Toolbar 4.File name 5.SolidWorks search 6.Help  & Minimize/Maximize/Close window 7.CommandManager 8.CommandManager toolbars tabs 9. Feature/Property/Configuration managers tabs 10.File name  11.FeatureManager Design Tree  12.Origin  13.View Heads-Up toolbar  14.Minimize/Maximize/ Close window  15.Task pane  16.SolidWorks command description 17. Reference triad 18.SolidWorks status bar & units selection 19.Quick tips  20.Graphic.

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Learning to Use Sketch Relations 3D Solidworks

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While it is useful to read through the definitions and functions of all the sketch entities, tools, and relations, using your mouse to create is what this is all about. This tutorial makes sure that you get to know all the major functions in SolidWorks sketches. Almost every part that you build will start with a sketch, so this is a skill worth mastering. Follow these steps to learn about sketch relations: Open a new part using a template that you set up in the Template tutorial from Chapter 1. If you do not have this template, there is one provided for you on the CD-ROM named BibleInchTemplate.prtdot. Copy it to your templates folder and use it to create a new part. You may also use a SolidWorks default template. Select the Front plane in the FeatureManager, and click the Sketch button on the Sketch toolbar. Click the Line tool from the Sketch toolbar. Move the cursor near the Origin; the yellow Coincident symbol appears. Draw a line horizontal from the Origin. Remember that there are two ways to sketch the line: Click+click or click and drag. Make sure that the line snaps to the horizontal and that there is a yellow Horizontal relation symbol. The PropertyManager for the line should show that the line has a Horizontal relation. Also notice that the line is black, but the free endpoint is blue (after you hit Esc twice to clear the tool, then clear the selection). This means that the line is fully defined except for its length. You can test this by dragging the blue endpoint. Click the Smart Dimension tool on the Sketch toolbar, use it to click the line that you just drew, and place the dimension. If you are prompted for a dimension, type 1.000. If not, then double-click the dimension; the Modify dialog box appears, enabling you to change the dimension. The setting to prompt for a dimension is found at Tools ➪ Options ➪ General, Input Dimension Value. Draw two more lines to create a right triangle to look like Figure 3.40. If the sketch relations symbols do not show in the display, turn them on by clicking View ➪ Sketch Relations. You may want to set up a hotkey for this, because having sketch relations is useful, but often gets in the way. Note that the sketch relation symbols may also be green, depending on how your software is installed. Drag the blue endpoint of the triangle. Dragging endpoints is the most direct way to change the geometry. Dragging the line directly may also work, but this sometimes produces odd results. The sketch leaves a ghost when dragging so that you can see where you started. Note that the setting for leaving a ghost when dragging a sketch is found at Tools, Options, Sketch, Ghost Image On Drag. Click the Smart Dimension tool, and then click the horizontal line and the angled line. This produces an angle dimension. Place the angle dimension and give it a value of 30°. Click the Sketch Fillet tool, set the radius value to 0.10 inches, and click each of the three endpoints. Where the 1.000-inch dimension connects to the sketch, SolidWorks has created virtual sharps. Figure 3.41 shows the sketch at this point. You may now want to turn off the Sketch Relations display because the screen is getting pretty busy. You can find this setting at View >Sketch Relations.

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