SolidWorks 2014 Sneak Peek: Sketch Picture Scale Tool

SolidWorks 2014 will be officially unveiled on September 9, and while you’re waiting for the big reveal, we’re going to give you a few peeks at some of the new features.

Many products start as concept sketches, either hand-drawn or with other digital rendering tools.  However, images do not contain to-scale information, which can lead to confusion when using them for building geometry. Users must determine if the image is out of scale, and if so, how far out of scale. The Sketch Picture Scale Tool makes it easy to properly scale the size and position of images inserted into a sketch, saving significant amounts of time and frustration.

Sketch Picture Scale Tool

This new tool allows users to make use of known reference points in the image, which often provide an understanding of size.  Using these known points, users simply enter the corresponding value–the image resizes accordingly.  Likewise, rotation of the image is provided within the same tool, to capture proper orientation of the sketch.

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Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.