Did you know that some sketch relationships can be added simply by selecting a shared point common to 2 sketch entities? While we are all familiar with selecting 2 lines to make them perpendicular to each other or selecting a line and an arc to make them tangent, we can accomplish the same thing by simply selecting the common point shared by both entities.
Just pick on a point connecting 2 sketch entities and look at the relationships available in the pop-up. While some of these are for the point itself, others will be for the elements connected at that point.
Less Clicks, More Time
It’s the small things that can add up to make a big difference. While you are “only” saving a keyboard click and mouse click, think of how many times a day you add these relations and the clicks add up fast!
Available Since 2015
And if you’re wondering, “Had this always been in the software?” the answer is no, it’s relatively recent in the history of SOLIDWORKS: this behavior was added in SOLIDWORKS 2015.
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About the Author
This blog is authored by John Setzer, GSC’s Training Product Manager. John discovered his love of teaching early in life. He worked his way through college as a youth coach, umpire, and referee before earning his bachelor’s degree in education. As Training Manager at GSC, he has been sharing his SOLIDWORKS wisdom with GSC customers ever since – over 20 years! John is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE), a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor, and a Certified SOLIDWORKS Technician. As the only CSWE with a state certification in teaching, John is well-versed is teaching all types of learning styles. John is a regular contributor to the GSC blog, available at www.gsc-3d.com/blog.