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Learning Objectives
• Create a reference plane.
• Create a reference axis.
• Create reference points.
• Create a reference coordinate system.
• Create a model using advanced Boss/Base options.
• Create a model using the contour selection technique.
• Create a cut feature.
• Create multiple disjoint bodies.

 IMPORTANCE OF SKETCHING PLANES


• Most mechanical designs consist of multiple sketched features

• These features lie on different planes

Figure 1 A multifeatured Figure 2 Base feature of Figure 3 Model after


model the model adding other features

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 REFERENCE GEOMETRY
• Reference Planes
• Default Planes
• Front plane
• Top plane
• Right plane

Figure 4 Tools in the


Reference Geometry
flyout

• Creating New Planes


CommandManager: Features > Reference Geometry flyout > Plane
SolidWorks menus: Insert > Reference Geometry > Plane
Toolbar: Reference Geometry > Plane

Figure 5 The Plane PropertyManager

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• Creating a Plane at an Offset from an Existing Plane or a Planar Face

Figure 6 Selecting the plane Figure 7 Resulting Plane

• Creating a Plane Parallel to an Existing Plane or a Planar Face and


Passing through a Point

Figure 8 Selecting a planar Figure 9 Resulting


face and a vertex plane

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• Creating a Plane at an Angle to an Existing Plane or a Planar Face

Figure 10 Selecting the edge Figure 11 Resulting


and planar face plane

• Creating a Plane Passing through Lines/Points

Figure 12 Selecting the edge Figure 13 Resulting plane


and a vertex

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Figure 14 Selecting the vertices Figure 15 Resulting plane

• Creating a Plane Normal to a Curve

Figure 16 Edge to be selected Figure 17 Resulting plane

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• Creating a Plane on a Non-Planar Surface

Figure 18 Plane created Figure 19 A point and the surface


on a non planar surface on which plane is to be created

• Creating a Plane in the Middle of Two Faces/Planes

Figure 20 References to be selected Figure 21 Resulting plane

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• Creating Reference Axes


CommandManager: Features > Reference Geometry flyout > Axis
SolidWorks menus: Insert > Reference Geometry > Axis
Toolbar: Reference Geometry > Axis

Figure 22 Partial view of the


Axis PropertyManager

• Creating a Reference Axis Using One Line/Edge/Axis

Figure 23 Line to be selected Figure 24 Resulting


reference axis

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• Creating a Reference Axis Using Two Planes

Figure 25 Planes to be Figure 26 Resulting


selected reference axis

• Creating a Reference Axis Using Two Points or Vertices

Figure 27 Vertices to be Figure 28 Resulting


selected reference axis

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• Creating a Reference Axis Using Cylindrical or a Conical Surface

Figure 29 Cylindrical face Figure 30 Resulting


to be selected reference axis

• Creating a Reference Axis on a Face/Plane Passing Through a Point

Figure 31 Point and face Figure 32 Resulting


to be selected reference axis

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• Creating Reference Points


CommandManager: Features > Reference Geometry flyout > Point
SolidWorks menu: Insert > Reference Geometry > Point
Toolbar: Reference Geometry > Point

• Creating a Reference Point at the Center of


an Arc or a Curved Edge

Figure 33 Reference point at Figure 34 The Point


the center of a curved edge PropertyManager

• Creating a Reference Point at the Center of a Face


• Creating a Reference Point at the Intersection of Two Edges, Sketched
Segments, or Reference Axes
• Creating a Reference Point by Projecting an Existing Point
• Creating Single or Multiple Reference Points Along the Distance of a
Sketched Curve or an Edge
• Along curve distance or multiple reference point
• Distance
• Percentage
• Evenly Distribute
• Enter the number of reference points to be created along the selected entity

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• Creating Reference Coordinate System


CommandManager: Features > Reference Geometry flyout >
Coordinate System
SolidWorks menu: Insert > Reference Geometry > Coordinate System
Toolbar: Reference Geometry > Coordinate System

Figure 35 The Coordinate


System PropertyManager

 ADVANCED BOSS/BASE OPTIONS


• From

Figure 36 The From rollout of the


Boss-Extrude PropertyManager

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The option available in the From rollout are:


• Sketch Plane
• Surface/Face/Plane

Figure 37 Sketch to be Figure 38 Resulting extruded feature


extruded and a reference
face to be selected

• Vertex

Figure 39 Sketch to be extruded and Figure 40 Resulting extruded


a reference vertex to be selected feature

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• Offset

Figure 41 Sketch being extruded Figure 42 Resulting extruded


using the Offset option feature

• End Condition
The various options available in the End Condition drop-down list are:
• Through All

Figure 43 A sketch drawn Figure 44 Sketch extruded using


at an offset distance from the Through All option
the right planar surface

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• Up To Next

Figure 45 A sketch drawn on the Figure 46 Sketch extruded using


Right Plane for extrusion the Up To Next option

• Up To Vertex

Figure 47 Sketch drawn on a plane Figure 48 Sketch extruded


created at an offset distance and a using Up To Vertex option
vertex to be selected

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• Up To Surface

Figure 49 Sketch drawn on a plane Figure 50 Sketch extruded using


created at an offset distance and a Up To Surface option
surface to be selected`

Figure 51 Profile to be revolved Figure 52 Preview of the revolved feature


when Up To Surface is selected

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• Offset From Surface

Figure 53 Surfaces with true Figure 54 Surfaces with true


projection and translation projection and translation

Figure 55 Sketch extruded using Offset Figure 56 Sketch extruded using Offset
From Surface option with the Translate from Surface option with Translate
surface check box cleared surface check box selected

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• Up To Body

Figure 57 Sketch to be extruded Figure 58 Sketch extruded using


and the body to be selected for the Up To Body option
the extrude feature

• Direction of Extrusion

Figure 59 Sketch to be extruded Figure 60 Resulting extruded


and the direction of extrusion feature

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 MODELING USING THE CONTOUR SELECTION


METHOD

Figure 61 Multi-featured Figure 62 Sketch for creating Figure 63 Contour selected


solid model the model for creating the extruded
feature

Figure 64 Isometric view of the


feature created by extruding the
selected contour

Figure 65 Contour selected


for the second feature Figure 66 Final model

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Figure 67 Line drawn Figure 68 Selecting the Figure 69 Extruded feature


on the top face of a contour formed by the line created using the model
rectangular model and the model edges edges as a part of the
contour

Figure 70 Revolved feature created using


the model edges as a part of the contour

 CREATING CUT FEATURES


• Creating Extruded Cuts
CommandManager: Features > Extruded Cut
SolidWorks menu: Insert > Cut > Extrude
Toolbar : Features > Extruded Cut

Figure 71 The Cut-Extrude


PropertyManager

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Figure 72 The preview of Figure 73 Cut feature


the cut feature added to the model

• From

Figure 74 Sketch to be extruded Figure 75 Resulting extruded


and the reference face cut feature

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• Direction 1
• End Condition
• Flip Side to Cut
• Draft On/Off

Figure 76 Cut feature created Figure 77 Cut feature created


with the Flip side to cut with Flip side to cut check
check box cleared box selected

Figure 78 Cut feature with Draft Figure 79 Cut feature with Draft
outward check box cleared outward check box selected

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• Thin Feature
• Creating Multiple Bodies in the Cut Feature

Figure 80 Sketch created for Figure 81 Multiple bodies created


the cut feature using the cut feature

Figure 82 The Bodies Figure 83 The Bodies to Keep dialog


to Keep dialog box box with the Selected bodies radio
button selected

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Figure 84 Sketch to create a Figure 85 A thin cut feature created


cut feature using the Thin with all the resulting bodies retained
Feature option

• Creating Revolved Cuts


CommandManager: Features > Revolved Cut
SolidWorks menu: Insert > Cut > Revolve
Toolbar: Features > Extruded Cut > Revolved Cut

Figure 86 The Cut-Revolve Figure 87 Sketch for the Figure 88 Resulting cut
PropertyManager revolved cut feature feature with a texture

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 CONCEPT OF THE FEATURE SCOPE


• After creating two or more than two disjoint bodies, when you create another feature,
a Feature Scope rollout is displayed in the Cut-Revolve PropertyManager.
• The feature scope option is used with the Extrude boss and cut, Revolve boss and
cut, Sweep boss and cut, Loft boss and cut, Boss thicken, Surface cut, and Cavity
features.

 Tutorial 1
In this tutorial, you will create the model shown in Figure 89. The dimensions of the
model are also shown in Figure 90. Create the model by extruding the contours of
the sketch. (Expected time: 30 min)

Figure 89 Solid model for Tutorial 1 Figure 90 Dimension and views for Tutorial 1

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1. Create the sketch on the default plane and apply the required relations and dimensions,
refer to Figure 91.

Figure 91 Fully defined sketch for


creating the model

2. Invoke the Extrude Boss/Base tool and extrude the selected contour, refer to Figures 92
and 93.

Figure 92 Lower rectangle Figure 93 Base feature of the model


selected as a contour

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3. Select the second set of contours and extrude them to the required distance, refer to
Figures 94 and 95.

Figure 94 Middle contour is selected Figure 95 Second feature created


using the contour selection tool by extruding the middle contour

4. Select the third set of contours and extrude them to the required distance, refer to
Figures 96 and 97.

Figure 96 The right and left Figure 97 Final solid model


contours selected

5. Save the document and then close the document.

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 Tutorial 2
In this tutorial, you will create the model shown in Figure 98. You will use a
combination of the conventional modeling method and the contour selection method to
create this model. The dimensions of the model are shown in Figure 99.
(Expected time: 30 min)

Figure 98 Solid model for Figure 99 Drawing views of the solid model
Tutorial 2

1. Draw the sketch of the front view of the model, refer to Figure 100.

Figure 100 Fully defined sketch

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2. Extrude the selected contours, refer to Figures 101 through 103.

Figure 101 Lower rectangle


selected as a contour

Figure 102 Base feature created after Figure 103 Model created
extruding the selected contour after extruding all contours

3. Add the recess feature to the model by drawing the sketch on the right planar face,
refer to Figures 104 and 105.

Figure 104 Sketch for the cut feature Figure 105 Cut feature added
to the model

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4. Create four holes using the cut feature on the top face of the base feature, refer to
Figures 106 and 107.

Figure 106 Holes sketched for Figure 107 Final solid model
cut feature

5. Save and close the document.

 Tutorial 3
In this tutorial, you will create a model whose dimensions are shown in Figure 108. The
solid model is shown in Figure 109. (Expected time: 30 min)

Figure 108 Dimensions of the model Figure 109 Solid model


for Tutorial 3

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1. Create the base feature by extruding the sketch drawn on the Front Plane, refer to
Figures 110 and 111.

Figure 110 Sketch of the base Figure 111 Base feature


feature of the solid model

2. Extrude the sketch created on the Top Plane to create a cut feature, refer to Figures 112
through 114.

Figure 112 Point to be selected

Figure 113 Sketch for cut feature Figure 114 Cut feature added
to the base feature

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3. Create a plane at an offset distance of 150 from the Top Plane.

4. Draw a sketch on the newly created plane and extrude it to the selected surface, refer to
Figures 115 and 116.

Figure 115 Sketch created on the Figure 116 Sketch extruded


newly created plane up to a selected surface

5. Create a contour bore using the cut revolve option, refer to Figures 117 and 118.

Figure 117 Fully defined sketch for Figure 118 Counterbore hole added
counterbore hole using the Cut-Revolve tool

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6. Create the holes using the cut feature, refer to Figures 119 and 120.

Figure 119 Fully define sketch for Figure 120 Final model
the cut feature

7. Save the document and close it.

 Exercise 1
Create the solid model shown in Figure 121. The dimensions of the model are given in
Figure 122. (Expected time: 30 min)

Figure 121 Model for Exercise 1 Figure 122 Dimensions of the model for
Exercise 1

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 Exercise 2
Create the model shown in Figure 123. The dimensions of the model are given in
Figure 124. (Expected time: 30 min)

Figure 123 Model for Exercise 2 Figure 124 Dimensions of the model for
Exercise 2

 Exercise 3
Create the model shown in Figure 125. The dimensions of the model are given in the
same figure. (Expected time: 30 min)

Figure 125 The model and its dimensions for Exercise 3

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