CREATE A NEW FILE
Begin the tutorial by opening SolidWorks and selecting “new” from the “file” menu. Notice that “part” designatesa3-Drepresentation of a single design component.
Click on the sketch icon and select a plane of reference as shown in figure1. The box on the left hand side of the drawing has selection options. For the purpose of this part select the front plane. Notice in figure 2 that once the plane has been selected the origin remains visible, and the screen appears blank.
Placement of the origin with respect to the sketch is very important. Thus, the best placement for this part is bottom center.
CREATE AND DIMENSION CENTER LINE
Select “center line” from the menu options then click the origin and draw a vertical line upward. Select the smart dimension tool from the menu and click on both endpoints of the center line. Drag the dimension line away from the drawing as shown in figure3. The smart dimension tool allows the user to designate the exact length of the line required by double-clicking the dimension associated to the line drawn and entering the necessary value in the Modify box.
SAVE THE DRAWING as IntroEngr1
Enter 31.75mmfor this value. Click at any open point in the field to finalize the dimension change made. The lines will become black rather than light green. Additionally, find the command in the upper toolbar to “zoom to fit.”Figures4 and 5 below depict these settings.