SolidWorks 2013 Part I – Basic Tools Part 1

Starting a new Part:

- From the File menu, select New / Part, or click the New icon.

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- Select the Part template from either the Templates or Tutorial folders.

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- Click OK SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools2; a new part template is opened.

Changing the background color:

- From the View (Heads-up) toolbar, click the Apply Scene button (arrow) and select the Plain White option (arrow).

- By changing the background color to Plain White we can better see the colors of the sketch entities and sketch dimensions.SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools3

 - To show the Origin, click the View drop down menu and select Origins.

- The Blue Origin is the Zero position of the part and the Red Origin is the Zero position of a sketch.

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  Starting a new Sketch:

 - Select the Front plane from the Feature- Manager tree and click the Pencil icon SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools5 to start a new sketch.

- A sketch is normally created first, relations and dimensions are added after, and then it gets extruded into a 3D feature.

SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools6- From the Command- Manager toolbar, select the Line SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools7 command.

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SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools9Mouse Gesture

OPTION:
Right-Drag to display the Mouse Gesture guide and select the Line command from it. (See the Introduction section, page XVIII for details on customizing the Mouse Gesture).

- Position the mouse cursor at the Red Origin point, a yellow feedback symbol appears to indicate a relation (Coincident) is going to be added automatically to the 1 st endpoint of the line. This endpoint will be locked at the zero position

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 Using the Click + Hold + Drag technique:

- Click on the Origin point and holdthe mouse button to start the line at point 1, drag upwards to point 2, then release the mouse button.

SolidWorks 2013  Part I - Basic Tools12- Continue adding other lines using the Click-Hold-Drag technique.

- The relations like Horizontal and Vertical are added automatically to each sketch line. Other relations like Collinear and Equal are added manually.

- The size and shape of the profile will be corrected in the next few steps.

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