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Part I

SolidWorks Basics

View, Sketch Relations

To see the sketch relations is one of the most obvious tools necessary for visualizing existing Design Intent. You can show or hide icons that represent the relations using the menu selection View, Sketch Relations. When shown, these relations appear as a small icon in a small colored box in the graphics area next to the sketch entity. Clicking on the icon highlights the sketch elements involved in that relation. Refer to Figures 1.19 through 1.25 for examples of these relations.

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View, Sketch Relations is an excellent candidate for use with a hotkey, thus allowing you to easily toggle the display on and off.

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For more information on creating and managing hotkeys, see Chapter 2, Navigating the SolidWorks Interface.

You can use the sketch relation icons that are visible on the screen to delete relations by selecting the icon and pressing Delete on the keyboard. You can also use them to quickly tell the status of sketch relations by referring to the colors defined earlier.

Display/Delete Relations

You can find the Display/Delete Relations tool on the Sketch toolbar or by selecting a sketch entity in an open sketch. The sketch status colors that were defined earlier also apply here, with the rela- tions appearing in the appropriate color. (Relations are not shown in blue or black, only the colors that show errors, such as red, yellow, pink, and brown.) This tool also allows you to group rela- tions by several categories:

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All in This Sketch

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Dangling

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Overdefining/Not Solved

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External

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Defined in Context

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Locked

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Broken

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Selected Entities

In the lower Entities panel, you can also replace one entity with another, or repair dangling relations.

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You can read more about repairing dangling entities in Chapter 11.

Suppressed sketch relations

Suppressing a sketch relation means that the relation is turned off and not used to compute the posi- tion of sketch entities. Suppressed relations are generally used in conjunction with configurations.

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