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Introducing SolidWorks

  • 21.

    Ctrl-select the three planes from the FeatureManager, RMB and select Show.

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    From the View menu, make sure that Planes is selected.

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    RMB on the Front plane and select Insert Sketch.

  • 24.

    Select the Line tool and click and drag anywhere to draw a line.

  • 25.

    Select the Smart Dimension tool and click on the line, then click in space in the Graphics Window to place the dimension. If you are prompted for a dimen- sion value, press 1 and click the checkmark, as shown in Figure 1.27.

FIGURE 1.27 Drawing a line and applying a dimension

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    Press Esc to exit the Dimension tool and RMB on the displayed dimension and select Link Value.

  • 27.

    Type thickness in the Name box, and click OK.

  • 28.

    Press Ctrl+B (rebuild) to exit the sketch, select the sketch from the FeatureManager, and press Delete on the keyboard.

This exercise of creating the sketch and deleting it was done only to get the link value “thickness” entered into the template. Once this is done, every part made from this template that uses an Extrude feature will have an option box for Link to Thickness, which allows you to automatically establish a thickness variable for each part you create. This is typically a sheet metal part feature, but it can be used in all types of parts. NOTE

  • 29.

    Click FileSave As and then select Part Template from the drop-down list. Ensure it is going into your template folder by giving it an appropriate name and clicking Save.

  • 30.

    Edit the material applied to change it from 1060 Alloy to Plain Carbon Steel, and save as another template with a different name.

  • 31.

    Change the primary units to millimeters with 2 places, and save as a third template file.

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    Exit the file.



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