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How Do I Use the Measure Tool in SOLIDWORKS

By Matt Kokoski on April 23, 2021

Taking measurements is common practice when modeling in SOLIDWORKS. This blog goes over the options that are available so you can leverage them into your everyday workflow. Let's take a look!SOLIDWORKS Evaluate Menu Most of the measurement tools in SOLIDWORKS can be found in the Evaluate menu within your assembly toolbar. You can also find this menu by scrolling to the bottom of the Tools pulldown menu where you'll find most of the measuring tools including the Measure option.

SOLIDWORKS Measurement DisplayAfter selecting Measure, the next step is to simply select the two items that you want to measure. For added efficiency, a new feature was recently added. The new feature is a window that opens and displays these measurements making it easier to highlight, view and copy the measurements. To measure circles or arcs, you have the option to choose between center to center, minimum distance, maximum distance or you can even set up a custom distance.

Moving outside of the Measure tool, there is a neat feature that a lot of people are not aware of. By holding down the Control key and selecting two items in your assembly, you will see the distances between the two items at the bottom of your screen. You can find another measurement option located in the Section Properties. By highlighting a particular face and opening Section Properties you can get just the properties for that face.

SOLIDWORKS Section Properties Window

If you haven’t had the chance to use it, be sure to check out the video below where we show you how the measure tool can be accessed at any time, providing a seamless uninterrupted workflow. 

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