Sketching Techniques to Save Time: System Options

By Ralph Gillis on June 25, 2021

Taking advantage of SOLIDWORKS Systems Options will make your work much easier and save you valuable time. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few choices available to you so that you can spend less time with tedious clicks and more time on designing. The options we’ll cover in this blog are: Auto-Rotate View, Create Sketch on New Part, Enable On-Screen Numeric Input on Entry Creation, and Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered. We’ll cover these time-saving sketching techniques and discuss the benefits of each.

Auto-Rotate View

The first option is the Auto-Rotate View. Under options for sketching, you will find an option called Auto Rotate View Normal to Sketch Plane on Sketch Creation and Sketch Edit. This means whenever you’re creating a new sketch or editing an existing sketch, the sketch will rotate normal to the screen. This is very convenient and useful if you're always reorienting your model. 

Create Sketch on New Part

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If you start a new part, activating this option will start you in Sketch mode in a Front plane by default. As you’re designing parts, if you frequently find yourself creating that first sketch on the front plane, this is a great way to save you a few tedious clicks right out of the gate.

Enable On-Screen Numeric Input on Entity Creation

SOLIDWORKS sketch-numeric-inputYou can open this option by right-clicking on your sketch and navigating to the Sketch Numeric Input icon at the top of the dialog box. To turn this on, navigate to your System Options > General > Sketch. Here you will check the box to Enable On-Screen Numeric Input. As you start to create geometry within your sketch, and before creating the sketch line, you can type in a value on the fly that is tied to the parameters not actually adding a dimension to it. We’ll cover adding dimensions in the next option


Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered

First, make sure this option is turned ON under System Options > Sketch. Check the box for Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered. Now, when you sketch a line and type in a value, your dimension is added with your sketch line.

Work smarter, not harder. These are just a few of the techniques you can take advantage of to improve your workflow so you can focus on your design instead of making tedious clicks that interrupt your concentration.

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