What do you do when you need to create an angle dimension at 180 degrees? Maybe you need a 180 degree angle driving dimension between two sketch lines for sketch mechanisms. Maybe you just want to show the relationship between two parts of an assembly at a particularly point in their motion relative to each other, expressed … Continue reading “Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 5 – Take a 180”
Previous releases of SOLIDWORKS introduced linear dimensions in sketches that can be applied symmetrically when created across a centerline. Further enhancements saw smarter behavior, where the selected centerline is remembered for multiple dimensions created in sequence. For SOLIDWORKS 2015, you can create multiple half and full symmetric angular dimensions without selecting the centerline each time. … Continue reading “Year of the Angle Dimension (Part 4): Symmetricality”
When you use angles that are set to deg/min and deg/min/sec, there are often times when you’ll have zero (0) for one of the levels of units. For example, an angle may be 43 degrees, 0 minutes and 20 seconds. This is displayed as 43° 0′ 20″. For many people, the 0 minutes is redundent … Continue reading “Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 3 – Goodbye Zero”
In SOLIDWORKS 2015, there are two methods to change (flip) an angle dimension. Vertically Opposite Angle You can now flip any placed angle dimension to its vertically opposite angle. This is useful when you wish to place the entire angle dimension outside of the model edges. Right-click on the angle to bring up the right-click … Continue reading “Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 2 – Flipping out (and over)”
There was a heavy focus on expanding functionality of angle dimensions using the Smart Dimension tool in SOLIDWORKS 2015. These enhancements streamline drawing detailing and sketch creation tasks. Here’s the first of such enhancements. There is a long standing request for the ability to apply angle dimensions where one ray is aligned to geometry (model … Continue reading “Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 1 – Imaginary Rays”
Uncommonly known types of related angles, and their SOLIDWORKS support. Some may surprise!