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2D Drafting Overview

This overview lists typical 2D drafting tasks and applicable SolidWorks solutions. The tasks and solutions show how to create the following drawing.

See how to create this drawing from a 3D model .

Detailing and annotation tools are not used in this overview. For a step-by-step tutorial that highlights the SolidWorks detailing and annotation tools, see the Advanced Drawings tutorial by clicking Help, SolidWorks Tutorials , All SolidWorks Tutorials.

Task Categories

Creating a front view

Tasks

Solutions

Create the horizontal edges of the drawing view.

Sketch the bottom horizontal line with the Line tool and use the Offset Entities tool to create additional edges.

Create the vertical edges of the drawing view.

Sketch a symmetry line with the Centerline tool and use the Offset Entities tool to offset the centerline bi-directionally.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the corner and power trim options.

Corner

Power trim: click-click method

Power trim: drag method

 

Change line styles to indicate hidden holes.

Use the Line Style tool to change lines from solid to dashed.

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Creating a top view by projecting a front view

Before (front view)

After (front and top views)

 

Tasks

Solutions

Align the top view with the front view.

 

 

Sketch vertical infinite lines as projection lines with the Line tool.

Create the horizontal edges of the drawing view.

Sketch a horizontal symmetry line with the Centerline  tool to define the middle of the drawing view. Offset the centerline with the Offset Entities tool to create additional edges of the drawing view.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the trim away outside, corner, and power trim options.

Trim away outside

Corner

Power trim

 

Create a hole in the center of the drawing.

Use the Circle and Midpoint Snap tools to create a hole that snaps to the center of the drawing.

Midpoint snap

 

Circle

 

Delete excess lines.

Hold down Ctrl to select multiple lines and press Delete.

Change line styles to indicate hidden holes.

Use the Line Style tool to change lines from solid to dashed.

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Creating a right view by projecting a front and top view

Before (front and top views)

After (front, top, and right views)

 

Tasks

Solutions

Align the right view with the front and top views.

Use horizontal infinite lines as projection lines.

Create the vertical edges of the drawing view.

Rotate the projection lines (from the top view) -90° with the Rotate Entities tool.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the trim away outside, power trim, and corner options.

Trim away outside

Power trim

Corner

 

Change line styles to indicate hidden holes.

Use the Line Style tool to change lines from solid to dashed.

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Adding a slot to the top view

Before (top view)

After (top view)

 

Tasks

Solutions

Center the slot in the view.

Use the Centerline tool to create horizontal and vertical construction lines.

Create the horizontal edges of the slot.

Use the Offset Entities tool to offset the centerlines.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the power trim option.

Create an arc to enclose the slot.

Use the Tangent Arc tool.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the power trim option.

Create a symmetric slot on the opposite side of the drawing view.

Delete the vertical edge of the opposite side of the drawing view (to create a space for the slot), then use the Mirror Entities tool to mirror the slot.

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Projecting the slot to the front and right views

Before (front, top, and right views)

After (front, top, and right views)

 

Tasks

Solutions

Align the slot from the top view with the front view.

Use vertical infinite lines as projection lines.

Change line styles to indicate hidden slots.

Use the Line Style tool to change lines from solid to dashed.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the trim away outside option.

Align the slot from the top view with the right view.

 

Sketch horizontal infinite lines as projection lines, then rotate the lines -90° with the  Rotate Entities tool.

Delete excess sketch entities.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the trim away outside option.

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Creating a section view from the front view

Before (front view)

After (section view)

 

Tasks

Solutions

Delete the extra line in the drawing view to create a cross-section.

Use the Trim Entities tool with the trim away inside option.

Change line styles so that hidden holes and slots are shown.

Use the Line Style tool to change lines from dashed to solid.

Create a hatch pattern to indicate solid areas of the drawing view.

Use the Area HatchFill tool to apply crosshatch sections.

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