When you open a new part document, first you create a sketch. The sketch is the basis for a 3D model. You can create a sketch on any of the default planes (Front Plane, Top Plane, and Right Plane), or a created plane.
No Solve Move lets you move sketch entities without solving the dimensions or relations in the sketch.
Inferencing displays relations by means of dotted inferencing lines, pointer display, and highlighted cues such as endpoints and midpoints.
There are two modes for sketching in 2D: click-drag or click-click.
You can transition from sketching a line to sketching a tangent arc, and vice versa, without selecting the arc tool.
You can use the Shaded Sketch Contours setting to view closed sketch contours and sub-contours as shaded entities. You can drag, resize, and apply relations to shaded sketch contours.
Select sketch contours and model edges, and apply features to them. This allows you to use a partial sketch to create features.
You exit a sketch when you create a feature from a sketched profile. For example, when you extrude a base, boss, or a cut from a sketch.
The SOLIDWORKS software supports two types of splines, B-splines and style splines.
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