Hide Table of Contents

Extrude PropertyManager

To open this PropertyManager:

  1. Create a sketch.
  2. Click one of the extrude tools:
    Extruded Boss/Base on the Features toolbar, or click Insert > Boss/Base > Extrude
    Extruded Cut on the Features toolbar, or click Insert > Cut > Extrude
    Extruded Surface on the Surfaces toolbar, or click Insert > Surface > Extrude

Set the PropertyManager options based on the type of extrude feature.


Sets the starting condition for the extrude feature.
  Sketch Plane Starts the extrude from the plane on which the sketch is located.
Surface/Face/Plane Starts the extrude from one of these entities. Select a valid entity for Surface/Face/Plane . The entity can be planar or non-planar. Planar entities do not have to be parallel to the sketch plane. The sketch must be fully contained within the boundaries of the non-planar surface or face. The sketch follows the shape of the non-planar entity at the starting surface or face.
Extrude feature  
Non-planar starting surface
Sketch entity
Vertex Starts the extrude from the vertex you select for Vertex .
Offset Starts the extrude on an plane that is offset from the current sketch plane. Set the offset distance in Enter Offset Value.

Direction 1

Some fields that accept numeric input allow you to create an equation by entering = (equal sign) and selecting global variables, functions, and file properties from a drop-down list. See Direct Input of Equations in PropertyManagers.
  Direction 1 Determines how the feature extends. Set the end condition type. If necessary, click Reverse Direction to extend the feature in the opposite direction from that shown in the preview.


Set the Depth .

Through All

Extends the feature from the sketch plane through all existing geometry.

Through All - Both

Extends the feature from the sketch plane through all existing geometry for Direction 1 and Direction 2.

Up to Vertex

Select a vertex in the graphics area for Vertex .

Up to Surface

Select a face or plane to extend to in the graphics area for Face/Plane . Double-click a surface to change the End Condition to Up to Surface, with the selected surface as the termination surface. If the sketch that you extrude extends outside of the selected face or surface body, Up To Surface can do some automatic extension of one analytic face to terminate the extrusion.

Offset From Surface

Select a face or plane in the graphics area for Face/Plane , and enter the Offset Distance . Select Translate surface to make the end of the extrusion a translation of the reference surface, rather than a true offset. If necessary, select Reverse offset to offset in the opposite direction. Example: Translate Surface

Up To Body

Select the body to extrude to in the graphics area for Solid/Surface Body . You can use Up To Body when making extrusions in an assembly to extend the sketch up to the selected body. Up To Body is also useful with mold parts, if the body you extrude to has an uneven surface.

Mid Plane

Set the Depth .

Direction of Extrusion Select a direction vector in the graphics area to extrude the sketch in a direction other than normal to sketch profile. Example: Specifying the Direction of Extrusion
  Flip side to cut (Extruded cuts only). Removes all material from the outside of the profile. By default, material is removed from the inside of the profile.
Default cut Flip side cut
  Normal cut (Sheet metal cut extrudes only). Ensures that the cut is created normal to the sheet metal thickness for folded sheet metal parts.
  Merge result (Boss/Base extrudes only). Merges resultant body into an existing body if possible. If not selected, the feature creates a distinct solid body.
  Link to Thickness (Sheet metal parts only). Automatically links the depth of an extruded boss to the thickness of the base feature.

The Link to thickness option in the Extrude PropertyManager lets you link the dimension of the present extrusion to the dimension of the existing extrusion to which it is coincident. If the depth of the original extrusion changes, the new one changes to match it.

This is available only when sheet metal features are present in the FeatureManager design tree. The Link to thickness option is useful in sheet metal parts because the part must be of uniform thickness.

Draft On/Off Adds draft to the extruded feature. Set the Draft Angle. Select Draft outward if necessary.
No draft
10° draft angle inward 10° draft angle outward

Direction 2

Set these options to extrude in both directions from the sketch plane. The options are the same as Direction 1.

Thin Feature

Use the Thin Feature options to control the extrude thickness (not the Depth ). A Thin Feature base can be used as a basis for a sheet metal part. Example: Extruding Thin Features
Thin Feature is required when using an open contour sketch. Thin Feature is optional when using a closed contour sketch.
  Type Sets the type of thin feature extrude.


Sets the extrude Thickness in one direction (outward) from the sketch.


Sets the extrude Thickness equally in both directions from the sketch.


Allows you to set different extrude thicknesses for Direction 1 Thickness and Direction 2 Thickness .

  Auto-fillet corners (Open sketches only). Creates a round at each edge where lines meet at an angle.

Fillet Radius

(Available if Auto-fillet corners is selected). Sets the inside radius of the round.

  Cap ends Covers (caps) the end of the thin feature extrude, creating a hollow part. You must also specify the Cap Thickness . This options is available only for the first extruded body in a model.

Selected Contours

bounding_ents.png Selected Contours Allows you to use a partial sketch to create extrude features from open or closed contours. Select sketch contours and model edges in the graphics area.

Example: Using Selected Contours in a Cut Extrude

Feature Scope

Specifies which bodies or components you want the feature to affect.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Extrude PropertyManager
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.