Construction Geometry

You can convert sketch entities in a sketch or drawing to construction geometry. Construction geometry is used only to assist in creating the sketch entities and geometry that are ultimately incorporated into the part. Construction geometry is ignored when the sketch is used to create a feature. Construction geometry uses the same line style as centerlines.

Any sketch entity can be specified for construction. Points and centerlines are always construction entities.

The SOLIDWORKS software also has Reference Geometry (planes, axes, and so on) as a basis for creating features outside of sketches.

Converting Sketch Entities to Construction Geometry

To convert sketch entities to construction geometry:

In an open sketch, select one or more sketch entities and do one of the following:
  • Select For construction in the PropertyManager.
  • Click Construction Geometry Tool_Construction_Geometry_Sketch.gif on the Sketch toolbar.
  • Click Tools > Sketch Tools > Construction Geometry.
  • Right-click a sketch entity and select Construction Geometry (drawings only).