Did you know that some sketch relationships can be added simply by selecting a shared point common to 2 sketch entities? While we are all familiar with selecting 2 lines to make them perpendicular to each other or selecting a line and an arc to make them tangent, we can accomplish the same thing by simply selecting the common point shared by both entities.

Relationships Available

Just pick on a point connecting 2 sketch entities and look at the relationships available in the pop-up. While some of these are for the point itself, others will be for the elements connected at that point.

Less Clicks, More Time

It’s the small things that can add up to make a big difference. While you are “only” saving a keyboard click and mouse click, think of how many times a day you add these relations and the clicks add up fast!

Available Since 2015

And if you’re wondering, “Had this always been in the software?” the answer is no, it’s relatively recent in the history of SOLIDWORKS Nashville: this behavior was added in SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2015.

Relationship Examples

See the following examples:

And there you have it! Why don’t you consider signing up for one of our live online classes to learn even more? Just go to our class catalog, pick out your class, and I’ll see you online!


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About the Author

John Setzer

This blog is authored by John Setzer, GSC’s Training Product Manager. John discovered his love of teaching early in life. He worked his way through college as a youth coach, umpire, and referee before earning his bachelor’s degree in education. As Training Manager at GSC, he has been sharing his SOLIDWORKS Nashville wisdom with GSC customers ever since – over 20 years! John is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Nashville Expert (CSWE), a Certified SOLIDWORKS Nashville Instructor, and a Certified SOLIDWORKS Nashville Technician. As the only CSWE with a state certification in teaching, John is well-versed is teaching all types of learning styles. John is a regular contributor to the GSC blog, available at www.gsc-3d.com/blog.