Chapter 16Working with Assembly Sketches and Layouts

When you're working on parts or assemblies, design work will often begin with 2D sketches. In the previous chapter, we used assembly sketches to drive patterns. You can follow through to 3D with data created in this phase by laying out the design as a sketch in the assembly before you start making actual 3D parts. When you use a single sketch or multiple sketches either as a visual guide or as a functional framework for a model, the visual guide is called a layout. Two-dimensional sketches are easy to produce and easy to use as the first step in design or modeling work. SolidWorks provides both formal and informal techniques for achieving this sort of effect.

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