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SolidWorks® 2011 Parts Bible by Matt Lombard

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CHAPTER 13

Using Hole Wizard and Library Features

IN THIS CHAPTER

Working with the Hole Wizard

Exploring library features

Creating library features

Examining Dissection feature

Working with library features tutorial

The SolidWorks Hole Wizard is an automated tool that helps you place standard-sized holes in parts

Library features are user-defined, and you might use them in a similar way to how you use the Hole Wizard. They can be automated to some extent, and can make use of configurations. This chapter contains the information you need to decide how to implement and use the Hole Wizard and library features in your work.

Using the Hole Wizard

imageThe Hole Wizard enables you to place holes for many types of screws with normal, loose, or close fits. You can create Hole Wizard holes as assembly features in an assembly or as features in individual parts that are built in the context of an assembly using the Series Hole functionality. This tool is called a wizard because it guides you through the process step by step. A summary of the workflow of creating a Hole Wizard hole is as follows:

  1. Pre-select the face to put the holes on, although this is not required. Versions after SolidWorks 2010 no longer require pre-selection to avoid 3D placement sketches; the Hole Wizard uses 2D sketches by default.
  2. Select the type of hole; for example, counterbored, countersunk, drilled hole, tapped hole, ...

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