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SolidWorks® 2011 Parts Bible by Matt Lombard

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CHAPTER 15

Working with Drawing Views

IN THIS CHAPTER

Using common view types

Exploring other view types

Assigning hotkeys to View items

Sketching in a view versus sketching on a sheet

Working with view types, settings, and options tutorial

In SolidWorks drawings you do not create lines to create views. The drawing view is a snapshot of the 3D model from a particular point of view. To change the lines on the view, you have to change the 3D model; you do not just move lines around the view.

If you are coming from AutoCAD, this might seem a little bit confining. However, this method will become liberating rather than confining. It means that you do not have to worry about the drawing views being inconsistent or incorrect. All you have to worry about is the 3D model being correct.

SolidWorks automatically maintains the views better than you could do it manually. It can update any type of view from any point of view of even the most complex model or assembly geometry perfectly.

Creating Common View Types

The previous chapter discussed Pre-defined Views in templates. Pre-defined Views make it faster to automatically create drawings with consistently placed, simple views. However, sometimes you may need to create views on templates that do not have Pre-defined Views, or you may need a special arrangement of views. SolidWorks has a good assortment of view types to make practically any type of view that you may need.

Note

When creating or changing either the geometry or the settings ...

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