Why do you need to consider adding a draft in your part? How can you create a draft in SOLIDWORKS part? Adding draft is extremely important to improve the moldability of your product. When you are developing your product for plastic injection, ignoring the draft can result in damaging your product and the mold itself.
In SOLIDWORKS, you can use a draft feature on your part by selecting faces and specifying the angle. You can also apply a draft as an option while creating an extruded base, boss and cut.
Draft in Extruded Base, Boss and Cut
When you create an extruded base, boss and cut, you can turn on the draft feature to easily create a draft angle. You can also change the draft direction by selecting the “Draft outward” option.
Creating a draft using Neutral Plane
By selecting a neutral plane as a type of draft, you can easily create a draft in SOLIDWORKS. You can just select a face or a plane as your neutral plane, change the direction of pull, specify a draft angle and select all the faces you need to draft from the PropertyManager.
Creating a draft using Parting Line
If you select the parting line as the type of draft, you can create a draft by selecting the edges of the parting line, specify the draft angle and select a face for the direction of pull from the PropertyManager. You can use a split line from curves in features toolbar so that you are able to select the edges for parting lines.
Creating a draft using Step Draft
The step draft has the same procedure in creating a draft. Unlike the parting line draft, the step draft create small faces that represent the steps. You can also select an option to taper steps or perpendicular steps.
Here is the result of step draft in the left side and parting line in the right side:
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