The move face tool is a tool within SOLIDWORKS that lets you extend an existing face on a model or solid body. This works much like the extrude feature command for creating solid bodies. In a way, it saves time required to edit the extrude feature and in turn speeds up the modelling process. It’s also a neat way of extending the body from any of its faces whether side, bottom, or top faces.
To be able to use of this feature, we must come up with a solid face. A square or rectangular box should do just fine, since it will enable you to use the feature on multiple faces.
Go into SOLIDWORKS and create a new part. Create a new sketch on the front plane and develop the sketch shown below.
Extrude this sketch over a length of say 100mm. Use the Extrude surface command under the features tab to do this.
Click on the green marker to create the part.
Next, go to feature tab to access the move face tool. You can alternatively search it in the command window. Clicking on the tool opens up the window below under the feature manager tree.
Notice that to move any face, the first thing you need to do is select the face and then use the arrows to drag the face to any side you desire, as shown below.
Notice you can choose the offset distance from the existing face. This becomes very useful since it allows extension of any of the surfaces making up the model.
With these simple steps, you can now use the move face tool.
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