SOLIDWORKS Instant 3D is quite useful when doing free form designs, which are designs that do not have specific dimensions. In this case, what the designer wants to do is basically get a model with the desired shape and then use this model to come up with the specific dimensions. The instant 3D feature works well on any part, whether it’s angular or it’s a part that has other internal features such as holes.
To best demonstrate this feature inside SOLIDWORKS, you need a part to work with. Go into SOLIDWORKS and create a new part, preferably one having the features stated above.
The Instant 3D feature can be found in the ‘features’ tab or by directly searching it in the commands window.
Click on it, and then select the top face of the part.
All the sketch and feature dimensions are suddenly exposed. The sketch dimensions are the ones in black, while the feature dimensions are the ones in blue. On either side of the dimension are toggle buttons that allow one play with the dimensions.
The green arrow at the top allows the designer to change the feature dimensions by simply dragging the arrow either up or down.
Notice that by simply holding on to this buttons and dragging them, you can adjust the dimension of any sketch.
This also works on hole features, where you can adjust the position of the hole and also its basic size.
As demonstrated above, you are able to do a lot of modification on your 3D model, just to improve the appearance, an important part of the free form design.
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