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Mirror SolidWorks Sketches Quickly

by Jonathan Cubero, SolidWorks Specialist, TEDCF Publishing

Mirroring half of a SolidWorks sketch is a faster and more accurate way of creating symmetrical geometry. This article shows you how to do this automatically instead of manually sketching a symmetrical part.

Create a Sketch
The first step is to create a sketch of half the part. For this example, I will be using half of a symmetrical star. Note the vertical construction line. You will be mirroring the sketch using this vertical construction line.

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Select Entities to Mirror
While still in sketch mode, click on the Mirror Entities command.

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This brings up the “Mirror” properties in the Feature Manager.

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Select all the lines and they will appear in the “Entities to mirror:” window. The line numbers will vary depending on how many lines you’ve already sketched, so don’t worry if your line numbers aren’t the same as in the image.

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Select the Mirror Line
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