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Reuse SolidWorks Sketches and Save Time

by Jonathan Cubero, SolidWorks Specialist, TEDCF Publishing

Reusing sketches in SolidWorks saves time and makes your parts easier to edit. This article will show you how to reuse your sketches.

Follow the steps below to create this part. It has 2 Boss-Extrudes and 1 Extrude-Cut using only one sketch.

SolidWorks Reusing Sketches

Create the Sketch
Create this fully-defined sketch on the top plane using a Center Rectangle and 2 Circles and then exit out of Sketch mode.

SolidWorks Reusing Sketches

The sketch should automatically be selected. If it isn’t, select Sketch1 in the Feature Manager.

Extrude the Rectangle
On the Features tab, click the Extruded Boss/Base command.

SolidWorks Reusing Sketches

The Boss-Extrude properties will appear in the Feature Manager. Click in the Selected Contours window and set the Depth to 1 inch.

SolidWorks Reusing Sketches
SolidWorks Reusing Sketches

Now select the rectangle and a preview of the 1-inch extrude appears. Apply the command by clicking the green check or typing the Enter key.

SolidWorks Reusing Sketches
SolidWorks Reusing Sketches

Extrude the Large Circle
Expand Boss-Extrude1 and…

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