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SolidWorks Tutorials 6: Slot Sketching Tool

Do you know how to do slot sketching in SolidWorks graphics area? The slot tool contains mainly two types and are straight and arc slots. In the 7th part of SolidWorks Tutorial, you are going see how to straight and arc slots, which are explained with aid of images and also explains the slot property manager in detail.

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Note: You can control the dimension of the arc by using “Slot Property manager” or using “Smart Dimension Tool

SolidWorks Tutorials 6: How to Use Slot Sketching Tools

The straight slots and arc slots are main two type’s slots tool inside the SoildWorks Sketch. Like, different rectangle/arc drawing methods, slots tools contains 3 point and centerpoint drawing methods. Let see each one of them in detail.

Note: This is just tutorial showing how to use slot tool, not showing any product drawing or designing in it. If you are advanced SolidWorks user please avoid it. This Solidworks tutorial is for beginners, students or people likes to learn about SolidWorks.

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SolidWorks Tutorials 6: How to Draw Straight Slot

Using the “Straight Slots” tool, you can draw linear slots on the sketch entity. Two of the drawing methods are Straight slots and Centerpoint slots. These slots have additional option in property manager menu like center to center and overall length setting.

Step 1

Open the Solidworks and New part File. If you don’t know it, Read How to Create New Part File. Select the Plane (e.g. Top Plane) and normalize using the “Normal To” Button.

Step 2

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You can access the “Straight Slots Tool” button from the command manager and Menubar. Click on the Straight slot button to select it which is shown in the above figure.

Step 3

To draw the straight slot you have to select 3 points.

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Drag the mouse pointer to sketch area and click the mouse left button to set the “Point 1” which is shown in the above figure.

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Drag the pointer to left side (in figure) to set the “point 2”.

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Again drag it to set the “point 3” and that way you can complete the Straight slot drawing.

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Additional Info: Slot Property Manager

solidworks-straight-slot-property-manager-141x300The property manager of slots sketching tools helps to adjust the dimensional and their positions in the X-Y axis or plane. Let us see the each components of the property manager menu.

Slot Type: In this section, you can select any rectangle type such as straight, centerpoint straight, 3 point arc and centerpoint arc slot.

Existing Relations: If you select the each portion of the slot by using “select” tool, you can see the existing relations.

Parameters: here you set the dimension of your slot dimensions and position on the plane you selected.

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