solidworks arc tutorial for beginners

We may need to draw an arc in many situations of a designing project. Drawing a complete circle is easy but drawing and defining an arc may need some practice so I decided to bring it in the beginner tutorials instead of complete circle. There are three kinds of arcs that we can draw in solidworks:

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As usual, the points presented in the icons demonstrate how to draw each arc. Each point in these icons represents a click of your mouse so we can draw the arcs as following:

Centerpoint arc:

  • First click: center of the arc
  • Second click: the starting point of the arc
  • Third click: the end point of the arc

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Tangent arc

There must be a line or edge for using this tool.suppose that you have a straight line like what is shown below. Click on the tangent arc button and move the cursor near the end of the line and clik on the endpoint and this becomes the starting point of the arc which is tangent to the line. Click again for the end point of the arc:

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3 point arc

As the name implies you can draw an arc by specifying three points:

  • First click: starting point of the arc
  • Second click: end point of the arc
  • Third click: the middle point of the arc

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