solidworks slot tutorial for beginners

When you are designing with solidworks there may be situations that you need a shape like this:

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And for drawing this shape you need to draw the lines and make them tangent with those arcs but it is a time consuming process. It is a standard shape of solidworks sketching elements and it’s called “slot”. You can draw various slot types easily by using slot button on sketch toolbar. Open a new sketch in solidworks and Click on the tiny triangle near the slot and explore the options you have:

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If you know how to create a rectangle in solidworks then you are familiar with the points shown in the icons. The points shown in the icons are the points that you need to click on the sketch to create the related slot. Check them out:

Straight slot:

  • First click: first arc center
  • Second click: second arc center

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Centerpoint Straight slot:

  • First click: the center of the slot
  • Second click: one of t6he arc centers

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3 point arc slot:

  • First click: first arc center
  • Second click: second arc center
  • Third click: the center of the slot

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Center point arc slot:

  •  First click: the center of reference circle
  • Second click: first arc center
  • Third click: second arc center

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Just imagine how many steps you should take to draw a shape like the final one. It is a very time saving tool.

 

 

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