Category: Engineering

Solidworks Extrude Tutorial




                                                               SOLIDWORKS  EXTRUDE


Welcome to the very new topic of SOLIDWORKS. Now it’s time to rise from basics to the core Solidworks. If you have not read the basic tutorials, you are provided with the links at the end. This tutorial is on SOLIDWORKS  EXTRUDE FEATURE. This feature allows us to make a 3D model of a 2D sketch.


                                                                 EXTRUDED BOSS/BASE 

Extrude boss is a feature which will give thickness to the sketch. You can give thickness of your requirement by just entering the data into the dialogue box appearing at the left side of screen.

  • Draw a circle or any shape which you want to extrude. Give it proper dimension.

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Basics of Solidworks (2)




 In our last content we saw some of the basics of the solidworks; such as sketch and dimensioning. Now in this content we will see some of the important command manager tools and their roles in 3D modelling.

Command manager tools available on solid works screen:

  • Features
  • Sketch
  • Surfaces
  • Sheet metal
  • Evaluate
  • DimXpert

Let us see all of these tools one by one.



Features command tool is basically used to convert our sketch into 3D model. Many tools inside the features are available to assist this process. Here we can make different shapes of 3D models as per our requirement.

                   Features command tool manager (sub tools)


This tool is used to make sketches, which are the base of all the 3D models. Many shapes are available to in command tool bar.

                                  Sketch command tool bar

Tools like line, circle, rectangles, arc, splines, ellipse, slot, polygon, fillet & many more helps us to build the proper sketch.



      Surfaces is the tool which creates closed sketches which are non-intersecting. This allows to create different surfaces; also we can delete the unwanted interrupting surfaces very easily. Surfaces are used widely to make complicated designs with ease.

                                 Surfaces command tool bar

The surface tools are most likely to be similar with the Features tools. By using Thicken tool, one can make solid body from the thin surface. Major examples of surfaces tool are creating a car model, airplane model, mouse etc.



This is the trending tool now a days. All the parts of some specific machinery are being made by the help of this tool. Sheet metal command tool bar provides direct tool of some process such as bending, folding, flanges etc. These mentioned works can also be made with simple sketch and features but it is time consuming; whereas in sheet metal it can be done within a single click.  One of the common examples of sheet metals is CLAMPS which are used for mounting various equipment.

                                Sheet metals command tool bar



As the name itself says, Evaluate tool bar is used to evaluate various parameters & analysis of the 3D model. Here number of options are provided for making a perfect 3D model. Analysis of cut, thickness, deviation, part, geometry etc. can be done. We can also check the mass and section properties of body. Apart from this surface analysis can also be done from Zebra stripes to make A grade surface finish till some extent.

                                  Evaluate command tool bar



DimXpert provide perfect dimensions for the fabrication & tolerances to the model parameters. It gives 3D annotations to the model manually as well as automatically as per the user’s decision. We can also provide Datum to the model from which the dimensions can be drawn out. Scale changing can also be possible (many other options are also available for changing the scales).

                               DimXpert command tool bar


Solidworks Add-Ins enables us to perform advance options such as motion, rendering tool, circuit works, routing, flow simulation etc. Here we can give motion to our 3D model. Solidworks motion is directly available in a new window so that one can access both 3D model and motion file in one file.

                     Solidworks Add-Ins command tool bar



       Solidworks MBD manages the 3D annotations. This command tool is similar to the DimXpert; we can say that the Solidworks MBD is the extension of DimXpert tool.   We can make Bill of Materials (BOM), Design table, title block table etc. One can also make exploded view of assembly, capture 3D view and much more. We can also create additional notes to guide the fabricator.

                                 Solidworks MBD command tool bar


Things to keep in mind while using solidworks:

  • Verify the dimensions set on which you are working; choose proper set and then start modelling.
  • Giving dimensions to the sketch plays a vital role so give perfect measurements to the sketch and make it fully defined otherwise it will be an obstacle in your upcoming processes.
  • Maintain your feature manager design tree. Optimize the design tree by making the model in relatively less steps. This will give very less load on the software as well as the system.

The feature manager design tree is provided on the left hand side of the solidworks screen. This design tree contains all the steps which we have followed to design a model. One can directly modify a particular feature from this design tree.


  • Efficiently use the Heads-up bar available at the top of sketch window.

  • Make use of Solidworks tools library whenever needed. It is given at the right hand side of the screen.
  • Save the documents frequently.
  • Save the part files (give proper file name) in one folder so that it can be easily accessible at the time of assembly.

Apart from this customisation of tools can be possible as per our requirement. 

So, this time we had a brief overview of the command tool bars; next time we will see all these command tools in detail with their sub tools one by one.

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Basics of solidworks


                                INTRODUCTION TO SOLIDWORK

SOLIDWORKS is basically a 3D modelling software, developed by Dassault Systems which enables us to create a part, assembly and drawing of a particular application. It also provides a platform for analysis of the part/assembly to some extent. Furthermore we can also simulate the assembly and make it as a working model by giving motion. Apart from these above mentioned features of Solidworks; the software provides many more.


  • Solidworks comprises of three major sections

  1. In part section, sketch is created of the desired model with appropriate dimensions and parts are made with the help of different FEATURES which gives a real look to the part.
  2. In Assembly section, different parts are combined with the help of MATES to create whole assembly.
  3. In Drawing section, 2D drawing sheet is made which indicates proper dimensions of each and every part. Later this drawing sheet goes to the manufacturing unit so that actual product can be made as per the dimensions and shapes given in the drawing sheet.



  • Open the solidworks software, go to New and select PART.

  • After opening the part section, you will find the screen shown below.
  • You can see the menu bar comprising many options. Amongst them select SKETCH.
  • In sketch menu, there are many shapes given to sketch as per our requirement. We can easily identify the shape from the menu.
  • Before you start to sketch choose the appropriate plane i.e. Front plane, Right side plane and Top plane. Sketch planes are to be chosen according to the viewing side (plane) from which the viewer see. The plane options will the shown in left side of the editing window.

This is also one of the important thing of which one should take care while sketching; because the part will be made according to the plane chosen by you.

To select the plane, let’s say if we want to draw in front plane than: right click on front plane and select normal to button than start to draw.

Initially the plane will appear in isometric view so to bring the plane in to 2D view we use normal to option. This enables us to sketch with ease.


  • Another Important part of the sketch is to give dimensions to the sketch. As we come across the word dimension, the first thing comes to our mind is its unite. in which unit(s) sketch is sketched.
  • Solidworks also provides different triplets of units in length, weight and time. This allows us to dimension the sketch in our convenient units. 

MKS     (Meter, Kilometer, Second)

CGS      (Centimeter, Gram, Second)

MMGS (Millimeter, Gram, Second)

IPS        (Inch, Pound, Second)

  • We can select the units from the unit button given in bottom right corner in the editing window.
  • To give dimension click the respective line, or curve and just click at any point. To change the dimension double click the given dimension and edit the value.


Note:    This is the most important part of the sketch. Give proper dimensions to make your sketch fully defined.

  • We can see mainly three types of sketch status:       Under defined

Fully defined

Over defined   

WE can see the status of sketch in the bottom right most corner in the editing part window.     

a)  Under defined sketch indicates that the proper dimensions are lacking in the sketch. As a result the sketch will be of blue color.

 b)  Fully defined sketch indicates that the sketch is well dimensioned and here the sketch is shown in black color.

 c) Over defined sketch indicates that some of the dimensions are repeated and hence over defined. Here sketch will be of yellow or red color.

In our next content we will see different operations we can do with our sketch followed by the sketch features to make 3D part from a 2D sketch. We will also see what the other menu(s) does and its role in solid modelling apart from sketch.


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