How Do I Make a Mesh in SolidWorks?

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a mesh in SolidWorks. A mesh is a network of interconnected nodes and elements that represent the geometry of a 3D object. The meshing process involves dividing the object into smaller elements to accurately capture its shape and properties.

Step 1: Open SolidWorks

To begin, launch SolidWorks on your computer. If you don’t have SolidWorks installed, make sure to download and install it from the official website.

Step 2: Create a New Part

Once SolidWorks is open, click on “New” to create a new part. Choose the desired template or select “Blank Part” if you want to start from scratch.

Step 3: Design Your Object

Now it’s time to design your object. Use the various tools and commands provided by SolidWorks to create your desired geometry. You can sketch 2D shapes and then extrude or revolve them to form 3D objects.


  • Use Sketch Tools: Utilize the sketch tools such as lines, circles, arcs, and splines to create precise geometries.
  • Create Reference Planes: Reference planes help in aligning and positioning your sketches accurately.
  • Add Dimensions: Add dimensions to your sketches for precise control over the size of your object.

Step 4: Access Mesh Tools

Once you have designed your object, navigate to the “Evaluate” tab in the SolidWorks toolbar. Click on “Simulation” and select “Mesh” from the dropdown menu. This will open up the meshing tools.

Step 5: Select the Geometry

In the meshing tools, choose the geometry you want to mesh. You can select individual features or the entire part depending on your requirements.

Step 6: Define Mesh Parameters

Next, you need to define the parameters for your mesh. This includes specifying the element size, element type, and other settings that affect the quality and accuracy of the mesh.


  • Element Size: The element size determines how finely or coarsely the geometry is divided into elements. Smaller elements provide higher accuracy but may increase computational time.
  • Element Type: SolidWorks offers different element types such as tetrahedral and hexahedral.

    Choose the appropriate type based on your object’s complexity and analysis requirements.

  • Boundary Layers: Boundary layers are used to capture thin regions or transitions in your object. They add additional layers of elements near the boundaries for better accuracy.

Step 7: Generate Mesh

Once you have defined all the necessary parameters, click on “Generate Mesh” to create the mesh for your object. SolidWorks will perform all the calculations and generate a mesh that represents your geometry.


  • Visualize Mesh Quality: SolidWorks provides tools to visualize and analyze mesh quality. Make use of these tools to ensure that your mesh is accurate and suitable for analysis.
  • Fine-tune Parameters: If you are not satisfied with the initial results, you can go back and adjust the mesh parameters to achieve the desired mesh quality.

Step 8: Review and Refine

Once the mesh is generated, review it to ensure that it accurately represents your object. Check for any errors or abnormalities in the mesh. If necessary, refine the mesh by adjusting the parameters and regenerate it.

Step 9: Save and Export

Finally, save your part with the mesh and export it in a suitable format for further analysis or use in other software.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a mesh in SolidWorks. Meshing is an essential step in many engineering applications as it enables accurate simulation and analysis of objects.

Remember to practice and experiment with different settings to become proficient in creating high-quality meshes. With time, you will develop an understanding of how different parameters affect the accuracy and performance of your meshes.

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