How Do I Show Dimensions in SolidWorks Sketch?

Have you ever wondered how to show dimensions in SolidWorks sketch? It’s a common question among SolidWorks users, and fortunately, the software provides several options to accomplish this. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to show dimensions effectively in your sketches.

Method 1: Smart Dimension Tool

The most straightforward way to show dimensions in SolidWorks sketch is by using the Smart Dimension tool. This tool allows you to add dimensions to your sketch entities quickly.

To use the Smart Dimension tool:

  • Select the Smart Dimension tool from the Sketch toolbar or press “D” on your keyboard.
  • Select the sketch entity you want to dimension.
  • A dimension line will appear with a text box for entering the value.
  • Type in the desired dimension value and press Enter or click outside the text box.

You can repeat these steps for other sketch entities as needed. The dimensions will automatically update when you modify your sketch geometry.

Method 2: Display/Delete Annotations

If you have already created a sketch but forgot to show dimensions, don’t worry! SolidWorks allows you to display existing dimensions using the Display/Delete Annotations tool.

To display dimensions using this method:

  • Select the sketch you want to add dimensions to.
  • Go to the toolbar and click on Show, then select All Dimensions.

All dimensions within your sketch will be displayed. You can also choose individual dimensions by selecting specific entities and using the same process.

Method 3: Sketch Options

SolidWorks provides additional options to control dimension display within the Sketch Options menu.

To access the Sketch Options:

  • Right-click on the sketch you want to modify.
  • Select Properties.
  • A dialog box will appear with various options.

In the Dimensions tab of the dialog box, you can choose how dimensions are displayed. You can show or hide dimensions for specific entities or select the entire sketch. You can also modify dimension display settings such as text size, arrow style, and decimal precision.

Method 4: Sketch Text Tool

If you want more flexibility in displaying dimensions, you can use the Sketch Text tool. This tool allows you to add custom text labels to your sketch entities.

To use the Sketch Text tool:

  • Select the Sketch Text tool from the Sketch toolbar or press “T” on your keyboard.
  • Create a text box by clicking and dragging on your sketch plane.
  • Type in the desired dimension value or label.
  • You can modify the text properties using the toolbar at the top of your screen.

The advantage of using this method is that you have complete control over how your dimensions are displayed. You can place them next to specific entities or create separate annotation layers for clarity.

In Conclusion

Showcasing dimensions in SolidWorks sketches is essential for clear communication and ensuring accuracy in your designs. By utilizing the Smart Dimension tool, displaying existing dimensions, exploring sketch options, or using the Sketch Text tool, you can effectively show dimensions in your SolidWorks sketches. Experiment with these methods to find the one that best suits your needs and enhances your design workflow.