How Do You Add a Leader to a Balloon in SolidWorks?

Adding a Leader to a Balloon in SolidWorks

SolidWorks is a powerful software that allows users to create and design 3D models with ease. One of the features in SolidWorks is the ability to add balloons to your drawings, which can be useful for labeling and identifying various components or parts. In this tutorial, we will focus specifically on how to add a leader to a balloon in SolidWorks.

To start, open your SolidWorks drawing and ensure that you have the desired view where you want to add the balloon. Now, let’s dive into the steps:

Step 1: Select the “Annotations” tab from the top menu and click on “Balloons.” This will activate the “Balloons” tool.

Step 2: Once you have activated the “Balloons” tool, you will notice that your cursor changes into a crosshair symbol. Move your cursor to the location where you want to place your balloon.

Step 3: Click once at the desired location to place your balloon. After clicking, you will notice that a balloon with a number appears at that location.

Step 4: To add a leader line to the balloon, hover over it until you see a circular handle appear at its base. Click and hold on this handle.

Step 5: While holding down your mouse button, drag the leader line towards an appropriate part or component that you want to associate with this balloon.

Step 6: Release your mouse button when you have aligned the leader line with the desired part. The leader line should now connect both the balloon and its associated component.

Note: You can adjust or modify various properties of balloons such as size, shape, text formatting, etc. by using options available in the Properties pane or right-clicking on individual balloons.

Now that you have successfully added a leader to your balloon, it is essential to understand some additional features and tips to enhance your SolidWorks experience:

Additional Features and Tips

Customizing Balloon Appearance

To customize the appearance of your balloon, such as changing its shape or color, right-click on the balloon and select “Properties.” In the Properties pane, you can modify various attributes like size, shape, color, font style, etc. to suit your preferences.

Creating Multiple Balloons

You can create multiple balloons in a drawing by repeating the steps mentioned earlier. Each balloon will have its own unique number that can help in identifying different components or parts.

Organizing Balloons with Lists

SolidWorks also allows you to organize your balloons using lists. To create a list of balloons, select multiple balloons by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking on each one.

Right-click on one of the selected balloons and choose “Create List.” This will group all selected balloons into a numbered list.

  • TIP: You can also use the “Auto Arrange” feature in SolidWorks to automatically arrange and distribute your balloons evenly.
  • TIP: If you want to remove a leader from a balloon or delete a balloon altogether, simply select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Now that you have learned how to add a leader to a balloon in SolidWorks and explored some additional features, you are ready to efficiently annotate your drawings with labeled components. Remember to experiment with different options and settings available in SolidWorks to achieve the desired appearance and organization of your annotations.

Happy designing!