How Do You Change the Size of a Part in SolidWorks?

Are you struggling with changing the size of a part in SolidWorks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of resizing a part in SolidWorks using a variety of techniques and tools.

Method 1: Using the Scale tool

If you want to change the size of a part uniformly, the Scale tool is your best bet. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Select the part you want to resize.
  2. Go to the Features tab in the Command Manager.
  3. Click on the Scale tool.
  4. A dialog box will appear where you can specify the scaling factor.
  5. Type in the desired scaling factor and click OK.

This will uniformly scale your part by the specified factor.

Method 2: Using Dimensions

If you need more control over individual dimensions of your part, you can use this method:

  1. Select the dimension(s) that you want to change.
    • You can select multiple dimensions by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting them.
  2. Type in the new value(s) for the dimension(s).
    • If you want to maintain proportions, make sure to set dimensions proportionally. For example, if you increase one dimension by 10%, make sure to increase all related dimensions by the same percentage.

This method gives you precise control over individual dimensions, allowing you to resize your part as needed.

Method 3: Using the Move/Copy Bodies tool

If you want to resize a specific portion of a part without affecting the entire geometry, the Move/Copy Bodies tool is your go-to option. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the bodies or faces that you want to resize.
  2. Click on the Move/Copy Bodies tool.
  3. In the Move/Copy Bodies PropertyManager, specify the desired translation or scaling factors.
    • You can choose to translate, rotate, or scale the selected bodies or faces.
    • If you want to scale, select the appropriate scaling option and enter scaling factors for each axis.
  4. Click on OK to apply your changes.

This method gives you precise control over resizing specific portions of your part while leaving others untouched.

Tips and Tricks:

Avoid Scaling Sketches:

Note: When using any of these methods, be cautious about scaling sketches. Scaling sketches can lead to unintended consequences and distortions in your model. It’s advisable to make changes directly in features instead of scaling sketches whenever possible.

Create Configurations:

To maintain flexibility and easily switch between different sizes of a part, consider creating configurations. Configurations allow you to save different parameter values for various states of your part. This way, you can quickly switch between different sizes without having to redo the entire resizing process.

With these methods and tips in your arsenal, you are now equipped to confidently change the size of a part in SolidWorks. Experiment with different techniques and find the one that works best for your specific needs. Happy resizing!