It is not a rare occurrence for us to empathize with Sisyphus when using a computer. Being condemned to click or select the same things over and over again can be quite the mundane task, granted it’s nothing like endlessly pushing an enchanted boulder up a hill. As smart as Sisyphus was, he was only able to outsmart Hades once to save himself work. We, on the other hand, are able to consistently save ourselves work by using our trusty SOLIDWORKS tricks!
In this blog I’ll show you the useful combination of the Selection Filter tool and the Windows friendly Select All (Ctrl+A).
In this model, we’ll notice that it has mostly blue edges instead of the normal black edges. The blue edges tell us that those are unmerged edges. This means, and our Feature Manager confirms via the Solid and Surface Bodies folders, that our model is not a solid body but is mostly made up of surfaces. Let’s quickly make this into a solid body.
We want to select all of the surfaces in a quick efficient way. We turn on our Selection Filter (F5 is a quick toggle). Select to Filter Surface Bodies (in this case faces works just as well).
Now that we’re only able to select surfaces/faces we’ll go to Edit > Select All (Ctrl+A). Oh hohoho! Look at that! Way better than holding Ctrl and selecting all of those surfaces/faces manually! Eat it, Hades!
Using the Knit Surface feature can be used to combine our many surfaces into one surface body.
The Try to form solid option can be used if our surface is fully enclosed to make a solid body.
Bam! Sisyphus would be jealous. We just saved a lot of clicks via the combination of the Selection Filter and Select All. And it’s repeatable unlike, “Hey, Hades. Show me how these chains work”! Here is another example of something we can do with these tricks.
Selection Filter > Edges
3D Sketch > Select All (Ctrl+A) > Convert Entities
We now have a 3D Sketch following the edge entities of our geometry. This can be very useful to make sketch paths for weldments for example. No more complex 3D sketching, just simple geometry and use it’s edges.
If you were curious what the finished product of this model was, here it is.
NOTE: Remember to turn off your filters after you’re done with them. Forgetting that important step can be confusing and/or frustrating often followed up by a face-palm.
Zeus has condemned Sisyphus for eternity. SOLIDWORKS has saved us from suffering the same fate of unending rock rolling.
If you’re interested in getting any of these SOLIDWORKS models you’ve seen me use in my Blogs, come visit my GrabCAD profile: https://grabcad.com/neil.lantto-1/projects