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Getting Started

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Engineering Design and Graphics with SolidWorks 2019, author James Bethune gets you started on SolidWorks. This chapter will show you how to start a New drawing and introduce the Line, Circle, and Edit tools. The Smart Dimension tool will be used to define and edit lines and circles. Line colors and relationships will also be introduced.

1-5 Units

This book will present examples and exercise problems using English units (inches) and Metric units (millimeters). Figure 1-17 shows the dimensioned circles created in the previous section. Note the letters IPS to the right of the Fully Defined callout. IPS stands for inch, pound, and second, the current units.

To Change Units

  1. 1.jpg Click the IPS callout at the bottom of the screen.

  2. 2.jpg Select the desired units.

In this example millimeters (MMGS) was selected. MMGS stands for millimeter, gram, and second. The letters MMGS appear at the bottom of the screen, indicating the drawing units are now millimeters.

  1. 3.jpg Click the Undo tool. The new dimensions appear.

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