SolidWorks 2010: Sketch Pictures in Drawings

May 17, 2010 34 Comments »
SolidWorks 2010:  Sketch Pictures in Drawings

With my schedule relaxing a bit, I’m finally back in the groove and am excited to bring some new posts to the site.  This one is kind of a “reminder post” of a new feature in SolidWorks 2010 that is easy to overlook.

You can now show Sketch Pictures inserted in models on the Drawing!  Below you’ll see a quick example I made of a picture frame.  With the help of Realview and a nice rendering made in Photoview 360, it’s pretty easy to quickly make something that is visually appealing.  The problem with an example like this is that when you take that model to a Drawing, the centerpiece (the Sketch Picture) was in the past lost.

In SolidWorks 2010, the Sketch Picture automatically comes into the Drawing and is shown in all views where the image is visible.

If you go ahead and turn on the Shaded views, you can show the full appearance in the Drawing!

Although this example is a bit “out of the norm”, this new feature might just allow you to document your designs in certain area with greater detail.  The application of it is up to you!

Lots of new stuff coming…until then….stay tuned!

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  • Pretty nice. I didn't even know about this capability. Perhaps dull drawings are evolving?

  • Perhaps they are! There are quite a few folks using rendered ISO views in Drawings these days and this capability allows you to add a little more detail to it. :-)


  • HoffY

    Don't mean to be a downer. But usually those “folks” are the same ones that miss most of the dimensions and details that are required to make the actual part and/or express its design/intent!

    yay for CAD's “easier use/one button presss does it all anyone can do it”-ness

  • LOL! – Yeah…I know where you are coming from on this. That however would be a separate problem unto its own. :-)

    Your button idea makes me think of the ending slides of some of Phil Sluder's SolidWorks World presentations. You should check it out if you have a chance or e-mail me and I'll send you the slides I'm talking about….it is pretty funny stuff.


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  • This is very cool Ricky. Keep up the great work!

  • Fag

    ndeed the model looks quite privlikatelna, I think a new feature in the program will be in demand among fans of simulation.

  • I am looking forward to taking this advice and playing around with SolidWorks!

  • Wow that's so cool!!

  • It's really cool and looks so easy to do it. Thanks for amazing tutorial.

  • I will wait for the next post, this is awesome! Very detailed work. Keep 'em coming Ricky!

  • Joe

    Surprisingly ….. I need this. My company has asked to lay our existing assemblies on top of pdf's of drawings for reference images in proposals. Unfortunately, I can't get it to work.

    Does the sketch have to “live” in a part with actual features? I have it on a sketch and then saved the part and inserted into an assembly and its no good. Tried to make a simple block and insert a sketch picture…nothing.

  • Shuvom

    Joe, your picture part does not need to have any actual features.

    In the assembly, you need to view your sketches. Make sure “View…Sketches” is turned on in the assembly pulldown, and make sure the sketch is set to “Show” and not “Hide” in the part feature tree.
    I just tried this on a test assembly in 2010 and it worked.

    -Shuvom Ghose, CAPINC Tech Support

  • Very nice. I liked the way you have presented this in a very simply way without any confusion…

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  • Pretty nice. Nice Tutorial also. I need this.

  • I like this, it is nice looking and good tips.

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  • Pretty nice.Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Anonymous

    Nice tip :X. Thank you so much

  • Pretty nice.

  • Mac

    Thanks for this post. It’s very informative and the focus is so clear. Very resourceful and helpful indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great post and great pics. Very appealing.


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  • Jori

    Is there a way to get sketch pictures to show also in PhotoView 360 renders?
    Problem described in this picture: