While running through a training class this week, the topic of to use or not to use SolidWorks Instant3D came up during a discussion. I thought this would be a good time to discuss some of the more practical uses of this command for new or existing customers. Instant3D is a tool that allows you to perform basic Extruded Boss or Extruded Cut commands without starting a command at all. Plus this feature can be turned on or off at any moment’s notice and will have no ill effects on your part modeling process.
First you will create a sketch and add dimensions and relations. Next with Instant3D running, you can exit the sketch and simply single click on any edge of this sketch.
A small green arrow will show up on the edge of your sketch that you selected, and you can drag this forwards or backwards to start a Boss Extrude command. Plus if you want to get really tricky, you can hold down the letter “M” while dragging, and this will evoke the mid-plane extrude condition.
Sometimes when dragging the sketch, you might not always land on an exact value for your distance. If you click one time on the dimension value, you can simply type in the exact size you are looking for. You can also double click on the blue ball icon located at the extension line and this will bring up the typical modify dimension box. With this you can also set a dimension to match a global value or equation.
You can also use Instant3D to create extruded bosses or cuts by dragging away or into an existing solid body.
Plus while dragging inside to create a cut, you can also access the pop up toolbar to add draft angle!
Finally while choosing to make a second extruded boss or extruded cut, SolidWorks Feature Manager will update the icon to match the type of feature you are making.
If you haven’t had a chance or reason to try Instant3D, give it a go and see what you think.
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.