In this article of Mechanical Base we will show you how to draw slot that complies with an drawn arc with 3 Point Arc Slot command in Solidworks sketching. It is very useful command to obtain curve-shaped slots in Solidworks that we can obtain very complex geometry in a very basic way. Also there are other kinds of slot drawing tools in Solidworks.
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To draw 3 point arc slot in Solidworks sketching, click on little pop-up menu as shown by blue arrow above then click on 3 Point Arc Slot command as in blue box above.
After entering to the 3 Point Arc Slot command in Solidworks, select a proper plane or feature surface to draw a 3 point arc slot.
After the selection of sketching plane or surface, select the starting point of the slot arc as shown by blue arrow above, then select the ending point of slot arc as shown by green arrow. After thati drag you mouse to adjust the curvature of the slot arc as shown by red arrow above. Click to obtain the desired arc for slot creation in Solidworks sketching.
We selected the three points of slot arc then we dragged our mouse cursor to specify the width of the slot as above in Solidworks sketching.
We obtained this arc slot geometry as above with 3 Point Arc command in Solidworks.
Define the slot parameters manually.
You can define the 3 point arc slot parameters manually as above;
Red Box: The center locations of arc in X and Y coordinates.
Blue Box: Arc radius and arc orientation angle values respectively in Solidworks.
Orange Box: Slot heigth and width values respectively.
The parameteres above can be interdependent each other.
So drawing of slots with 3 Point Arc Slot command in Solidworks is very easy like that!
You can find other slot drawing tools in Mechanicalk Base from this link; All Slot Drawing Commands In Solidworks.