In this text of Mechanical Base we will explain how to draw parabolas in Solidworks sketching with Parabola command. Parabola command is very useful command to obtain required sketches to obtain 3D geometries from them in Solidworks.
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To draw parabolas in Solidworks sketching, click on little pop-up menu as shown by blue arrow above then click on Parabola command as in blue box above.
After entering to the Parabola command in Solidworks, select a proper plane or feature surface to draw a parabola.
After selecting a surface or plane to draw parabola, click to select your desired point for parabola focal point as shown by blue arrow above in Solidworks sketching.
Select the definition point of parabola as shown by blue arrow above. The parabola will be defined from this point up to other selected point.
After selecting the first definition point on parabola curve as shown by blue arrow above, select the end point as shown by green arrow in sketch plane.
This is the obtained parabola geometry with Parabola command in Solidworks sketching.
If you select the ‘For Construction’ option as in green box above, the drawn geometry will be as shown by green arrow in Solidworks.
Also you can define the parabola patameters manually as above in Solidworks sketching.
Green box: Starting point X and Y locations of parabola.
Red Box: Ending point locations of parabola.
Blue Box: Focal point X and Y location values of parabola.
Orange Box: Peak point X and Y point locations of parabola.
These values can be interdependent to each other.
Drawing of parabola with Parabola command in Solidworks is very easy like that!
You can also find other Ellipse drawing methods and how to use them from this link: The All Ellipse Drawing Commands In Solidworks Sketching.