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New Slot Sketch Entities in SolidWorks 2009

Back on Dec 4, 2007 I wrote a blog called Create a Slot in a Sketch. I was playing around with the SolidWorks 2009 Beta and noticed a new Slot sketch entity type. There are four types of slot sketch entities: Straight Slot, Centerpoint Straight Slot, 3 Point Arc Slot, and Centerpoint Arc Slot. To create a slot in a sketch, pull down the “Tools” menu and pick Sketch Entities – Straight Slot.

If you take a close look at the buttons in the Slot PropertyManger, you will see numbers 1, 2, 3, 4. I didn’t pay any attention to these at first, but I soon realized that the numbers correspond to the order of the mouse clicks to create the specific slot.

In the Slot PropertyManger, pick the slot type that you want. Click in the graphics area to set the center of the first arc. Then, click to set the center of the second circle. Finally, click to set the width of the slot. The Slot PropertyManager has an Add dimensions check box that will add dimensions to the slot automatically. Below the check box, you can see that there are two options, depending on how you prefer the slot to be dimensioned.

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