7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 6, 2018 1:23 PM by Jeremy Feist

    How to draw a secondary operation drawing on SolidWorks?

    Shuhei Kazuma

      Hi experts,


      I need your help drawing a secondary operation drawing. I am relatively new to making a drawing on SolidWorks.


      We have a vendor who machines a piece of aluminum block into a shape that we design... (Drawing A)

      We have a secondary vendor who machines the (A) into more details.. (Drawing B)


      Drawing A is a complex design, so we make a lot of A first into stock. Drawing B instructs the secondary machining vendor to machine the block for further modification. The secondary operation is usually a very simple change but very necessary.


      Traditionally we have made drawings (for B) by doing the following:


      1) Put the top view of the A

      2) Overlay the top view of the B on top of the top view A

      3) The difference is cross-hatched to tell the secondary operation vendor that is where to be machined.

      4) repeat for side/bottom view


      This has been done until now because we have been using a different CAD software (but much older) the software let us do that. But now with SolidWorks, I am stuck as to how to do it.


      It would be nice by posing this thread to the community, I can know the following:


      1) Is there a industry standard secondary operation drawing format? If so, can SolidWorks let us do it easily?

      2) Is it possible to overlay one view from a part with another view from another part? And cross-hatch the difference?

      3) Is our way totally out-dated? Is there a better SolidWorky way of achieving this?


      Thank you in advance,



      Message was edited by: Shuhei Kazuma