How do I extrude this surface inwards? Every time I click the surface then click "Extruded Cut" it takes me into Sketch mode.
The program is looking for a sketch to extrude "inwards"
Select your face to work from then start sketch, pick edge and .......
convert edge to sketch entity
now do your extruded cut.
you could move the face...
right click select face and choose this option
Agree with Neville,
But I'd also like to ask why you wouldn't change the sketch / feature that created it that way in the first place?
Both Neville and Bjorn give more relevant answers but..
Responding to the Title of your question, rather than the body text.
You can extrude directly from faces using Surface Extrude.
Here's an example
Say we have this body
If we sketch on the face and convert entities by default Solidworks will give us only the outer loop.
Now you can convert the inner loops manually if you want.. but if you require this to be a parametric solution there is another way..
When you start the Surface Extrude Feature you get this message
Despite this being a Surface Feature it can result in a SolidBody with these options.
The benefit is that if say you introduced some holes
It would still work
Not much different to a Move Face really but interesting none the less.
I really like the idea of being able to work directly with faces instead on sketches and it would be nice if other features had this same option.
Rob Edwards wrote: I really like the idea of being able to work directly with faces instead on sketches and it would be nice if other features had this same option.
Rob Edwards wrote:
One that I quite like the idea of is SPR 637263: Ability to select a face as a profile for a sweep (swept) feature without having to convert sketch entities - this would certainly make things quicker when defining long complex sweep paths.
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