Yes- I have had a need for this on occasion. Not very common, but when the situation arises, it would be helpful.
One other benefit- it would probably help to reduce the "zero thickness error" that we get occasionally when placing Hole Wizards on irregular surfaces.
The other enhancement I would like to see added to hole wizard is the ability to apply EXTERNAL threads. Inventor worked this way in the past - apply thread to a cylindrical face, it didn't care whether it was a hole or a shaft. Then you could add smart sizing fasteners to a threaded rod / post and they would size based on the thread information for the face.
I am not really interested in the cosmetic function but rather the data and functionality of hole wizard to be applicable to outside threads. Right now if I make a hole with the wizard and drag in a toolbox fastener it adjusts to the correct size. It would be nice to do the same with fasteners attaching to a threaded shaft. Sure, there are work-arounds. I would just like to see the functionality in one tool.
I have attached a couple of Inventor screen shots - from a really old version! Firing this beast up reinspired my enthusiasm for SW!
I've been asking for this feature for years. Hey everyone, for SolidWorks World 2011, vote for external threads for the 10 ten ER's
In order to define the direction "Hole Wizard" uses the referenced plane's perpendicular direction.
On cylindrical faces you cannot acquire a direction.
Also when we think about the two directional hole feature,
for basic exapmle you cannot get accurate reference data when you use the Toolbox and 2D drawings.
(I mean when you extend the hole to a second direction, there will be a gap. All the feature give wrong data to other related features as the same size of the gap.)
I was speaking from a modeling standpoint. We don't use toolbox or note reference data in our dept.
I say NO!
I'm a machinist, you drill a hole from the top face!!!!!!!!!
keep it the way we make real life parts!
It would be a cluster F#$%, how can you teach young engineers, high school, college, how to make parts or how they are manufactured if they never have made stuff in shop class. I instruct and use the example all the time how counterbores, countersinks, taped and drilled holes are made using the hole wizard.
I second you Lenny. I had always used practical examples while teaching SolidWorks
With all due respect:
Question: Do you have to create a plane to use the hole wizard on a cyl. face?
You don't need a plane to create a hole on a cylindrical face. Just start the holewizard without picking an face and select '3d sketch' from the positions tab. You can then pick on the cylendrical face and the hole will be created perpendicular to it.
I agree to Lenny that the design must be done with realistic approach. You will have real troubles when you try to assemble it in shop.
I suggested the plane solution (it is a solution) because I always see the users cannot effectively use the 3d sketch function. (I mean the direction)
Not using toolbox? With all respect; sometimes when designing the machines I prefer using some standart parts. (Bolts, nuts, gears, etc.) these all things connected Toolbox (including hole wizard).
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