Is it possible to measure the area of a closed sketch? I am trying to calculate the area hilighted whith the shaded area and can't find out how to do it. H E L P
Do a extrude selecting the shaded area and measure the area of the face.
Trim all the outer area, do a extrude and measure the area of the face.
Can this NOT be done in the sketch itself?
Would this be a great enhancement?
It would be a great enhancement. I'm not sure why it's not in there, especially since you can do this in AutoCAD and draftsight. It would seem they have all of the infrastructure in place to perform this type of calculation-what with contour selection and selection manager. You should put in an enhancment request to that effect. If you do, I'll vote for it.
An alternative to solids would be to make use of a "Filled Surface" for area you have shaded. Upon creating the bounded surface a simple measure will report back the area in question.
DraftSight has possibilities as well, but I would start with surfaces.
Let us know how that plays out.
I am trying to do this in a simple drawing with no 3D geometry involved. In other CAD systems this has been so easy to do, so find it hard to believe that SW does not have this functionality.
The surface is quick and accurate, but should you want just the simple 2D geometry, I would take the DraftSight approach. Create the drawing as you have shown, trim out what you don't need, and turn the closed entities into polylines. An inquiry to "Get Area" or do a simple "List" on the entity will return your area also.
I've attached a quick example of the Surface Fill just for converasatio purposes.
Hope that helps.
Many thanks Dean for your advice. Again why is this simple functionality not in SolidWorks core program? switching to draftSight and back is not a valid solution. I think this needs escalating to SolidWorks for an enhancement request.
I agree completely, and you are most welcome.
Trim the circles to get the hatch area you show and select "Section Properties" under Evaluate, you can rebuild the circles afterward.
thanks Tony, again another valid solution to my problem. However the reason i am trying to do this is to measure the area on different parts on a boiler that has been drawn in 2D. The 2D drawing has many elements on that the area of each portion is key to the design. I could not keep deleting elements to complete the design
How about creating a new sketch on the same layer / plane and then doing a convert entities and then trim. You can measure each section and save the areas completed as seperate sketches (and rename them for that matter to keep them organized) using the "Section Properties" as Tony suggested.
Not sure if there are other tools available in the 2D environment.
Just do an extrude with contours. For the Extrude command, select with you mouse inside the contour you need to measure.
the extrude command is only available in the part environment. This problems is in a 2D drawing. the initial design has come from Solid Edge 2D software which has the measure area command.
Many thanks for the reply.
Colin, just wanted to make sure you know how easy it is to insert the 2D drawing in the part as a sketch and extrude whichever contour(s) you want.
Many thanks Alin for your help.
Maybe i am just being a bit picky and want to be able to do what i have done in the past with Solid Edge.
SolidWorks has much more functionality over Edge but this feature is one that i am missing.
Come on SolidWorks lets get this functionality on 2D drawing
You are not picky at all, Colin. This sounds like a very useful functionality. An Enhancement Request should be submitted.
I realize this is a bit late, I just found the post while looking around. Selecting the closed sketch and using Tools-Section Properties does list the area. I did this with 2012. It works using blocks too, just you should have the block selected and open for editing.
I was looking to measure the area of a closed section of sketch and found this thread. I needed to measure the amount of surface area that is colored a particular color for daylight visibility for an FAA spec. Thanks Bernie Daraz, selecting the closed sketch and using tools-section properties works like a charm. I'm using SolidWorks 2014. Glad I found this!
Have you tried section properties? Not the ideal, but could at least give you some area calculation without having sketches extruded.
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