4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 25, 2013 9:51 AM by Glenn Schroeder

    Sketch Tree

    Matt Brasher

      I'm a former CATIA user that has recently started a new job with a company that utilizes Solid Works.  As you can imagine I am constantly comparing Solid Works to CATIA.  For the most part the transition has been pretty smooth.  There are some things I like about Solid Works (Assembly design is much easier, and for the price/functionality you can't beat it.)   BUT, what I want to ask is, is there a way to "Turn On" the tree for a sketch?  What I mean is, in CATIA, every line, point, constraint, and mirror appears in the tree.  This allows you to easily identify how the sketch was made, and to make changes (such as deleting a mirror to remove half a sketch.)  Is there an option that can be turned on to enable this functionality in Solidworks.  The information is obviously there, I just need to access it.

        • Re: Sketch Tree
          Glenn Schroeder

          Welcome to the forum. 

           

           

          Matt Brasher wrote:

           

          BUT, what I want to ask is, is there a way to "Turn On" the tree for a sketch?  What I mean is, in CATIA, every line, point, constraint, and mirror appears in the tree.  This allows you to easily identify how the sketch was made, and to make changes (such as deleting a mirror to remove half a sketch.)  Is there an option that can be turned on to enable this functionality in Solidworks?

           

          I'm not aware of anything like this in SolidWorks.

          • Re: Sketch Tree
            Deepak Gupta

            Welcome to SolidWorks forums Matt.

             

            Right click on top of feature tree and set Show Tree as flat. Only available in part files, this option set to show features in the order they were created, instead of hierarchically.

             

            I reread your post and sure this is not what is there in CATIA but might be somehow helpful.

             

            You might also find this post helpful for your future reference.

            • Re: Sketch Tree
              Matt Brasher

              I believe glenn is right, Solidworks doesn't seem to have this functionality.  Here is an image that describes what I am talking about.  "Sketch 2" is expanded and details the current sketch's coordinate system, geometry, and constraints.
              http://www.dkszone.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Sketch_Profile_thumb_1_.jpg

                • Re: Sketch Tree
                  Glenn Schroeder

                  No, there is no way to have individual sketch elements show up in the tree.  One thing that may help you is to make sketch relations visible (if they aren't already).  With this selected all relations in the active sketch will be shown.  It can clutter up a complicated sketch, but I try to keep my sketches as simple as possible.  With this turned on, you can click on a relation icon so it turns blue, then hit the Delete key on your keyboard to remove the relation.  I know this isn't at all what you asked for, but it may help.

                   

                  view sketch relations.png