I have a question regarding stacking layers or planes on top of each other. I am trying to create a plane of one design and then I want to create a second plane on top of the first one but it will be a different design. How do I do this?
I don't understand what you mean by "plane of a different design". Do you mean Surfaces?
Sorry for the confusion, I am new to SolidWorks designing. I am creating a new sketch on the top plane and then I do the sketching. Then after that is complete I want to do a new sketch on the top plane and I would like to have each sketch on top of each other. Does that explain it better?
Shannon,, You can have as many sketches on the top plane as you want. If you would like them on separate planes you could copy the top plane with a zero distance over and over again and begin sketch on each one.
Sorry I am a beginner and just learning. I understand how to create a top plane and then sketch a design on that plane. How do copy the top plane with a zero distance?
Do you mean something like this? I have two different sketch's both on the same plane "front"
No something like this. if you notice there is one layer and then below that is another layer.
I did a Ctrl drag on the top plane. Then set the highlighted dim to 0. You can do this as many times as you like and rename the planes so you know which is which.
It looks like you need to extrude your first sketch, then use the top surface of that extrude for the sketch plane for your second sketch. Any flat surface can be used as a sketch plane.
Thanks....I will give that a try.
You lost me on after I have extrude the first sketch and then use the top surface of that extrude for the second sketch?
Shannon Forsythe: You lost me on after I have extrude the first sketch and then use the top surface of that extrude for the second sketch?
I mean to extrude the sketch so you have a solid body, not just a sketch. It looks like that's what was done in your screenshot.
I tried that and this is what I get:
When you get that message, then click on the sketch you want to extrude. Or have the sketch pre-selected before starting the Extrude command.
But the other planes are already extruded and I want to create another plane. If I click on the sketch that is already there it is already extruded.
How about this? I did not merge the two extrudes yet but could be combined into one using the "combine command"
If you already have those two extrudes, and want to stack another one on top, then you'll either need to pattern one of them, or create a new sketch on the top surface of the second one.
If you want a whole stack at once, Select the top plane (or any plane), select plane from the Reference Geometry tool (circled). Then enter the number of parallel planes you want, (lower arrow) and change the spacing (upper arrow) to zero, I left it set at .10 here to show all the planes being created at once.
Note that the Ctrl drag Dennis suggests works for lots of things in SolidWorks, sketches, features, parts in assemblies...
I would also suggest that you consider why you would need multiple planes. Don't confuse planes in SW with layers in 2D drawing programs.
That is some very helpful information and my assumption would be that I would need multiple planes for the following reasons. To have different design patter on each plane and have them stacked on top of each other and to create a height of a certain distance. So for instance I would want to create a design patter on one plane and then I would want to create a different design pattern on another plane that. Overall I would want the entire design to be 1" in height.
That makes sense. Somehow I was thinking that you wanted multiple planes in the same place. I have seen that more than once, but I can't think of a time when it seemed necessary.
Maybe you should just tell us what you are trying to design in SW, and we could give some good insight. Not getting a good grasp on what you need as an end result. Your 2d picture of a Qbert board do not help me much (maybe I'm just overlooking the obvious, but I just don't get it).
I will try and explain in more detail and include some pictures.
I am trying to come up with a design that will use different shapes. I have taken some screenshots of a couple designs that I would like to try out. Here is what I am looking to have for this design.
Layer 1 would be the honeycomb shape
Layer 2 would be the honeycomb shape but have it rotated 45 degrees or something like that so it doesn’t sit directly on top of the other layer and you would be able to see through it.
Layer 3 would be the wire shape
Layer 4 would be the wire shape and also rotated.
The sizes and dimensions would be the same as the other ones for the circular design. The overall thickness would be 1.5mm, 15mm shape size, 3” diameter and 1” height.
Then this would have multiple layers and keeping in mind that not being able to see through the top down through it is key and important.
One possibility might be to create each layer type as a separate Part, and then combine them in an Assembly. For example, have a sheet of the honeycomb inserted first, then insert the second instance and mate it to the first one, including a 45° angle mate. Then proceed with inserting and mating the wire parts.
For the example you gave you'd only need two part files, one for the honeycomb and one for the wire.
Edit: I opened your Part, and suppressed the second extrude and everything below it. I then inserted it into a new Assembly. I inserted a second instance, mated it's bottom face to the top face of the first instance, then mated it offset 1" in the other two directions. It's not a 45° angle, but do you see what I'm suggesting? You can always go back and use an assembly cut to even up the ends if needed.
I have the idea and can vision it but I am so new to SW that I am having difficulties creating the design. Would you be able to assist with this?
See my edit above.
Do the built in part and assembly tutorials in SW, right hand side of the screen there is a menu for this. You should be able to get through them in a few hours, then have a better understanding of how to accomplish what you need.
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