Diameter instead of Radius?

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by tony, May 15, 2004.

  1. tony

    tony Guest

    greets all,
    re: sketching circles... any way to have SW work with
    a Diameter measurement and not Radius?

    tony, May 15, 2004
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  2. If you are dimensioning a closed circle it should default to diameter. If
    you are dimensioning an open arc, the default will be radius. So when you
    dimension that, it will drop in a radius dim. Then do a RMB on it, select
    properties, and check the box for Diameter dimension.

    Wayne Tiffany, May 15, 2004
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  3. tony

    tony Guest

    my apologies, i meant during the actual sketch.
    ie, i select Circle sketch tool.. click the center,
    then click an arbitrary radius... at this point the
    property manager is open... it displays X, Y, & Radius.

    at times it would be easier (faster) to ender a Diameter
    rather than radius.

    again, it all happens pretty fast.. i select circle.. click twice
    and then immediately enter a radius (press Enter) and i have
    my circle. i am not adding any actual dimension text to the

    tony, May 15, 2004
  4. I also like to think in diameter, so I just enter say 2.5/2, for a 1.25
    Bill Chernoff, May 15, 2004
  5. tony

    tony Guest

    holysmokes it does the math!
    thanks bill. for kicks i tried "sin(30)"
    and it entered the numerical equivalent.

    will it ever cease to amaze?

    thanks again,

    ps.. its not so much 'thinking' in diameter, but at times
    i have to sketch up existing parts... my calipers give me
    a diameter reading :)
    tony, May 15, 2004
  6. tony

    TinMan Guest

    holysmokes it does the math!

    You know you can enter things in like:

    6.35mm --> will convert it to 0.25in if in inch file
    ..25in --> will convert it to 6.35mm if in mm file
    6.35mm+.75in --> will convert it to 1" or 25.4mm depending on units setting


    TinMan, May 16, 2004
  7. tony

    Dan Bovinich Guest

    1'5" will net you 1 foot 5 inches (17 inches)
    2' will give you 2 foot or 24 inches.
    1'9"+25.4mm = 22 inches
    Dan Bovinich, May 17, 2004
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