How Numeric Sketch Input can Save You Time

Numeric sketch input is a dimensioning feature that allows you to specify dimensions while you’re creating sketch entities. In the video above, we’ll look at how to use this feature and how numeric sketch input can save you time in defining and dimensioning your sketches.

Let’s review.

To turn the numeric sketch input feature on you can go to options, then system options, sketch and then check the “Enable on screen numeric input on entity creation” option. Selecting “Create dimension only when value is entered,” found under this first option, allows SolidWorks to add a dimension each time a numerical input is used.

A faster way to toggle numeric sketch input from off to on and back again, is too right click while in a sketch. From the window that appears, select the “Sketch Numeric Input” icon located above “Box Selection.”

Numeric input sketching can often save you time in defining and dimensioning your sketches, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of all the different settings and options available.

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Sam Sanchez is an Applications Engineer with SolidProfessor and a CSWP. Sanchez is an alumni of UC San Diego, and in her free time enjoys 3D printing and hanging out with her dog Ruby. You can see more training videos on a wide range of CAD, CAM & BIM topics at