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SOLIDWORKS - 3D Sketch of Trombone

See the .gif below! EDIT: You may need to enable visibility of these handles if they're not on by default - it depends on your default profile/settings.
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Are boxy edges normal in SolidWorks when working with a drawing?

Yes, this is normal. By default, SolidWorks renders curves on the screen using less than the highest possible level of detail that your monitor is capable of displaying. The point of this is to allow ...
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What does "do not scale drawing" in a drawing sheet mean?

This is information to be shown on the printed copy - it is telling the reader to please not print this A1 drawing sheet on A4 paper, or else the information you have highlighted "Scale 1:8" would not ...
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How do you create a chamfer in 3D CAD that joins the edges of two different shapes?

This type of feature is typically called a "loft", but I would caution you that this should be used only if needed. Lofted features will cost you a lot of money if you try to get them machined. If you'...
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Make something that turns yet locked in place

A cogged positioning system uses the concept of a detent - a pin, ball, pawl or bump that fits against a mating cavity. Usually there is some kind of spring to allow the detent to disengage when ...
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Technical drawing for a part with complex (non-line, non-arc) geometry

You don't need to dimension it at all, because as you probably know, that part would never be manufactured by looking at the 2D. At my company, one of the standard notes we put on every drawing is "...
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How to convert Joules(kinetic energy) plot chart into watts?

To convert a plot of J versus s to a plot of J/s vs s, take the derivative. Here is my quick-and-dirty answer after digitizing the data.
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How to set measure display units in Solidworks drawing?

There are many possible culprits. One of them is the following. Check in the lower right corner of your Solidworks window. you should see if you click on it, you should see the following menu. You ...
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Can I make a drawing view normal to a plane in my model

Yes. You need to use the "Auxilliary View" tool, but, this is only able to accept an 'edge' as an input, so you can't use a plane. Usually, one would use this to create a 'view looking at a ...
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What are these hidden lines tangent to the circle?

This is just a stiffener that goes around the cylinder that runs across the walls Section View FUll isometric view
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Gear Design - Teeth Fit

Teeth on gears generally will not slip if your pitch and tooth profiles match properly, since the teeth would have to break off to slip. Minimizing backlash can be done by tight tolerance control. ...
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Is there an equivalent to the 'equal' constraint from solidworks in fusion 360?

I'm not familiar with the Solidworks equal constraint but it sounds like this should be done parametrically in Fusion. Dimension the first line to a value. Then, dimension the second one, but instead ...
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How to model a sheet metal nut in SolidWorks?

You might be interested in Smart Components / Smart Features. This technique will associate parts with features. As for the naming, we call those "Press Nuts", or more generically "Press Hardware"
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Can drawing views in Solidworks be scaled without keeping aspect ratio?

No this is not possible, as it would distort the part. You may be able to achieve an acceptable view with the following techniques: Broken Views- These would allow you to cut out the long sections ...
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solidworks mating gear with shaft problem

Your issue is that you're assuming the key and key way will have exactly the same dimensions. In reality the key will have to be slightly smaller than the keyway. What yo want to do is start with the ...
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How to exit from editing part in place?

Deselect this option and it will return to the assembly.
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Why is this overdefined? Can't I move right vertical line to the rright?

The coincident relation at the bottom of the line on the right will prevent you from moving it horizontally. It is overdefined because your 20.75 dimension is ...
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Why do I have uncertainty in my dimension in Solidworks?

"Why" - This is not 'uncertainty' - it is displaying a tolerance. As far as the software is concerned, your part is exactly 14.40mm. The feature that you are using, however, is not used to ...
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Create a mate that allows a part to move within a specified distance from another part

Have a look at some of the advanced mates. For example limit mates : https://help.solidworks.com/2018/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/t_Limit_Mates_SWassy.htm I reckon that'll do what you need. Or you can ...
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How to use the intersect tool for two components in an assembly with solidworks?

So, this is actually non-trivial. Here are the key points: In order to use the "Combine" feature, to create the volume that you want, you need to have a multibody part In order to move the ...
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Is there a way to fix 'bad' surfaces in Solidworks?

Ok, looking at the "Filleted" file, it looks like you are trying to achieve the following: Yellow = 1mm Orange = 2.3mm Red = 5mm Your issue is primarily with order of operations. You need ...
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Should a stiffener be hatched

The standard is that The cylinder part should be hatched but not the rib. So something like the following.
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Create a movie from STL file?

Almost any 3D CAD programs can make movies. How detailed you want the movies, various textures (i.e. "shiny metal"), etc... is where the devil resides. As long as your software will render the ...
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SolidWorks circuit simulation?

CircuitWorks doesn't simulate the electronics; it just integrates between some common PCB design software formats and SolidWorks for mechanical information. For example, maximum component height, ...
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Technical drawing for a part with complex (non-line, non-arc) geometry

You probably need some auxiliary sections as well as the three basic views. For example if you draw a section at mid-height looking down the axis, you can easily dimension the "straight" ribs. If you ...
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Autodesk Suite vs SolidWorks comparison

First of all, the comparison you suggest isn't really valid since SolidWorks is really a parametric solid modeling software package, while The Autodesk Suite encompasses several different software ...
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Solidworks - Projected Curve is incomplete

I'd recommend using a 3D Sketch Spline for creating your hose - this will more accurately model the natural shape that the hose would assume given the boundary conditions of perpendicular to the grey ...
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Gear Design - Teeth Fit

In gear design, the most used tooth profile is the involute profile. I am not sure what do you mean by avoiding slipping(Velocity of sliding) because for two gears to move, there will definitely be ...
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Show all sides of a solidworks part in a solidworks drawing

You can use the "Projected View" button to add another view, by selecting an existing view. You should bear in mind, however, that you should avoid adding unnecessary views if you can fully define the ...
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prevent shaft from moving in solidworks

See the .gif below showing how you might set these mates up. You need to add another part or a sketch into your assembly with axes in the correct places, and then mate your shafts to be concentric to ...
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