Introduction: How to Make a Small Container in SolidWorks 2011
In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a little container to hold miscellaneous objects like paper clips, pins, erasers, and even sticky notes. This is assuming you know a lot about SolidWorks 2011, because this is actually very easy.
So, without further ado, let's get started.
Step 1: Stetch
Open a new sketch on the top plane and draw a rectangle (3.000in x 3.000in).
Step 2: Sketch Fillet
Select the Sketch Fillet tool and set the Fillet Radius to 0.30in. In the "Entities to Fillet" box, select all four corners of the sketch. Keep the "keep constrained corners" box checked. Click OK once finished.
Step 3: Extrude
Click "Exit Sketch" and go to "Extrude Boss/Base." Under Direction 1, select "Blind" for the end condition. Set the depth to 0.50in. Click OK once done. Save your progress and call it "Small Container" or whatever you want.
Step 4: Extrude Fillet
Select "Fillet" and set the "Fillet Type" to constant radius. Leave the radius at 0.0in and select "Edge<1>" and "Edge<2>" in the graphics area. Click OK.
Step 5: Shell
Select "Shell." The diameter should be 0.10in. Select the top face in "Faces to Remove" then click OK.
Step 6: The Legs
In the View Orientation box, select bottom. Sketch a center-line, then a circle on the upper left corner. Smart Dimension the radius to 0.400in. With Smart Dimensions still selected, position the circle to be 0.500in.away from the top and left edges.
Step 7: Mirror
Select "Mirror Entities." In the "Entities to Mirror" box, select the two circles and in the "Mirror About" box, select the center-line. Keep the "Copy" box checked.
Go to Extrude Boss/Base. Set the End Condition to Blind, the diameter to 0.50in. If you want, you can turn on the draft and set the degrees to 9.00in.
And you're done! Wasn't that easy? Not only will this give you a box to hold small things, but it's also good practice for making bigger and far more complex things in the future. I wanted to give this a lid, but I couldn't get the dimensions right. Well, that's about it for this tutorial. Have fun!
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