Quick SolidWorks Tip – Extending a Line using the Trim Entities Tool

This is a great SolidWorks Tech Tip from The SolidWorks Geek Blog that we wanted to pass along.

Trimming and extending lines is one of the first skills that any CAD user must learn. The process is pretty straight forward; the Trim Entities tool is used to trim sketch entities to the nearest intersection and the Extend Entities is used to add length to a sketch entity until it meets another sketch entity. It is not uncommon to have s ketch that requires the user to switch back and forth from the trim to extend tools a few times during the sketch creation. But there has got to be an easier way, right?

Did you know that you do not need to switch between these two tools? As crazy as it sounds, you can use the trim to to extend sketch entities as well. Today’s Quick Tip will show you how that can be done quickly and easily.

1. The sketch below shows a couple of lines that need to be trimmed or extended to make a single rectangle. Yes I know it would be easier to just use the Rectangle tool, but this is just an example.  Click here to read the rest of this tech tip.

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