Many of us have been arms wide open to the new section view assist tool that was released with SolidWorks 2013 but for those who have yet to make the move, this blog is for you. I have seen it a few times now, a customer calls in and is finding that their jogged section view is stretched when this is not the view they intended. Generally, the option for creating a “foreshortened section view” or “an aligned section view” comes up when selecting a jogged section line for creation of the section view. This message can and is often times dismissed leaving the user to default to the last selection. One option is to clear this message from the System Options under messages/errors/warnings; the second option is the topic of this blog.
Let’s take a look at an example of a created section view, I have sketched in my line, inferenced my geometry and selected the section view. I was prompted the above notice in which I wanted to create an aligned section view for purposes of this post.
The section view was created and as you can see an aligned section view was generated from my selected sketch line.
Now this may not be the desired section view, so how can I go about creating a foreshortened section view where the projection is normal to the cutting line? Simple! If you go back to the option of the two, you will see in the description that “Construction lines are excluded from the view.”
I can simply edit the sketched line that I used to create the initial aligned view, but change the vertical sketched line to construction lines.
After this has been done, simply exit the sketch and your section view will update to a foreshortened section view.