How to draw a ball in solidworks

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How to draw a ball in solidworks
Creating a ball in SolidWorks is a simple process. The ball can be created in any dimension that is needed for an assembly. (3d business looking sphere image by Gongea Alexandru from

SolidWorks is a 3D mechanical-design program that runs on Microsoft Windows. It is a Parasolid-based solid modeler, and it utilises a parametric feature-based approach to create models and assemblies. From experts to amateurs, anyone can learn how to create a simple object such as a ball in SolidWorks.

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  1. 1

    Open SolidWorks and create a new file ("Ctrl" + "N"). When prompted, select "part" in the new file dialogue box.

  2. 2

    Select the centerline tool in the sketch panel (any plane can be selected to create a ball). The length of the centerline will be equivalent to the diameter of the ball.

  3. 3

    Select the three-point arc tool under the sketch panel and click on one end of the centerline. Click the opposite end and then drag the cursor until the centre of the arc intersects the centre of the centerline. This will correspond with a three-point arc at a 180-degree angle.

  4. 4

    Click the "Exit Sketch" button after the three-point arc is completed.

  5. 5

    Select the "Revolved Boss/Base" tool in the features panel and select the centerline. The three-point arc will revolve around the centerline and create a ball shape.

  6. 6

    Accept the final feature and insert the ball into your assembly.

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