Scaling a Part in SOLIDWORKS

   By Danny Velicu on August 1, 2023

Scaling a part in SOLIDWORKS is a powerful capability that allows you to resize your models to meet specific dimensional requirements, customize designs or adapt to manufacturing constraints. Whether you need to adjust the size of a part, create different-sized prototypes, or ensure compatibility within an assembly, the scale tool in SOLIDWORKS provides the necessary flexibility. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of scaling a part in SOLIDWORKS.

Step 1: Open your part in SOLIDWORKS.

Launch SOLIDWORKS and open the part that you want to scale. Ensure that you are in the appropriate editing mode for the part.

Step 2: Access the scale tool.

Scale Tool

Scale Tool in SOLIDWORKS

Go to the “Insert” menu at the top of the SolidWorks interface. From the drop-down menu, navigate to “Molds” and select “Scale.” This will open the Scale dialog box.

Step 3: Specify the scaling parameters.

Scaling Parameters in SOLIDWORKS

Scaling Parameters

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In the Scale property manager, the first thing to determine is how you’ll be scaling the part. You are able to scale about the centroid, origin, or a reference coordinate system. This selection will determine the XYZ coordinates in reference to the part, and then you’ll be able to scale along those axes.

Step 4: Scale Type and Factor.

Scale Type in SOLIDWORKS

Uniform Scaling

Non-Uniform Scale Type in SOLIDWORKS

Non-Uniform Scaling

Once you have selected the method of scaling, you must determine if the scaling is going to be uniform or non-uniform along the axes. Then you can determine the magnitude of the scale factor.

Uniform scaling: Select this option if you want to scale the part proportionally in all directions, maintaining the original proportions of the design.

Non-uniform scaling: Choose this option if you need to scale the part in different directions independently, allowing you to modify specific dimensions as needed along each individual axis.
Scaling factor: Enter the desired scaling factor in the appropriate field. A scaling factor greater than 1 will enlarge the part, while a factor less than 1 will reduce its size. You can divide the input scaling factor by 1 to see the percentage relative to the original size.

Step 5: Apply and Review.

Once you have specified the scaling options, click the “OK” button to apply the scaling to the selected part. SOLIDWORKS will perform the scale feature based on your chosen parameters. After scaling, take the time to review the scaled part and ensure that it meets your dimensional requirements and design objectives. Check for any potential issues or unintended consequences of the scaling operation. Keep in mind that scaling may affect other features or parts dependent on the scaled entity, especially when doing non-uniform scaling. If required, make any necessary adjustments to ensure the integrity and functionality of the entire model.

Non-Uniform Scaling in SOLIDWORKS

Enlarged Component with Non-Uniform Scale Factor

Step 6: Save your scaled part.

Once you are satisfied with the scaled part, remember to save your work to preserve the changes you have made. It is recommended to save the scaled part with a new name or version to distinguish it from the original design.

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Scaling a part in SOLIDWORKS offers designers and engineers the flexibility to resize and adapt their models to meet specific requirements. By following this step-by-step guide, you can confidently utilize the scale tool in SOLIDWORKS and efficiently modify the size of your designs. Whether you need to adjust dimensions, customize designs, or ensure compatibility, the scale tool empowers you to achieve the desired results. So go ahead and scale your parts with ease in SOLIDWORKS!

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