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How to Create and Position Holes on a Non-planar Solid Face

Articles Tips and Tricks Naqibullah M 3 June 2020


How to Create and Position Holes on a Non-planar Solid Face

Hole Wizard is a great and handy tool in Solidworks that reduces the burden of creating standard holes of various types.

This blog specifically shows how to create holes on non-planar solid faces and control its position using a 3D sketch environment. Without further ado, below are the steps:

1. On the Features tab click Hole Wizard  (Features toolbar) or Insert > Features > Hole > Wizard, set the PropertyManager options, and click :

click Hole Wizard

2. Set the hole type and its parameters:

Setting the hole type and its parameters

3. Switch to the Positions tab and click on 3D sketch to place the hole on the cylindrical face (representing the non-planar face here):

clicking on 3D sketch

4. Click the face the place a Point representing the center of the hole:

Setting the Hole Position

5. The center of the hole can be constrained using lines, dimensions, and relations. This is due to being in 3D sketch mode:

Adding Relation


Sketch Tab


Smart Dimension

Click OK once the 3D sketch is fully defined, indicated at the status bar.

Naqibullah M
Applications Engineer
Central Innovation, QLD

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