SolidWorks Paperclip Tutorial

How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

In this SolidWorks beginner tutorial I will show you how to model a paperclip in SolidWorks. I will first guide you trough the step-by-step 2d sketch process. You will learn how to use the Circle, Line, Centerline and Trim functions during this excersise. When the 2d sketch is finished I will show you how to [...]

In this SolidWorks beginner tutorial I will show you how to model a paperclip in SolidWorks. I will first guide you trough the step-by-step 2d sketch process. You will learn how to use the Circle, Line, Centerline and Trim functions during this excersise. When the 2d sketch is finished I will show you how to create a new Plane perpendicular at the 2d sketch. To finish the paperclip I will show you how the Sweep Boss/Base function works.

Enjoy it!

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Render of the final Paperclip in PhotoView360

Open a new part with model units set to millimeters

Go to: File > New > Part 

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Create a 2D sketch

Select the Front Plane in the feature tree (menu at the left side) and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

The display changes so the Front plane faces you.

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Create a circle

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a sketch which starts at the Origin. Origin How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Change the diameter of the circle into Ø 9 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Click Right Mouse Button > Select to finish the circle. Select How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create a straight line

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Line or click at the Line icon line1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a vertical line as shown in the picture.

Change the length of the line into 22 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create a centerline

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Centerline or click at the Centerline icon centerline How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a horizontal centerline as shown in the picture.

Change the length of the line into 3,9 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create another circle

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a circle which starts at the left endpoint of the centerline as shown in the picture.

The circle turns black which means that it’s fully defined.

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Create another straight line

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Line or click at the Line icon line1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a vertical line as shown in the picture.

Change the length of the line into 15 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create another straight line

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Line or click at the Line icon line1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a vertical line as shown in the picture.

Change the length of the line into 31 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create another centerline

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Centerline or click at the Centerline icon centerline How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a horizontal centerline as shown in the picture.

Change the length of the line into 5 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create another circle

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a circle which starts at the right endpoint of the centerline as shown in the picture.

The circle turns black which means that it’s fully defined.

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Create another straight line

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Line or click at the Line icon line1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a vertical line as shown in the picture.

Change the length of the line into 24 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Trim the line you don’t need

Go to Tools > Sketch Tools > Trim or click at the Line icon Trim1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Hold left mouse button and drag the cursor over the line parts which you want to delete. Trim the three parts as shown in the picture

The sketch is now finished.

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create a new plane

Go to: Insert > Reference Geometry > Plane new plane How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Select one of the endpoints of Sketch1

Hold the Control button and select the purple line as shown in the picture

The new plane appears in blue

Click OK ok How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create another 2D sketch

Select the new Plane1 and create a sketch by clicking on the 2D Sketch icon 2d sketch1 How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

 

Create a circle

Go to Tools > Sketch Entities > Circle or click at the Circle icon circle How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Create a sketch which starts at the endpoint of Sketch1.

Change the diameter of the circle into Ø 1 mm by clicking at the dimension button dimension How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Click at the Sketch button in the upper right corner close the 2D Sketch close sketch How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Create a Swept Boss/Base

Go to: Insert > Boss/Base > Sweep or click at the Sweep icon sweep boss base How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

Profile sweep profile How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?: Select the blue Sketch2

Path sweep path How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?: Select the pink Sketch1

Click OK ok How to Model a Paperclip in SolidWorks?

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Congratulations, you just finished your own Paperclip!

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you learned something from this tutorial! Feel free to leave a message below.

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