Tutorial: How do you create a revision cloud in Solidworks drawings?


Solidworks has not included a revcloud tool in their standard toolbars because the use of revision clouds is not a recognized standard; rather, it is an ACad function that has been adopted by engineers in a variety of fields. There are, however, several methods of working around this if the engineer desires to continue using revclouds in Solidworks. The easiest method I have found is using a macro to convert splines into revision clouds. See below for tutorial.

  1. Step 1:

    Download attached macro, save to folder.

  2. Step 2:

    Open a Soldworks drawing and select >Tools >Options. Under the System Options tab, select File Locations and change the “Show folders for” option to “Macros”.

  3. Step 3:

    Click “Add…” and navigate to the folder that you saved the macro in. Select the folder and click “OK”. (If there are other folder locations shown in the “Folders” box, select the added location, and click “Move Up” until the folder location you added is at the top.

  4. Step 4:

    Draw a Spline using the standard sketch tool around the location of your desired revcloud. IMPORTANT: The spline must be created in a clockwise rotation and the “bubbles” of the revcloud will form where you select the points for the spline.

  5. Step 5:

    With the spline still selected (highlighted blue) select >Tools >Macros >Run, then select the RevCloud macro file and click “Open”.

  6. Step 6:

    The Macro should automatically convert the spline to a revcloud as seen below.

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