Tutorial - Indent feature in SolidWorks?


The indent feature creates an offset pocket or protrusion feature on a target body that exactly matches the contour of a selected tool body, using thickness and clearance values to create the feature.

  1. Step 1:

    Start Solidworks in Part Mode.

  2. Step 2:

    Front Plane>>Sketch.

  3. Step 3:

    Make a profile like this one.

  4. Step 4:

    Revolve it.

  5. Step 5:

    Now we have a revolved body.

  6. Step 6:

    In Features tab>>Reference geometry>>plane.

  7. Step 7:

    Choose Top Plane and keep the distance default 10mm.

  8. Step 8:

    Now we have a plane created.

  9. Step 9:

    Choose Plane1>>sketch.

  10. Step 10:

    Normal to View.

  11. Step 11:

    Make a circle of 30mm dia at 50mm distance.

  12. Step 12:

    Extrude it by 40mm and uncheck the merge result.

  13. Step 13:

    Choose OK. Now we have multibody part.

  14. Step 14:

    Choose Insert>>Feature>>Indent.

  15. Step 15:

    Choose the Revolve1 as target body.

  16. Step 16:

    Choose the Boss-extrude1 as the tool body region.

  17. Step 17:

    Check the cut option.

  18. Step 18:

    Choose OK. We can see in tree view that Indent feature is created.

  19. Step 19:

    Choose Boss-extrude1 and hide it.

  20. Step 20:

    We can see that an indented cut has been created for the tool.


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    Carlos Soler

    Good tutorial !!!, clear and precise, as must be

    September 1st, 2017 23:07