SOLIDWORKS Drawings – Unable to Dimension Sheet Metal Bend Lines

Article by Zach Brown on Jun 26, 2024

If you use SOLIDWORKS 2022 or SOLIDWORKS 2023, you may have experienced the inability to dimension to sheet metal bend lines in your drawings. There is a simple workaround to this that we'll outline below.

SOLIDWORKS Drawings Unable to Dimension Sheet Metal Bend Lines Explained for Versions 2022 and 2023.

How to Make Bend Lines Selectable in SOLIDWORKS

With a drawing opened, go to View, Hide/Show. First, make sure Bend Lines are turned on, then turn on Sketches. Turning on Sketches allows the bend lines to become selectable for dimensioning.

How to Make Bend Lines Selectable in SOLIDWORKS 2022 and 2023

It is important to note that turning on Sketches may cause sketches, shown in the part, to be displayed in drawing views. To resolve this issue, the sketches must be hidden in the part or the drawing view. In the FeatureManager Design Tree, expand the view to see the part, then expand the part to see the features and sketches. Right-click on the sketch and choose Hide.

Resolve Unable to Dimension Sheet Metal Bend Lines in SOLIDWORKS

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About Zach Brown

Zach Brown is a certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and a Technical Support Engineer. Prior to working at GoEngineer, he spent 15 years as a mechanical designer, CAD support tech, and instructor using SOLIDWORKS. His hobbies include playing guitar, riding motorcycles, and skiing.

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