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To create a structural member in Solidworks, you can either create a sketch or use the Rectangle tool to draw a rectangle that will be the size of your structural member. To create a sketch, go to the Sketch tab and select Line from the Draw panel. Then, click on the Rectangle tool in Draw toolbar at the bottom of screen. Select Line from Line menu. Pick up your drawing tool and start drawing lines on your sketch until you get something that looks like this: To finish it off, select Line from Line menu again and pick up your drawing tool to erase what you just drew.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change the size of a structural member in Solidworks. 1. Select the structural member that you want to change the size of from the tree view by clicking on it and then press CTRL+R. 2. From the toolbar, select a size from a preset dimension that you want to change the size of your structural members to then press ENTER. 3. In the case where you don't have any preset dimension, start typing a new dimension from which you can draw it on screen and then press ENTER again when done drawing it on your screen 4. To complete your changes, press ESC or click outside of edit mode

Structural members are classified into two types: A member in the top view is a surface that extends across the length of the object. It can be either an extrusion or a cut face. An element in the side view is a surface that only extends along one axis, either up or down. It can also be an extrusion or cut face.

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