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Reference Geometry

Inferenced Reference Points

The Point PropertyManager has additional items for creating reference points.

You can create reference points at the intersections of the following entities:
  • An axis and a plane
  • An axis and a surface, both planar and non-planar
  • Two axes

You can use the On Point option to add reference points on a sketch point and on the end of a sketch section.

Plane Alignment

When creating a plane using a line and a plane or a face, the SolidWorks software aligns the X-axis of the new plane with the line.

This ability delivers a more predictable orientation when sketching on new planes, and corrects inconsistencies in previous versions.

Reference Plane Normal

The Flip Normal FlipNormal option in the Plane PropertyManager lets you flip the normal vector of a manually created reference plane.

An indicator arrow displays the direction of the normal vector in the graphics area. The option does not apply to default reference planes.

This function is available as a command. You can access the Flip Normal FlipNormal command from a context toolbar or Edit menu.

You can set also the command as a mouse gesture from Tools > Customize > Mouse Gestures > Edit > Flip normal.

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