Reference Geometry

Reference geometry has improved usability that helps you select axes and planes directly in the graphics area. This is useful for commands such as Mate, Measure, or patterns.

Hover over temporary axes of cylindrical faces and surfaces to display the axes. Hover over faces, then press Q to display reference planes. Select multiple reference geometry entities by pressing the Shift or Ctrl keys. After you select reference geometry, SOLIDWORKS automatically dismisses all unneeded reference geometry.

You can right-click a component in the graphics area, click Reference Geometry Display, then show primary planes, reference planes, reference axes, or the coordinate system. Previously, these options were available only from the FeatureManager design tree.