Aligning In-Context Part with the Front Plane

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated August 8, 2012


When creating a new part in context of an assembly the orientation is determined by the position of selected face relative to the front plane of the assembly.

<img class=”wp-image-3196 alignnone” title=”face of new part” src=”” alt=”” width=”334″ height=”395″ />



This may result in the orientation of the part being different then what’s expected or desired.

<img class=”alignnone wp-image-3197″ title=”assembly orientation” src=”” alt=”” width=”505″ height=”307″ />                                         <img class=”alignnone wp-image-3198″ title=”part oreienation” src=”” alt=”” width=”433″ height=”286″ />

If a particular orientation of the new part is required start the new part on the Front plane of the assembly and exit the sketch.

<img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-3199″ title=”new part on front plane” src=”” alt=”” width=”191″ height=”143″ />                           <img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-3202″ title=”exit sketch” src=”” alt=”” width=”170″ height=”135″ />

Next start the sketch on the required face or plane.

<img class=”alignnone wp-image-3201″ title=”start new sketch” src=”” alt=”” width=”405″ height=”298″ />

This will result in the part being oriented correctly.

<img class=”alignnone wp-image-3203″ title=”correct orientation” src=”” alt=”” width=”364″ height=”269″ />


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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.