How to Reverse an Offset Dimension [VIDEO]

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated November 12, 2012


Reversing sketch dimensions is one of the best time saving enhancements introduced by Solidworks 2009. It applies to 99% of the driven dimensions at the sketch level.

At this time (SolidWorks 2012) the only type of sketch dimension which cannot be easily reversed is the Offset dimension. There is no Reverse button on the Property Manager of such a dimension and by entering a negative value you just get an error instead of reversing or flipping the dimension (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 Error received when trying to reverse an offset dimension

On the other hand, deleting the dimension will delete the offset relation, so that is not the best solution either.

What else can you do? Watch this video for a possible workaround to the reverse offset dimension challenge:

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.