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Quickly Generate a SOLIDWORKS Profile Sketch Normal to Model Edge [VIDEO]

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated April 22, 2015

When you need a SOLIDWORKS profile sketch normal to model edge, for say a Swept profile sketch, hold off on generating a Reference Plane.  If you preselect the edge close to the endpoint where you want the plane to be generated and select the Sketch tool…

Preselect Edge

Preselect Edge

…this will automatically generate a Reference Plane normal to the edge and coincident to the edge endpoint closest to where you selected – and start a sketch on this plane.

Reference Plane Generated

Reference Plane Generated

This will work for both straight and curved edges.  Here is a video demonstrating this functionality to save you some time:

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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