Reverse Sketch Offsets SOLIDWORKS 2016

Article by Vicky Guignard updated March 9, 2016


In previous SOLIDWORKS releases it was impossible to change the direction after using the Offset Sketch Entities tool. If you made a mistake in the offset direction you had to delete and redo the command.

In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you can reverse the direction of an offset sketch entity with the REVERSE DIRECTION functionality.

To reverse sketch offsets you have three choices:

1. In the Dimension PropertyManager, under the Primary Value window, click   reverse

Reverse Sketch Offsets

Reverse Direction

2. Or double-click the offset dimension in the Modify dialog box, and insert a minus sign before the existing dimension.

Negative value

Negative value

3. Or right-click the offset dimension, and select Reverse Direction from the menu.

Reverse direction option

Reverse direction option

Learn about other SOLIDWORKS 2016 offset sketch enhancements in a previous tech tip

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Vicky Guignard

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.