An option to reverse arc and spline tangency is now available with SOLIDWORKS 2018

Article by Vicky Guignard updated September 29, 2017


For the longest time when creating a tangential arc in a SOLIDWORKS sketch it was hit or miss if the arc was aligned correctly. We would create our arc and hope it would be in the right direction…If not, we would need to delete it and recreate it being careful with our mouse movements.

Now in SOLIDWORKS 2018, we can at last correct the error if our arc has snapped into the wrong direction.

Simply right-click on the arc and select Reverse Endpoint Tangent from the Relations shortcut menu as shown below:

Reverse Endpoint Tangent

Reverse Endpoint Tangent

This works with splines as well.

Tangent arc aligned correctly

Tangent arc aligned correctly

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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.