SOLIDWORKS Bounding Box Editing and Orientation

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated October 15, 2017

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The SOLIDWORKS Bounding Box determines the smallest box/area that your geometry can fit inside.  This is useful for estimating or shipping calculations.  Here is a blog post to review if you are unaware of this tool: SOLIDWORKS Weldment Bounding Boxes.

The Bounding Box is created in an orientation of the smallest box possible.  In some occasions you may need to have the Bounding Box orientation in a specify direction, perhaps if it needs to remain upright in a box.

SOLIDWORKS Original Bounding Box Orientation

SOLIDWORKS Original Bounding Box Orientation

You can right-click on the Cut-List folder of the body and choose ‘Edit Bounding Box’.  This allows you to select a face or plane to orient the box.

SOLIDWORKS Edit Bounding Box

SOLIDWORKS Edit Bounding Box

SOLIDWORKS Bounding Box

SOLIDWORKS Bounding Box Face Reference

This now adjusts the Bounding Box to this new orientation and also updates the box Length/Width/Height values in the Cutlist properties.

SOLIDWORKS Bounding Box Oriented Properly

SOLIDWORKS Bounding Box Oriented Properly

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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