How to generate a Custom SOLIDWORKS Coordinate System

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated June 25, 2018

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You can create a custom SOLIDWORKS coordinate system in a model that can be used for reference in Measure, Mass Properties or exporting to a neutral file (Parasolid®, STEP, IGES, etc).  This can also be used for assembly mates and in Simulation for remote load locations.

SOLIDWORKS coordinate system

SOLIDWORKS Coordinate System Feature

This is located under the Reference Geometry drop-down.

SOLIDWORKS Reference Geometry

SOLIDWORKS Reference Geometry

Define a location for the origin based on a vertex or point, and use a reference to change the direction of X,Y,Z as needed.

SOLIDWORKS Coordinate System Location

SOLIDWORKS Coordinate System Location

Select this Coordinate System feature to reference this new location as the origin and axis directions.

SOLIDWORKS Measure Coordinate System

SOLIDWORKS Mass Properties Coordinate System

SOLIDWORKS Mass Properties Coordinate System

SOLIDWORKS Export Coordinate System

SOLIDWORKS Export Coordinate System

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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