How to quickly create a SOLIDWORKS Sketch Normal to Curve

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated June 12, 2018

Here is a quick method to create SOLIDWORKS Sketch Normal to Curve without having to create a plane first, and then sketch on that plane.

First, select the curve or edge, as shown in the sheet metal example below, then click Sketch from either the Insert menu or the Sketch CommandManager.

This will start a sketch on a newly created plane that is normal to the curve, located at the nearest endpoint on the curve.

Upon exiting the sketch, you will notice that a new plane has been created and is located in the FeatureManager design tree.

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Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.