Aligning linear diameter dimensions in SOLIDWORKS drawings

Article by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP created/updated August 9, 2019

Diameter dimensions can be modified to display as linear dimensions if needed.

To convert the diameter dimension into linear follow these steps:

Step 1:

Right click the Diameter dimension > Display options > Display as linear

Display diameter as a linear dimension

Display diameter as a linear dimension

OR this can also be done by selecting the dimension >  property manager launches on left > go to Leaders tab > select the linear dimension icon.

Using Leaders tab to display linear dimension

Using Leaders tab to display linear dimension

Step 2:

Now, move the dimension in such a way that value centers in between the extension lines.

Center the dimension

Center the dimension

Step 3:

Drag the little dot (handle) right beside the value and re-position the dimension as a linear dimension.

Re-position the dimension

Re-position the dimension

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Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP

Vip is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) and is based in our Oakville Ontario head office.

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