SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip - Odd Angle View Creation

Article by GoEngineer on Sep 24, 2017

Getting those odd angle views

What do you do in SOLIDWORKS when you need to make a drawing of a part with an obscure angled plane? Take this part for an example:

SOLIDWORKS Odd Angle View Creation

As you can see, the view that is needed for the angled section would be difficult to get to be directly perpendicular to the hole going through it so we could give an accurate dimensional callout. Even a projected view will be difficult using the existing geometry. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS can create this view quite easily. Let’s start with the part file.

  1. Open the part file:

    Part File in SOLIDWORKS

  2. Select the face that has the hole through it:

    SOLIDWORKS Face with a Hole

  3. With the CTRL button held down, select the face that has the edge that I want to be horizontal on my new view. This selection will control the orientation of the view and how it is displayed:

    Odd View Creation in SOLIDWORKS

  4. Once you have both of these planes selected, right mouse click next to the green arrow that is coming out of the plane, and select the Normal to icon:

    SOLIDWORKS Normal To Icon

  5. This rotates the part to look straight on the face with the hole in it, but also rotates it so the second plane we selected gives us the horizontal rotation that we want:

    SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip for Odd View Creation

  6. We can save this view in the model by hitting the space bar to activate the View command:

    SOLIDWORKS View Command

  7. With this dialog box active, you can select to save the current view as a saved view for use in your drawing. Select the New View icon:

    New View Icon in SOLIDWORKS

  8. Name your new view:

    View Name Dialog Box SOLIDWORKS

  9. This now shows up in the Saved Views listing in the dialog box:

    Rotated View Option in SOLIDWORKS

  10. You can now use this view in your drawing to show accurate dimensions, this view can now be dragged into your drawing and used as any other view.

    SOLIDWORKS Drag Views onto Drawing Sheet

  11. As you can see from the crosshairs, this view is recognized with accurate diameters that are oriented the way we need to properly detail the features shown.

    SOLIDWORKS Drawing View Rotated View

I hope you found this SOLIDWORKS quick tip helpful. Learn more tips and tricks below.

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