When skewing a dimension, these lines should be parallel. They are not.
Grab this handle:
Pull down. Note that the two extension lines are not parallel to one another.
Cannot reproduce issue in 2015 SP5 or 2016 SP3.
Please state SW release version and SP. Also upload offending files.
Add a dimension between two holes by dimensioning between the centre marks.
Sorry for my previous post's brevity. Apparently it produced an inadequate understanding on your part of the best route to determining a solution to your problem. Please check the translation key below:
"Cannot reproduce issue in 2015 SP5 or 2016 SP3":
I'm terribly sorry you are having this issue. Unfortunately, when I tried those steps on my own computer, which is running SolidWorks 2015 sp5, and another computer running SolidWorks 2016 sp3, the lines for the skewed dimension were parallel, no matter what I tried. I attached the leaders to both holes. I attached the leaders to both centermarks. I stretched out one of the centermark extension lines. I attached to one hole and one centermark. In no case was I able to create skewed extension lines that were not parallel.
"Please state SW release version and SP":
Sometimes things get fixed or broken through the release process. Maybe you're using an old version and it's fixed in mine? Or maybe you're using a newer one than me. If you're using a newer version, sometimes bugs sneak in as regressions. In that case, an SPR may be in order. If you're using an older version and it's been fixed since, I'm terribly sorry but you're probably SOL unless you update.
"Also upload offending files":
Tell you what, if you'll attach your files to a post here on this thread I and probably others will take a look and see if something screwy happened to your file, document settings, etc. Maybe we can figure out how to fix it. Be sure to upload both the drawing file and the referenced part file.
Hope you have a great day!
I'm using SolidWorks 2016 SP4.0
See video for workflow: YouTube
I see what you are getting at by clicking closer to the centre rather than the edge, but this is not the expected behaviour and is a UI issue. Why would there even be an ability for the extension lines to not be parallel? This doesn't make any sense. What you are suggesting is that there is a difference, when placing the dimension, between clicking on the green dot and clicking on the red dot, when there is no indication or feedback from the software that there is:
My comment above is stating the end point of the centerline was chosen to get this. There is no error message you will receive for this as it is not an error. The red and green dots in your picture would not generate this issue. Only picking the outside point of the centerline causes this problem.
If you dimension to the hole feature rather than the centerline this issue never occurs.
The only reason I suspected this was what was happening was I did this same thing when I started and saw results like you are seeing now.
I hope that clears it up a bit.
Have a look at the video I provided - I did not click on the endpoint of the Centre Mark, I clicked on the Red Dot and it works (line stays parallel) and Green Dot it doesn't work (lines skew non-parallel).
I don't like dimensioning to the feature and prefer to dimension to the Centre mark because it leaves the correct gap between the extension line and the centre mark. If I click the feature, then the Centre Mark can blend into the extension line of the dimension and this is very bad practice/adds confusion.
I didn't see a video? As far as what you are seeing for un-parallel lines I would contact my VAR or submit a change directly to Solidworks for it. Because I know this has been happening for at least 7 years since that is when I began as a designer.
If you are looking for a permanent fix so you can keep dimensioning the centerlines I would use the above approach as it is the only way the software itself will change.
SolidWorks Skewed Dimension Leader Lines Not Parallel Issue - YouTube
I saw the video, I cannot replicate those same results, the only way I can is by grabbing the outer most point of the center line. Since you see it repeat itself in this fashion I would still recommend submitting a change request to SW to change the behavior of the lines, unless someone else has a a way to stop it from behaving like that.
First of all look below I was able to re-create what you are seeing:
Solidworks 2016 SP 4.
As soon as I saw your post I figured I knew what it was ,but I wanted to vet it out first.
The dimension on the right was picked using the points of the end of the centerline, the one on the left was used picking the line element.
Since I can drag the handle on the left all day and not get the result as you see on the right I am going to assume it is your dimension was pulled using the point of a center mark.
Hope that helps you out.
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