How do I change the orientation of the original coordinate sytem ?
I am used to draw parts in top plane, but then the XYZ orientation will be wrong.
All milling machines move along the z-axis when they move up and down
I disagree. The Z axis on a milling machine (or lathe) runs parallel to the axis of the spindle, regardless of whether the spindle holds a cutting tool or the workpiece.
See also Global Coordinate System Orientation - Which Way is Up?
The top plane should be z-x
Is this shown on yours?
Yes, I guess so - just as you can see in the attached picture.
Can I change this to X-Y instead
Here is how to change it
You could try this option... Hit space bar then update standard views
Well, it is probably just me - but it make no sense to me why the top plane should be z-x.
When you are viewing something from the top I would say you were looking along the z-axis, and it should therefore be x-y.
no it's not only you. It's me too.
There's something more weird in solidworks planes too.
Start a new sketch in front Plane and draw a rectangle from 0,0 co-ordinates.
Exit sketch and extrude the sketch. keep every thing as default values.
Now if you view from front , Right Plane is placed at the left side of the part.
and Top plane is placed at bottom.
here's the isometric view. How do you feel when your right view is placed at the left?
All milling machines move along the z-axis when they move up and down - therefore it would seem logic if it were so in SolidWorks too.
I wish it was possible to alter the default settings regarding this.
Thank you for the link - I have updated my templates to a Z-up standard :-)
Rob, your answer is correct as well - at the time I had no luck to get it to work.
Just make a new template and rename all the planes and views "X", "Y", and "Z". No more subjective front-side-top.
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