Is there a way to force a dimension to be vertical or horizontal relative to the drawing sheet.
Please see the attached drawing. I would like the 21.110" dimension to be vertical relative to the sheet.
Thanks for any help.
Basically it is where you place the dimension when you are first placing it that determines whether or not it is horizontal or vertical.
2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - Dimensioning a 2D Sketch
2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - Video: Dimensioning Point-to-Point
Also the attached video.
I tried every which way with the cursor to initially place it vertical to no avail...
As I said in another thread:
Anyone who rotates a drawing view should be drawn and quartered. This is one of the many reasons why. Horizontal and vertical are defined by the model. When you rotate the drawing view, horizontal and vertical cease to be horizontal and vertical in the drawing.
Make a custom model view, and then use that in your drawing.
I can't open your file since I am using SW 2015. But I did notice that ONLY the drawing is in your zip file.
You should do a pack and go and flatten it to a zip file if you are going to share it here. That way the people who CAN open it will be able to see your views.
Also, when you say "I tried every which way with the cursor to initially place it vertical to no avail"......is this on a NEW dimension? Or on a dimension that you already placed?
If it is on a dimension that you have already placed, then it won't work. You have to place a new dimension to get it.
If that IS on a new dimension, then make sure that your view is in projected and not true:
As Jim Sculley mentions this is down to a rotated view. A workaround if you are desperate to create the view in this way is to use some construction sketches. Create a construction line across the bottom between the two vertices and then drop a point on the midpoint of the line- you can then easily dimension between the two reference points to a vertical.
Attached a solution.
Future version. I'm on 2016.
Anyway, what I ended up doing was making a sketch, dimensioning the what is effectively the vertical dimension, then hiding it.
I try to avoid work-arounds like this and always look for the "powerful" solution.
Michael Gera wrote: I try to avoid work-arounds like this and always look for the "powerful" solution.
Michael Gera wrote:
In my opinion, the powerful solution here would be to create that view at the part level and use that view in the drawing.
In part, hit spacebar, and select "New View"
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