With a face selected....I can see why it would do the offset default, or even the parallel. Why would you need to create a plane coincident with a face? Could you just use the face as your plane to draw on?
See what happens when you select a point.
Like Craig, I'm also curious why you want a new plane coincident with an existing surface.
A face because that way the plane is fully defined, else I would have to select 3 points or 1 point and a line.
The reason ?
Short version, for Craig and Glenn and other experienced users:
The reason of the coincident plane instead of using the existing face is because the plane is in a sub-ASM and that plane gets used to mate to or used as reference for other sub-sub-ASM's or parts.
In other words the original face isn't present in the sub-ASM.
Long version, for newbies :
Imagine making an ASM with chairs and a table positioned in a room. Another one that positions a couch and a third one with a cabinet.
Now if you wanted to see how the entire room looks like you would have the entire room with each and every detail (the fireplace, the doors, the chimney, the siding, the outlets and light switches etc...) 3 times in the top-ASM.
Now imagine that the room is defined directly in the apartment and the apartment is directly defined in the High rise. Which then would mean that the only way to see the chairs, table, couch and cabinet in the one room would mean that the entire sky-scrapper would be present 3 times.
We use Solidworks to design industrial piping in water treatment plants, biogas installations as well as odour control units and plants. The only safe way, light way, low on resources, robust way that we found to do it in is to use a skeleton-modular approach.
I have not found a way to default to coincident when a face is selected. but I also prefer to select fewer items. I changed up my process to select a curved edge of the face instead - this defaults to coincident.
(I often use planes coincident to faces as inputs to the intersect feature when I manually de-feature parts to send out to customers).
On a related question, since the Distance option is on by default when creating a new plane, why isn't the dimension box also selected right away? Even on the occasions when we do want to define the plane with a distance we still have to go to the Property Manager to click on that box to activate it before entering the numbers.
That has to be a setting somewhere if I'm understanding you correctly. I can select a face for reference geometry and the dimension box is highlighted and I'm able to enter numbers immediately after selection. Can't seem to find any sort of setting though.
We get forced to define a distance but to define the distance we have to do extra work so as to be able to set it up.
It makes no sense out of an user experience viewpoint.
I spoke to soon. As Jordan Kisler had mentioned, it does directly let one type in the distance without having to click anything. I never realised that.
Which means that by typing zero in that I do have less issues with there being an automatic distance needed because I don't have to make a mouse movement followed by clicking in the property manager to select the coincident mate.
Not sure if the following would work or not for this feature, however I did find it to work most times.
Question I would have is this.. Do you need this in the Assembly file or Part file or both?? Either way it should work..
First I'll make the assumption you're needing it in the Assembly file, so open an assembly file and add the plane like you have done, close the dialog box, add another plane, did it still come up to add the distance or did it come up, "Last Used" and automatically go coincident?? If it changed to what you want, then save the Assembly Template, right there.. Start another assembly and see if the changes remained..
This works for most settings in the Part and Assembly templates..
I would like it in both, PRT as well as ASM
Now I tried your method and it looks like it works, except it doesn't.
- make a plane on a surface and in my case the default distance is 5mm
- change the plane distance to zero
- check the plane distance and it's zero
- make a new plane and the automatic distance is no longer '5mm' but's 100mm
- if I however make the new plane distance 0,0001 for instance that any further planes I make remembers that setting.
- this means that the distance is indeed a document setting related variable but also that it doesn't allow for zero distances
Now people can call me a fuddy-duddy but I like zero to be zero not almost nearly roughly zero.
Wasn't sure, but agreed - anything more than zero still isn't zero!
Why, I don't get why...
Just tried this on SW2015 expecting to at least see the last number used would remain s the new number chosen.
I then looked at the "spin increments" expecting to maybe see something there (which is where it should be, IMHO.
Oh well, it isn't that big of a deal, I guess.
I just tried and changed the distance to (even though it's Not true zero)
So the next plane input dialog box came up as
The dimension box comes up
I don't think you could go wrong with that, unless you work in the laser industry, or have the need to take two lines into infinity and meet up somewhere light years away..
I'm guessing this is one of those things where they had to use something as the default and since a coincident plane to a surface is the surface they most likely didn't think that would be a good default. Why don't you submit an enhancement request that will allow users to select the default behavior they want.