Once I place an ordinate to create an origin, can I change the ordinate by typing in the coordinates relative to the initial placement? I use both Inventor, and we just also got SolidWorks, and I am still trying to figure things out.
In Inventor, if I am in a detail view, and for added clarity I want to add a reference dimension to a feature already dimensioned in another view, I can place the origin for my ordinates in the center of a hole (for example) in the detail view, and then I can right click on the origin point, and select edit, and then type in the relative dimensions to change the location so when I place the reference ordinate dimension on the hole, it has the correct callout.
However, as I was reading in the help files of SW, it only mentions that I can drag the ordinate to a new location, but if it is a detail view in the actual point of origin is not available, that will not to me very well. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
J Lackey XP PRO SP3 INTEL CORE 2 2.66GHz 3.25GB RAM SolidWorks Premier 2009 SP3.0
If there is no point where you can attach dimenion you can insert point: Tools-Sketch entities->Point and add the needed cointrains for the point. After this you can move your ordinate dimension origin by dragging it to this point.