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Depending on how the plane is created, its co-ordinate system can be created the opposite of the plane or surface the sketch was created on. I know of no way around this. However SolidWorks 2007 may have the ability. I played with it alittle during beta testing. Unfortunately, my work load does not allow me time right now to use it.
Could someone tell me how to copy and paste a sketch onto another plane so that Solidworks doesn't paste it as a mirrored object on the new plane above the old one?
Here's what I did, probably wrong..
I drew an arc (180 degree) on a top plane, when I went to copy and paste it on a new plane above the top plane, when I paste it it's ass backwards. What did I do wrong? I'm extremely new to Solidworks so be gentle, when I was doing an eval I had this problem and couldn't figure out how to correct it. I just bought 2007 this evening and would like to know how to do it right when it comes. Any pointers greatly appreciated.
I usually convert the sketch into a block first, this makes copyinga lot easier I find.
I would like to know why this action happens also. Why is it that I can copy a sketch from any inserted plane to another inserted plane and the copy>paste actions performs as expected. But whenever I copy a sketch from the default "Top" plane to another inserted parallel plane or vice versa, the sketch always flips. I would like to hear from someone at SW whether this is a bug or by design. And if by design, why?
Go ahead and paste the sketch. Then use "modify sketch" to get the orientation you need.
If modify sketch refuses to work, there is an old trick to mirror a sketch: right-click on the pasted sketch and use "edit sketch plane" to move the sketch to a plane that is roughly perpendicular to the original sketch plane, and roughly parallel to the imaginary mirror line. Do it again to put the sketch on the plane you actually wanted, and it should be flipped.
Thanks everyone for posting, I'm still waiting for my cd's so I can't test any of your suggestions yet, but Thanks for when they do show up.
One thing I was doing to get my upper plane was hold down the ctrl key and with my mouse select the top plane and drag it upwards when it turned yellow to create a new plane. That new plane is where I was attemting to paste my sketch. I don't know if the way I was creating that plane was screwing something up or not?
This has ALWAYS been a issue for as long as I can recall and has wasted more time amoung users who are confused with why/how/what/where to resolve a simple problem which has never been addressed.
SW Corp does not see it as one but clearly it is.
So,..... do they listen to the users???????
Would convert entities do what you want? See SolidWorks help
"convert, entities" for info. Also may want to look at "offset, entities".
This may be an alternate solution to do what you need.
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