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Determining sketch plane orientation

Question asked by Scott Charles on Jan 29, 2013
Latest reply on Feb 7, 2013 by Frank Krockenberger

Is there a way to orient the sketch plane?  In SolidEdge, you can toggle through model features to define the bottom edge of the sketch plane.  In SolidWorks, it appears the sketch plane orientation is selected automatically.  Too often, I'll pick a model face to make a sketch, hit "normal to" and the sketch plane will rotate 90° from where I want it.  I'd like to control the sketch plane orientation so long parts or sketches are horizontal thus taking advantage of my widescreen monitor.  I know that views can be created to do this as a work around but it is cumbersome.

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