Hi, i am a new user to Solidworks and
my question is
how do you change the direction of the red arrow (orientation points)? so it no longer sitting flat against the Top plane
I wanna make it sit 90 degrees to the plane so i can draw a vertical line.
If you making a 3d sketch then pressing TAB key will the direction.
If you're doing it in 2d sketch then you need to start a new sketch for creating that vertical line.
what i Meant was within the same sketch how do you change the direction of the red arrow.
For example. on top plane I am only able to draw lines horizontally and i want to draw a vertical line on the top plane
but i can't. it won't let me . Any Ideas?
You can do that with the same sketch in 2d. You can draw only on one plane in 2d sketching whereas in 3d sketch you can draw in any plane.
I think you don't understand what i mean. I did not mean 3d sketch. I meant in 2d sketch. I already know how to do that
How do you change the direction of the red arrow. Can anyone help me out here?
when you are in a 2D sketch you can use the "Modify" command: tools>sketch tools>Modify to change the direction, angle or even flip horizontally, vertically the local sketch origin. Read up on the SW help file since there are many options to this great command.
It is you who are not understanding. The red arrows indicate the X & Y axes of the 2D sketch, and those are the only options when in 2D.If you want to draw a line perpendicular to the 2D sketch plane, you will either have to start a new 2D sketch on a suitably oriented plane, or start with a 3D sketch.
A third axis cannot be added to a 2D sketch or it would no longer be a 2D sketch.
To add to Kelvin's comment,
First form the help file:
Every sketch in the part has its own origin, so there usually are multiple sketch origins in a part. When a sketch is open, you cannot turn off the display of its origin.
So the long red arrow is always the VERTICAL direction and the short one is always HORIZONTAL even if they are pointed is a different direction, so you either need to start on the plane\flat face that has the arrows i the direction you need them or create a plane that does.
think of the sketches as a sheet of 8.5" X 11" letter paper in a portait view, VERTICAL is always the 11", so if you need your sketch to go up from the top plane you would sketch on the front plane, the long red arrow (VERTICAL) is up or perpendicular to the top plane.
To expand on Lenny's point, SolidWorks does not give you control over which direction is vertical and which one is horizontal. It also does not give you the ability to reverse the direction of the vertical and horizontal arrows.
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