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Definitions of the "Standard Planes"?

Question asked by John Willett on Dec 30, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 19, 2015 by Jared Conway

I now have two books each on CAD and on FEA with SolidWorks (I am installing SW Premium, not the full Simulation package).  None of these tomes appears to define the "Standard Planes."

 

The only place I've actually encountered these planes is in CSV numerical output tables (made for me by another user) of nodal displacements from an FEA analysis of an assembly.  I was getting inexplicable results with "Top Plane" specified for the output and was told then, "The 'Front' plane (at the assembly level, if you are using an assembly) is supposed to be the referenced 'global' coordinate system for a collection of parts. Likewise the 'Front' plane is supposed to be the referenced 'global' coordinate system for a single part."  Changing the output to "Front Plane" did the trick, although I have no idea what was really going on.

 

Can somebody please explain the meaning of these planes and how the relate to the global coordinate system (whatever that is) in a part or an assembly? -- John Willett

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