Changing The Direction Of Reference Planes

By Madeleine Hartle on

When applying restraints to fixtures in SOLIDWORKS, the reference plan tool can be used with high degrees of specification. With SOLIDWORKS 2015, customization of this feature is highly specific and allows you to apply multiple directional translations, including changing the normal direction of planes. 

Here’s how you do it. When creating a reference plane, there’s an option at the bottom of the Property Manager that will reverse the normal direction.


The arrow in the graphics area displays the direction of the normal vector.2If you need to change the direction of the vector after the plane has been created, you can do it one of two ways:

  1. Edit the plane feature and flip the normal under options.
  2. Select the plane and flip the normal from the icon in the context toolbar.

3The direction of the normal vector of the default planes cannot be changed.

Here are some examples of plane direction movements:


For more information and tips on using planes, view these links on SOLIDWORKS Web Help:

Creating Planes
Using a Reference Plane

Plane Property Manager  

Learn more with our On-Demand Webinar: Working with SOLIDWORKS Reference Planes Part 1.