SOLIDWORKS: How to Get a Non-Standard Drawing View

SOLIDWORKS: How to Get a Non-Standard Drawing View
Posted in: Mechanical Design
March 22, 2017

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Many times a drawing view must be created that is not part of the available standard views. The relative view command allows you to use faces or planes in your model to define a specific orientation. This is a great way to create views normal to angled faces of your model that you may need to dimension out or show detail on without having to have the reference drawing view that an auxiliary view requires.

So, how do we do it?

  1. Start a drawing or open an existing drawing file.
  2. Start the relative view command:
    • Insert>Drawing View>Relative to Model
    • Use the Command Search Bar for "Relative View".
  3. Select the model you wish to create the view of:
    • Select a drawing view containing the part or assembly.
    • Right-click and select "Insert From File…".*
  4. Once directed to the part/assembly file you will select faces or planes to define the orientation of the model**
  5. Place the Relative View on your sheet.


*Use this method if you want to create a Relative View of a component but do not want any other components from the assembly in the view. This prevents the creation of extra references to the assembly, which in turn can cause the Relative View to break if the assembly changes.

**If the model is a multi-body part the Property Manager will also have options for using the "Entire Part" or "Selected Bodies".

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March 22, 2017
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